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Top 25 Highest-Earning Hedge Fund Managers

Times may be tough for most folks, but not for the top moneymakers on Alpha magazine’s eighth annual ranking of the world’s best-paid hedge fund managers.


Times may be tough for most folks, but not for the top moneymakers on Alpha magazine’s eighth annual ranking of the world’s highest-earning hedge fund managers. They took home, on average, an anything but average $464 million apiece in 2008. Four hedge fund managers took home more than $1 billion each. Altogether the 25 highest-earning hedge fund managers made $11.6 billion, making 2008 the third-best year on record since Alpha began compiling its exclusive ranking.

Alpha uses two components to calculate earnings: the managers’ shares of their firm’s performance and management fees, as well as gains on their own capital invested in their funds.

The index below is a guide to the profiles of this year’s top-earning managers. You may click on the bolded names to read the top 11 hedge fund managers' profiles on the Alpha website. 

Rank Name Firm Name 2008 Earnings
1 James Simons Renaissance Technologies Corp. $2.5 billion

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