The 30 Hedge Funds That Crushed Wall Street In 2013

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What’s a new year without a scoreboard check?

The February issue of Bloomberg Markets Magazine contains its annual ranking of the 100 best performing large ($1 billion-plus AUM) hedge funds of the previous year.

We have the top 30 for you here.

In 2013, only 16 hedge funds were able to outperform the S&P 500, and for the most part those 16 did the same thing — go long stocks all the way.

The number one spot belongs to Larry Robbins, the CEO of Glenview Capital. His fund finished the year on top with an astonishing 84 per cent return. While some managers were nervous and held on to cash, Glenview bet that Obamacare would pump up healthcare stocks and ran with that.

For what it’s worth, Robbins sees more “underhanded softballs” being thrown all over the stock market in 2014 too.

(Note: Bloomberg Market’s list features the top 100 large hedge funds. The performance numbers are calculated through October 31, 2013)

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title=”Blue Harbour Strategic Value Partners (Clifton Robbins)”
content=”Management Firm, Location: Blue Harbour Group, U.S.

Strategy: Activist

Assets (in billions): $US1.3

YTD Total Return: +19.8%

2012 Return: +16.2%

Source: Bloomberg
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caption=”Clifton Robbins”
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title=”Odey European (Crispin Odey)”
content=”Management Firm, Location: Odey Asset Management, U.K.

Strategy: Macro

Assets (in billions): $US2.1

YTD Total Return: +20%

2012 Return: +30.7%

Source: Bloomberg
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caption=”Crispin Odey”
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permalink=”serengeti-opportunities-strategy-joseph-la-nasa-vivian-lau-3″
title=”Serengeti Opportunities Strategy (Joseph La Nasa, Vivian Lau)”
content=”Management Firm, Location: Serengeti Asset Management, U.S.

Strategy: Event driven

Assets (in billions): $US1.0

YTD Total Return: +20.3%

2012 Return: +13.4%

Source: Bloomberg
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permalink=”marcato-international-richard-mick-mcguire-4″
title=”Marcato International (Richard ‘Mick’ McGuire)”
content=”Management Firm, Location: Marcato Capital Management, U.S.

Strategy: Activist

Assets (in billions): $US2.0

YTD Total Return: +20.7%

2012 Return: +28.8%

Source: Bloomberg
image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/52cb2ef0ecad04424d17e575″
caption=”Mick McGuire”
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title=”Senator Global Opportunity (Alexander Klabin, Douglas Silverman)”
content=”Management Firm, Location: Senator Investment Group, U.S.

Strategy: Event driven

Assets (in billions): $US6.0

YTD Total Return: +20.9%

2012 Return: +14.4%

Source: Bloomberg
image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/52cb2f0a6bb3f70d5317e565″
caption=”Alexander Klabin”
credit_href=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbtkgD_jpWc”
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title=”Litespeed Partners (Jamie Zimmerman)”
content=”Management Firm, Location: Litespeed Management, U.S.

Strategy: Event driven

Assets (in billions): $US2.2

YTD Total Return: +20.9%

2012 Return: +21.8%

Source: Bloomberg
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caption=”Jamie Zimmerman”
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title=”Paulson Advantage Plus (John Paulson)”
content=”Management Firm, Location: Paulson & Co., U.S.

Strategy: Merger arbitrage

Assets (in billions): $US4.3

YTD Total Return: +21.0%

2012 Return: -19.0%

Source: Bloomberg
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caption=”John Paulson”
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title=”Egerton Long-Short Master (John Armitage)”
content=”Management Firm, Location: Egerton Capital, U.K.

Strategy: Long/short

Assets (in billions): $US3.8

YTD Total Return: +21.0%

2012 Return: 13.7%

Source: Bloomberg
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caption=”John Armitage”
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title=”AQR Style Premia Strategy (Team managed)”
content=”Management Firm, Location: AQR Capital Management, U.S.

Strategy: Multi strategy

Assets (in billions): $US1.2

YTD Total Return: +21.5%

2012 Return: N/A

Source: Bloomberg
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caption=”Cliff Asness”
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permalink=”omega-overseas-partners-a-leon-cooperman-10″
title=”Omega Overseas Partners A (Leon Cooperman)”
content=”Management Firm, Location: Omega Advisors, U.S.

