Five who made their mark

Mon Mar 31, 2008


Hedge funds are anything but faceless. Individual firms have been shaped by the personalities and ambitions of their founders – and Ken Griffin, Steve Mandel, John Paulson, Jim Simons and Dinakar Singh stand out for their influence and performance.


Ken Griffin, Steve Mandel, John Paulson, Jim Simons and Dinakar Singh stand out for their influence and performance

Hedge funds may be secretive, but they are anything but faceless. Individual firms have been shaped by the personalities and ambitions of their founders, and their ups and downs illuminate the big challenges and successes the industry has faced over the years.

Since our launch in 2003, Absolute Return has told the story of such managers, using their experience to shed light on both the news of the day and the deeper questions the industry faces.

In our first issue, Louis Bacon and Moore Capital Management became the focus for a discussion of the critical topic of hiring and retaining talent. Later, George Soros and his Soros Fund Management illuminated the question of succession. Bruce Kovner's Caxton Associates and Mark Kingdon's Kingdon Capital Management were just two of the funds that provided...

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