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Top 5 Largest Hedge Funds in 2019

Are you investing into hedge funds or are you managing a hedge fund?

Which are the top hedge funds in 2019?  Which hedge fund has the largest AUM (Assets under Management) in 2019?  How big is the hedge fund industry globally in 2019?

Caproasia Institute releases the top 5 largest hedge fund by AUM in 2019:

 

Top 5 Largest Hedge Funds in 2019

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The Top 5 Largest Hedge Funds in 2019




In 2019, the largest hedge fund by AUM is AQR Capital Management with $186 billion AUM.  The 2nd largest hedge fund by AUM is Bridgewater Associates with $160 billion AUM.  The 3rd largest hedge fund by AUM is Man Group with $112.7 billion AUM.

The 4th and 5th largest hedge funds are Renaissance Technologies with $70 billion AUM and Two Sigma Investments with $60 billion AUM.

In 2019 , the global hedge fund industry AUM is estimated at $3 trillion to $4 trillion, with more than 10,000 hedge fund managers and 25,000 hedge funds globally.

” AQR Capital Management is the largest hedge fund in 2019 with $186 billion “

 

2019 Top 5 Hedge Funds Ranking – by AUM

RankHedge FundHQFoundedAUM
1AQR Capital ManagementUS1998$186 billion
2Bridgewater AssociatesUS1975$160 billion
3Man GroupUK1987*$112.7 billion
4Renaissance TechnologiesUS1982$70 billion
5Two Sigma InvestmentsUS2001$60 billion

 

 

No. 1 AQR Capital Management

AQR Capital Management Website | February 2020

 

2019 #1 – AQR Capital Management

AQR Capital Management is the largest hedge fund in the world in 2019.  The hedge fund has around $186 billion Assets under Management (AUM).

AQR Capital Management is founded 22 years ago in 1998 by Cliff Asness, David Kabiller, Robert Krail, John Liew and 10 employees.  Currently, the hedge fund has more than 900+ employees.  AQR stands for Applied Quantitative Research.

Fast Facts:
  • Founded: 1998
  • Founders: Cliff Asness, David Kabiller, Robert Krail, John Liew and 10 employees
  • Origin: United States
  • HQ: Connecticut, United States
  • No. of Employees: 900+
  • AUM: $186 billion (31st Dec 2019)

Company Description:  AQR is a global investment management firm dedicated to delivering results for our clients. At the nexus of economics, behavioral finance, data and technology, AQR’s evolution over two decades has been a continuous exploration of what drives markets and how it can be applied to client portfolios. Our culture of intellectual curiosity compels us to challenge the status quo, disrupt long-held beliefs and uncover new insights.

Key People:
  • Managing and Founding Principal: Cliff Asness
  • Founding Principal: David Kabiller
  • Founding Principal: John Liew

Website: AQR Capital Management

 

No. 2 Bridgewater Associates 

Bridgewater Associates Website | February 2020

 

2019 #2 – Bridgewater Associates

Bridgewater Associates is the 2nd largest hedge fund in the world in 2019.  The hedge fund has around $160 billion Assets under Management (AUM).

Bridgewater Associates is founded 45 years ago in 1975 by Ray Dalio.  Currently, the hedge fund has around 1,500 employees.  The flagship fund of Bridgewater Associates is Pure Alpha.

Fast Facts:
  • Founded: 1975
  • Founder: Ray Dalio
  • Origin: United States
  • HQ: Connecticut, United States
  • No. of Employees: 1,500
  • AUM: $160 billion

Company Description: Bridgewater Associates is focused on understanding how the world works. By having the deepest possible understanding of the global economy and financial markets, and translating that understanding into great portfolios and strategic partnerships with institutional clients, we’ve built a distinct track record of success. We’ve done this for more than 40 years by having great people operate in a culture of radical truth and radical transparency. Today, we manage about $160 billion for approximately 350 of the largest and most sophisticated global institutional clients including public and corporate pension funds, university endowments, charitable foundations, supranational agencies, sovereign wealth funds, and central banks.

Key People:
  • Co-Chairman & Co-CIO: Ray Dalio
  • Co-CEO: David McCormick
  • Co-CEO: Eileen Murray
  • Co-CIO: Greg Jensen
  • Co-CIO: Bob Prince

Website: Bridgewater Associates

 

No. 3 Man Group

Man Group Website | February 2020

 

2019 #3 – Man Group

Man Group is the 3rd largest hedge fund in the world in 2019. The hedge fund has $112.7 billion Assets under Management (AUM).

Man AHL – the first Hedge Fund* of Man Group, is founded 33 years ago in 1987*.  Man AHL currently has $31.6 billion AUM.  Other Hedge Funds within Man Group are Man numeric, Man GLG, Man GPM and Man FRM.  Man Group is founded by James Man as a sugar cooperage and brokerage in 1783 in 1783 in London, United Kingdom.  Currently, the hedge fund has around 1,500 employees.

Fast Facts:
  • Founded: 1987 (Man AHL)
  • Founder: James Man
  • Origin: United Kingdom
  • HQ: London, United Kingdom
  • No. of Employees: 1,500
  • AUM: $112.7 billion (30th Sept 2019)

Company Description:  We are an active investment management firm focused on delivering attractive performance and client portfolio solutions, deploying the latest technology across our business to help ensure we stay at the forefront of our evolving industry.

Key People:
  • Chairman: Luke Ellis
  • CEO: John Cryan

Website: Man Group

* Man Group founded their first hedge fund – Man AHL in 1987

 

No. 4 Renaissance Technologies

Renaissance Technologies Website | February 2020

 

2019 #4 – Renaissance Technologies

Renaissance Technologies is the 4th largest hedge fund in the world in 2019. The hedge fund has around $70 billion Assets under Management (AUM).

Renaissance Technologies is founded 38 years ago in 1982 by James Simons.  Currently, the hedge fund has more than 200 to 300 employees. The flagship fund of Renaissance Technologies is the Medallion Fund.

Fast Facts:
  • Founded: 1982
  • Founder: James Simons
  • Origin: United States
  • HQ: New York, United States
  • No. of Employees: 200 – 300
  • AUM: $70 billion

Company Description: Renaissance Technologies is a quantitative investment management company trading in global financial markets, dedicated to producing exceptional returns for its investors by strictly adhering to mathematical and statistical methods.

Key People:
  • Co-Chairman: James Simons
  • Co-Chairman: Nathaniel Simons (Son of James Simons)

Website: Renaissance Technologies

 

No. 5 Two Sigma Investments

Two Sigma Investment Website | February 2020

 

2019 #5 – Two Sigma Investments

Two Sigma Investments is the 5th largest hedge fund in the world in 2019.  The hedge fund has more than $60 billion Assets under Management (AUM).

Two Sigma Investments is founded 19 years ago in 2001 by David Siegel, John Overdeck and Mark Pickard in 2001.  Currently, the hedge fund has around 1,700 employees.

Fast Facts:
  • Founded: 2001
  • Founders: David Siegel, John Overdeck, Mark Pickard
  • Origin: United States
  • HQ: New York, United States
  • No. of Employees: 1,700
  • AUM: $60 billion +

Company Description: More than 1,700 people who believe the scientific method is the best way to approach investing. Ideas backed up with information. And improved by iteration. That’s Two Sigma.

Key People:
  • Co-Chairman: David Siegel
  • Co-Chairman: John Overdeck

Website: Two Sigma Investments

 





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