Strategy: Long/short

Assets (in billions): $US2.3

YTD Total Return: +22.4%

2012 Return: +28.0%

Source: Bloomberg
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caption=”Leon Cooperman”
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[slide
permalink=”kayne-anderson-mlp-jc-frey-11″
title=”Kayne Anderson MLP (J.C. Frey)”
content=”Management Firm, Location: Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, U.S.

Strategy: Long/short

Assets (in billions): $US1.6

YTD Total Return: +22.4%

2012 Return: +5.5%

Source: Bloomberg
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caption=”J.C. Frey”
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permalink=”jana-nirvana-master-barry-rosenstein-and-david-didomenico-12″
title=”JANA Nirvana Master (Barry Rosenstein and David DiDomenico)”
content=”Management Firm, Location: Jana Partners, U.S.

Strategy: Event driven

Assets (in billions): $US2.5

YTD Total Return: +23.5%

2012 Return: +33.4%

Source: Bloomberg
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caption=”Barry Rosenstein”
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[slide
permalink=”paulson-partners-enhanced-john-paulson-13″
title=”Paulson Partners Enhanced (John Paulson)”
content=”Management Firm, Location: Paulson & Co., U.S.

Strategy: Merger arbitrage

Assets (in billions): $US6.4

YTD Total Return: +25.0%

2012 Return: +18.2%

Source: Bloomberg
image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/5137cca769beddec1400000d”
caption=”John Paulson”
credit_href=”http://pictures.reuters.com/C.aspx?VP3=SearchResult_VPage&VBID=2C04WNVAG8SRM&SMLS=1&RW=1329&RH=842″
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title=”JAT Capital Offshore (John A. Thaler)”
content=”Management Firm, Location: JAT Capital Management, U.S.

Strategy: Long/short

Assets (in billions): $US1.9

YTD Total Return: +25.3%

2012 Return: -19.6%

Source: Bloomberg
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[slide
permalink=”joho-a-robert-karr-15″
title=”Joho A (Robert Karr)”
content=”Management Firm, Location: Joho Capital, U.S.

Strategy: Long/short

Assets (in billions): $US4.3

YTD Total Return: +25.9%

2012 Return: +8.8%

Source: Bloomberg
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credit_href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/robof07/with/9326607010/”
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permalink=”lansdowne-developed-markets-peter-davies-stuart-roden-jonathon-regis-16″
title=”Lansdowne Developed Markets (Peter Davies, Stuart Roden, Jonathon Regis)”
content=”Management Firm, Location: Lansdowne Partners, U.K.

Strategy: Long/short

Assets (in billions): $US8.9

YTD Total Return: +26.6%

2012 Return: +18.0%

Source: Bloomberg
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caption=””
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permalink=”alden-global-distressed-opportunities-team-managed-17″
title=”Alden Global Distressed Opportunities (Team managed)”
content=”Management Firm, Location: Alden Global Capital, Jersey

Strategy: Distressed

Assets (in billions): $US1.1

YTD Total Return: +26.7%

2012 Return: +12.1%

Source: Bloomberg
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[slide
permalink=”vr-global-offshore-richard-deitz-18″
title=”VR Global Offshore (Richard Deitz)”
content=”Management Firm, Location: VR Advisory Services, U.K.

Strategy: Distressed

Assets (in billions): $US2.0

YTD Total Return: +27.4%

2012 Return: +20.6%

Source: Bloomberg
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[slide
permalink=”third-point-ultra-daniel-loeb-19″
title=”Third Point Ultra (Daniel Loeb)”
content=”Management Firm, Location: Third Point, U.S.

Strategy: Event driven

Assets (in billions): $US2.3

YTD Total Return: +28.8%

2012 Return: +33.5%

Source: Bloomberg
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caption=”Daniel Loeb”
credit_href=”http://instagram.com/thebrownstoneny/”
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[slide
permalink=”two-sigma-compass-enhanced-team-managed-20″
title=”Two Sigma Compass Enhanced (Team managed)”
content=”Management Firm, Location: Two Sigma Investments, U.S.

Strategy: Managed futures

Assets (in billions): $US4.0

YTD Total Return: +29.2%

2012 Return: +8.2%

Source: Bloomberg
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caption=””
credit_href=”http://vimeo.com/71536729″
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[slide
permalink=”pelham-longshort-ross-turner-21″
title=”Pelham Long/Short (Ross Turner)”
content=”Management Firm, Location: Pelham Capital Management, U.K.

