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25 Most Popular Hedge Fund Managers of 2010

It’s neither easy nor straightforward to determine who the best hedge fund managers are. One method used by magazines is identifying the best paid hedge fund managers. Unfortunately this is done annually and one year’s top hedge fund manager usually isn’t at the top the next year. Another method is to rank hedge funds by their 3-year performance and pick their managers as top dogs. This methodology lacks risk adjustments and riskier hedge funds will generally occupy the top seeds. But surely the most popular ones have water-cooler candor on their side.


Insider Monkey, your source for free insider trading data, gathered most hedge fund managers’ Google Trends popularity and ranked them. We have majority of the popular hedge fund managers in our list. Unfortunately some hedge fund managers share the same name with other popular people and we had to exclude them from our rankings (i.e. Richard Perry). Here are the 25 most popular hedge fund managers of 2010:

25           Eric Sprott

24           Daniel Loeb

23           James Altucher

22           Ray Dalio

21           Jim Simons

20           Julian Robertson

19           Bill Ackman

18           Louis Bacon

17           Ken Griffin

16           Stanley Druckenmiller

15           Seth Klarman

14           David Einhorn

13           Steve Eisman

12           Paul Tudor Jones

11           Ken Fisher

10           David Tepper

9              Peter Thiel

8              Hugh Hendry

7              Steven Cohen

6              Carl Icahn

5              Jim Chanos

4              T. Boone Pickens

3              John Paulson

2              George Soros

1              Warren Buffett (see Warren Buffett‘s top stock picks)

Other notable hedge fund managers who barely missed out are Bruce Berkowitz, Whitney Tilson, and Larry Robbins.