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'Greatest ever': Citadel made nearly $16 billion for clients in 2022

The top 20 hedge fund firms collectively generated $22.4 billion in profit after fees, according to estimates by LCH Investments, a fund of hedge funds

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Ken Griffin’s Citadel churned out a record $16 billion in profit for clients last year, outperforming the rest of the industry and one of history’s most successful financial plays.

The top 20 hedge fund firms collectively generated $22.4 billion in profit after fees, according to estimates by LCH Investments, a fund of .

Citadel’s gain was the largest annual return for a hedge fund manager, surpassing the $15 billion that John Paulson generated in 2007 on his bet against subprime mortgages. This was described as the “greatest trade ever” in a subsequent book of the same name by Gregory Zuckerman.

But it’s a different story outside the industry giants, with overall losing $208 billion last year as many managers found themselves on the wrong side of global market turmoil.

LCH estimated a return of 3.4 per cent at the top 20 managers — while the rest of funds it studied suffered losses of 8.2 per cent.

“The largest gains were once again made by the large multistrategy like Citadel, DE Shaw and Millennium,” LCH Chairman Rick Sopher said . “The strong gains they have generated in recent years reflect their increasing dominance in strategies which do not depend on rising asset prices, and their substantial size.”

The findings also reflect the growing clout of multistrategy hedge fund firms, which are on the cusp of taking over equity-focused funds to become the dominant strategy in the industry.

Their growing assets and higher fees are helping them win an expensive battle to hire and retain top traders.

LCH estimated that the industry has produced gains in excess of $1.4 trillion for clients since inception.

The top 20 managers, which oversaw almost 19 per cent of the industry assets, produced $692 billion of that profit, or 49 per cent of the total.


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First Published: Mon, January 23 2023. 23:51 IST

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