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Will you earn hundreds of millions as a hedge fund manager?

Unlikely. But you might earn tens.

Trader Monthly‘s latest annual instalment of trader pay porn shows that some London hedge funders (particularly those at GLG) did very well for themselves in 2007.

This side of the Atlantic, the biggest of the big boys were:

· Chris Hohn, The Children’s Investment Fund. Income estimated at $800m-$900m.

· Noam Gottesman, GLG Partners. Income estimated at $700m-$800m.

· Alan Howard, Brevan Howard Asset Management. Income estimated at $700m-$800m.

· Pierre Lagrange, GLG Partners. Income estimated at $700m-$800m.

· Greg Coffey, GLG Partners. Income estimated at $500m-$600m.

· Louis Bacon, Moore Capital Management. Income estimated at $400m-$500m.

But before anyone gets too excited, it’s worth bearing in mind that payouts of this magnitude are only marginally more likely than winning the EuroMillions lottery.

Claude Schwab, of hedge fund-focused headhunter Schwab Enterprise, says annual pay above $100m is “incredibly rare”, a “complete one-off”, and reserved only for a few “general managers” of the most successful funds.

Last year, most hedge fund traders and portfolio managers took home seven and eight-figure packages, says Schwab. After the worst start to the year on record for hedge funds (according to the Financial Times), pay for 2008 is likely to be a lot lower.

In possible anticipation of blowouts, Peter Elliott, of London hedge fund recruiter Emerson Chase, says employees of funds with less than $250m under management are already proving eager to move into larger funds and funds of funds.

Comments (4)

  1. They deserve every penny of their 9-figure pay-packet for being so talented, and I strongly hope they’re using tax planning to minimise the amount of it they have to give away. Congratulations to them all!

  2. I am a student in Internation Chicken Plucking from the University of Little Tinkelton. I want to be one of those guys. I think I am a very sucessful trader. Who can give me a job?

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  3. Ever heard of the 3 phrases :
    “Survivorship Bias” and
    “Radnomness” and
    “Ergodic Theory??”

    Let’s see if they reproduce their performance over several years, then can we deduce “talent” rather than luck. After all, an infinite number of monkeys in an infinite number of hedge funds WILL produce a probability of massive payoffs…..

  4. Sure these guys are smart- but anyone who is making that kind of money is simply lucky- there are too mahy smart guys making less

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