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Preqin finds the largest and oldest hedge funds have most of the capital

Friday, May 31, 2013

Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Preqin’s latest edition of their monthly Hedge Fund Spotlight finds that 61% of the capital in the hedge fund industry is managed by the 100 largest fund managers, who have combined assets under management of $1.4tln.

These firms are also the oldest. The firm says: "These 100 largest hedge fund managers have a mean year of establishment of 1994, compared to 2002 for all other hedge fund managers. Looking ahead, this trend is likely to continue, as investors who commit the largest amount of capital to hedge funds look to target hedge fund managers with a significant AUM. The 176 investors which allocate $1bn or more to hedge funds, on average require assets under management of $818m; in comparison, other hedge fund investors on average require assets under management of $474m."

Other highlights from the report include:

  • The mean AUM for the largest 100 fund managers is just under $13.9bn.
  • There are 17 fund managers on the largest 100 list that manage over $20bn.
  • Three - quarters of the largest 100 managers are based in the US, with 19% based in Europe.
  • In comparison, two - thirds of capital committed by $1bn plus investors is from institutions based in North America. 24% of capital from $1bn plus investors comes from those based in Europe, decreasing from 33% in 2012.
  • Although investors that allocate $1bn or more to hedge funds ......................

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