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Citadel’s $16 Billion Win Tops Paulson’s Greatest Trade Ever

  • LCH table shows top 20 hedge funds made $22.4 billion profit
  • However, losses grew among smaller outfits in a volatile year
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WATCH: Ken Griffin’s Citadel outperformed the rest of the hedge fund industry last year.Source: Bloomberg
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Ken Griffin’s Citadel churned out a record $16 billion in profit for clients last year, outperforming the rest of the industry and eclipsing one of history’s most successful financial plays.

The top 20 hedge fund firms collectively generated $22.4 billion in profit after fees, according to estimates by LCH Investments, a fund of hedge funds. Citadel’s gain was the largest annual return for a hedge fund manager, surpassing the $15 billion that John Paulson generated in 2007 on his bet against subprime mortgages. This was described as the “greatest trade ever” in a subsequent book of the same name by Gregory Zuckerman.