Tiger Global Management LLC is a New York-based investment firm founded by Chase Coleman in 2001 with $25 million in seed money from legendary investor Julian Robertson. The firm’s Tiger Global hedge fund has around $6 billion in assets under management as of the beginning of 2015. Billionaire Chase Coleman has a net worth of almost $2.1 billion, which makes him one of the richest self-made billionaires in the world according to Forbes, and the 318th richest person in the U.S. According to its latest 13F filing, Tiger Global Management’s public equity portfolio is valued at $9.12 billion and consists of 54 positions. The fund’s portfolio has a strong commitment to the consumer discretionary and information technology sectors, which collectively represent 79% of the total portfolio value. Tiger Global Management’s largest positions are represented by JD.Com Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ:JD), Mastercard Inc (NYSE:MA), Twenty-First Century Fox Inc (NASDAQ:FOXA) and TransDigm Group Incorporated (NYSE:TDG).
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Let’s take a closer look at Chase Coleman’s top picks. On the first spot is JD.Com Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ:JD), in which the investor almost tripled its stake to 20.92 million shares valued at $614.67 million from 5.11 million shares. This big move increased the exposure of the holding in the hedge fund’s portfolio to 6.74% from 1.40% at the end of 2014. In terms of transaction volume, JD.Com Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ:JD) is the biggest online direct sales company in China, and sports a $46.7 billion market cap. Recently, the company announced a $171 million investment to acquire a 10% stake in Kingdee International Software Group Company Limited, a software products and cloud services provider. Shares of JD.Com have gained more than 60% over the past year and 47% year-to-date.
The second largest position in Tiger Global’s public equity portfolio at the end of the first quarter of 2015 was Mastercard Inc (NYSE:MA), one of its long-term holdings. In the global payments industry and technology company, Chase Coleman disclosed holding 7.11 million shares, a slight decrease compared to the previous quarter, with the position valued at $614.33 million. As reported for the first quarter of 2015, Mastercard Inc (NYSE:MA)’s net income has increased by 17.24% to $1.02 billion, along with $0.89 diluted earnings per share. During the January-March period, the company repurchased a total of almost 11.0 million shares at an average price of $86.32 per share of Class A common stock. The largest shareholders of Mastercard Inc (NYSE:MA) among the funds from our database are Stephen Mandel‘s Lone Pine Capital owning 12.97 million shares, followed by Tom Russo’s Gardner Russo & Gardner and Andreas Halvorsen’s Viking Global with 10.02 million shares and 8.26 million shares, respectively.