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Hedge Funds Spawned by Hillhouse Burned in China Rout

  • Funds with Hillhouse pedigree post losses on TAL, KE, GDS
  • Funds may rebound as money flows back into China tech

For years, it’s been one of the best calling cards that hedge fund startups in Asia could ask for: getting support from billionaire Zhang Lei or gaining experience at his Hillhouse Capital Group.

After leveraging that Hillhouse pedigree to raise a combined $20 billion, the offshoot funds are losing some of their luster. Most have posted double-digit declines this year on the same Chinese tech, consumer and health-care sectors that Hillhouse itself backed to mint so many millionaires.