Strategy: Long/short

Assets (in billions): $US3.2

YTD Total Return: +30.3%

2012 Return: +18.4%

Source: Bloomberg
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caption=””
credit_href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/sbrimbillina/165863998/”
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[slide
permalink=”palomino-david-tepper-22″
title=”Palomino (David Tepper)”
content=”Management Firm, Location: Appaloosa Management, U.S.

Strategy: Opportunistic

Assets (in billions): $US7.3

YTD Total Return: +31.5%

2012 Return: +29.3%

Source: Bloomberg
image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/52cc1fc1ecad04771c2d2206″
caption=”David Tepper”
credit_href=”http://www.bloomberg.com/video/what-s-alpha-star-david-tepper-s-winning-strategy-XGkNGSi1RdCe3C3FSdhJmQ.html”
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[slide
permalink=”trian-partners-nelson-peltz-peter-may-ed-garden-23″
title=”Trian Partners (Nelson Peltz, Peter May, Ed Garden)”
content=”Management Firm, Location: Trian Fund Management, U.S.

Strategy: Activist

Assets (in billions): $US7.8

YTD Total Return: +34.9%

2012 Return: +0.9%

Source: Bloomberg
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caption=”Nelson Peltz”
credit_href=””
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permalink=”glenview-capital-partners-larry-robbins-24″
title=”Glenview Capital Partners (Larry Robbins)”
content=”Management Firm, Location: Glenview Capital Management, U.S.

Strategy: Long/short

Assets (in billions): $US3.2

YTD Total Return: +37.4%

2012 Return: +24.2%

Source: Bloomberg
image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/52cc1ff56da811cc762e421c”
caption=”Larry Robbins”
credit_href=”http://www.businessinsider.com/author/julia-la-roche”
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[slide
permalink=”owl-creek-overseas-jeffrey-altman-daniel-krueger-jeffrey-lee-25″
title=”Owl Creek Overseas (Jeffrey Altman, Daniel Krueger, Jeffrey Lee)”
content=”Management Firm, Location: Owl Creek Asset Management, U.S.

Strategy: Event driven/multi strategy

Assets (in billions): $US3.2

YTD Total Return: +38.1%

2012 Return: +11.1%

Source: Bloomberg
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[slide
permalink=”the-childrens-investment-christopher-hohn-26″
title=”The Children’s Investment (Christopher Hohn)”
content=”Management Firm, Location: The Children’s Investment Fund Mgmt., U.K.

Strategy: Activist

Assets (in billions): $US7.3

YTD Total Return: +39.7%

2012 Return: +30%

Source: Bloomberg
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caption=”Christopher Hohn”
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[slide
permalink=”lansdowne-developed-markets-sif-stuart-roden-peter-davies-jonathon-regis-27″
title=”Lansdowne Developed Markets SIF (Stuart Roden, Peter Davies, Jonathon Regis)”
content=”Management Firm, Location: Lansdowne Partners, U.K.

Strategy: Activist

Assets (in billions): $US7.3

YTD Total Return: +39.7%

2012 Return: +30%

Source: Bloomberg
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caption=””
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[slide
permalink=”paulson-recovery-john-paulson-28″
title=”Paulson Recovery (John Paulson)”
content=”Management Firm, Location: Paulson & Co., U.S.

Strategy: Long equity

Assets (in billions): $US2.4

YTD Total Return: +45%

2012 Return: +4.9%

Source: Bloomberg
image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/52cc1fa669bedd112697f6b9″
caption=”John Paulson”
credit_href=”http://www.businessinsider.com/author/julia-la-roche”
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[slide
permalink=”matrix-capital-management-david-goel-29″
title=”Matrix Capital Management (David Goel)”
content=”Management Firm, Location: Matrix Capital Management, U.S.

Strategy: Long/short

Assets (in billions): $US1.6

YTD Total Return: +56.0%

2012 Return: +20%

Source: Bloomberg
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permalink=”glenview-capital-opportunity-larry-robbins-30″
title=”Glenview Capital Opportunity (Larry Robbins)”
content=”Management Firm, Location: Glenview Capital Management, U.S.

Strategy: Long/short

Assets (in billions): $US1.8

YTD Total Return: +84.2%

2012 Return: +54.3%

Source: Bloomberg
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caption=”Larry Robbins”
credit_href=””
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title=”It’s a different looking list from last year’s crew…”
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