Now that the year is about to come to a close, it’s time to find out who were the top players for 2015 in terms of trading profitability. Here’s a list of the best performing hedge fund traders based on annual percentage gains:
- Palo Alto Investors (William Leland Edwards)
Topping the list is Palo Alto Investors founded by William Leland Edwards, boasting of a whopping 71.7% return year-to-date. The fund has a total value of roughly $2 billion and has 27 stock holdings.
As the name suggests, this privately-held company is based in Palo Alto, California, with its founder being the son of the one of the original Silicon Valley venture capitalists, Bill Edwards.
- Ancient Art or Teton Capital (Quincy Lee)
Next up is Quincy Lee’s Ancient Art hedge fun, formerly known as Teton Capital. It has been able to rake in an impressive 27.8% gain year-to-date, managing a total account value of nearly $400 million with 12 stock holdings. Lee is a former executive of the company Rackspace Hosting and holds most of his investments in the Technology and Services sector.
- Signpost Capital (Siddarth Thacker)
Coming up close is Signpost Capital, headed by Siddarth Thacker. The fund is up roughly 23.4% year-to-date, with a total value of $167 million and 11 stock holdings. The fund was launched in 2012 by Thacker and Brandon Weber who have previously worked together at Citadel Investment Group.
- Abrams Bison Investments (Gavin Abrams)
In fourth place is Gavin Abrams’ Abrams Bison Investments with a 15.7% gain year-to-date for a total fund value of a little over $1 billion and only 7 stock holdings. Among its holdings are L Brands Inc. (LTD), Carmax Inc. (KMX), and Interactive Brokers Group (IBKR).
- Cedar Rock Capital (Andy Brown)
Also coming up close is Cedar Rock Capital led by Andy Brown. The fund currently holds a 14.4% year-to-date profit at a total fund value of $3.7 billion and 7 stock holdings. Earlier this year, it was reported that Brown paid himself 14 million GBP in dividends even as profits were down in the past months.
- Glade Brook Capital Partners (Paul Hudson)
In sixth place is Glade Brook Capital Partners led by Paul Hudson. The fund is up 13.4% year-to-date for a total value of $271 million and 7 stock holdings. This hedge fund has been known for placing a huge bet on Chinese company Alibaba, projecting that the company could be worth $200 billion once it goes public.
- Lansdowne Partners (Paul Ruddock and Steve Heinz)
Close behind Glade Brook is Lansdowne Partners, founded by Paul Ruddock and Steve Heinz. This fund is up 13.3% year-to-date for a total value of $11.6 billion and 47 stock holdings. The fund was founded way back in 1998, focusing primarily on providing services to pooled investment vehicles.
- Aew Capital Management (Jeffrey Furber)
In eighth place is Aew Capital Management led by Jeffrey Furber. This fund is up 12.5% year-to-date and holds a total value of $4.3 billion at 47 stock holdings.
- Altimeter Capital Management (Brad Gerstner)
Next up is Brad Gerstner’s Altimeter Capital Management, with a 12.3% gain year-to-date. It has a total fund value of $1.3 billion at 22 stock holdings. Interestingly enough, Gerstner also happens to be an amateur pilot and has plans of building a venture capital empire.
- Echo Street Capital Management (Greg Poole)
Rounding up the list is Echo Street Capital Management of Greg Poole, which is up 11.8% year-to-date. The fund has a total value of $2.27 billion at 144 stock holdings. The company is based in New York, where Poole previously worked as a portfolio manager for Goldman Sachs Asset Management.
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