Since the 1990s, hedge funds have risen to become the juggernauts of the investing world, and new firms are springing up at a rate unseen for a decade.
At least five new funds, managing at least $US1 billion each, will open in 2015. Last year, there were eight in total.
Bloomberg’s Katherine Burton and Simone Foxman highlighted this year’s five new firms, which include:
- Folger Hill, headed by Sol Kumin, formerly of SAC Capital
- Governors Lane, headed by Isaac Corre, from Eton Park
- Lion Point, under Didric Cederholm, from Elliot Associates
- Thunderbird, headed by David Fear, from Ziff Brothers
- TED, under Chris Rokos, from Brevan Howard
Since last year, four new hedge fund managers came from Ziff, which lost some important people after deciding to reorganise. But the Ziff brothers will still invest in David Fear’s new Thunderbird Partners.
Another new firm, Governors Lane, will reportedly receive a fat check — up to $US500 million — from billionaire Goerge Soros when the event-driven fund opens.
Remember, like all start-ups, new hedge funds can face big obstacles, or even sputter and fail, despite how excited investors get or how many billions they raise in the beginning. And remember, modern-day greats like Dan Loeb, David Einhorn and more started out with just a fraction of a billion.
So who knows if starting with a splash is really what counts anyway?