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Top hedge fund managers

With that in mind, here are three of the richest money managers in the world, and what they’re currently betting on.

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Ray Dalio

Net worth: $19.1 billion

As of March, Ray Dalio holds $19.1 billion in personal wealth, making him one of the top 100 richest people in the world. He runs Bridgewater Associates, one of the largest hedge funds globally.

According to the firm’s latest 13F filing, Dalio’s team was adding banks like JP Morgan Chase (JPM) and Bank of America (BAC) to the portfolio. Meanwhile, Procter & Gamble (PG) was one of the largest acquisitions worth 4.13% of the firm’s total portfolio.

Jim Simons

Net worth: $28.1 billion

Jim Simons is the second-wealthiest on this list, worth nearly $10 billion more than Ray Dalio. He runs New York-based hedge fund Renaissance Technologies.

Simons recently added more shares of Apple (AAPL) to the portfolio, while the biggest holding in the portfolio is Novo Nordisk (NVO). However, the fund’s investment strategy is notoriously complicated and based on statistical patterns and non-random events in the market. That’s why the equity portfolio may not explain Simon’s overall exposure to the market.

Ken Griffin

Net worth: $35 billion

Ken Griffin is the wealthiest hedge fund manager of the three, and it’s not particularly close. Much of this can be attributed to his enormous 80% stake in the Miami-based hedge fund Citadel Securities.

After gaining $16 billion on its investments last year, Citadel became the most successful hedge fund in the world in 2022. The firm bought Netflix stock recently, according to its latest 13F filing. Meanwhile, the largest and smallest positions in the portfolio are put and call options on the S&P 500 (SPY), which suggests that the fund’s investment strategy is a complicated mix of derivatives.

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An important caveat

Hedge fund portfolios are complicated. What we know is based on regulatory filings like the Form ADV and the 13F. These forms are filed quarterly, which means the positions may have changed substantially by the time retail investors like us learn about it. They also don’t include details about derivatives such as options, futures or leverage. That means a hedge fund’s true position in a company is difficult to discern.

The strategic moves of successful hedge funds could offer broad clues about the market’s economic outlook, but shouldn’t be an integral part of a retail investor’s personal investment strategy.

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About the Author

Vishesh Raisinghani

Vishesh Raisinghani

Freelance Writer

Vishesh Raisinghani is a freelance contributor at MoneyWise. He has been writing about financial markets and economics since 2014 - having covered family offices, private equity, real estate, cryptocurrencies, and tech stocks over that period. His work has appeared in Seeking Alpha, Motley Fool Canada, Motley Fool UK, Mergers & Acquisitions, National Post, Financial Post, and Yahoo Canada.

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