But two Europeans head table, according to our latest survey
With the year only half over, 2004 has already made a place for itself in the hedge fund record books, with two European firms - Vega Asset Management and GLG - overtaking their U.S. counterparts to become the largest hedge funds in the world, each over $11 billion under management.
To be sure, the crown is not one that a lot of hedge funds operators - particularly those in the U.S. - admit to caring to win. And for those actively trying to rein in their bulk, any asset gains in 2004 were either a function of investment profits or a sign that they just couldn't resist accepting additional capital from investors desperate to find a place to make some money. But still, others have found ways to profitably raise more capital, many through expanding the menu of strategies they run.