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Who’s ruling the hedge world? You’ll never guess

Who’s ruling the hedge world? You’ll never guess

In the nearly $3 trillion hedge fund universe, the rich keep getting richer and the big keep getting bigger.

As it has in previous years, investor money in 2013 kept flowing to the largest names in the space, with the top 100 controlling $1.5 trillion, according to the latest numbers from Institutional Investor’s Alpha Hedge Fund 100 list.

That’s an increase of 13 percent for the year and about 25 percent over the past two years.

Ray Dalio and Bridgewater Associates continued to lead the way, with $87.1 billion, while JPMorgan Asset Management maintained its No. 2 slot with $59 billion. The biggest mover in the top 10 was value investment guru Cliff Asness and AQR Capital Management, in Greenwich, Connecticut, which surged from the 14 spot all the way up to No. 7 as its assets grew 47 percent to $29.9 billion.

The trend toward large firms is curious in that many of them have shut their doors to new clients, including Citadel, Convexity Capital Management, D.E. Shaw & Co. and Viking Global Investors. A few other large firms, such as David Tepper’s Appaloosa, returned money to investors. (In rankings released last week, Tepper led hedge fund manager pay in 2013 at $3.5 billion.)

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