NYC and Manhattan in particular are often seen as the center of the financial universe and there are many hedge funds in NYC. These are some of the biggest and the best hedge funds and hedge fund managers that NYC has to offer.
Stephen Feinberg runs Cerebus Capital from NYC. Cerebus is a $19B fund that specializes in distressed investments such as companies on the verge of bankruptcy. He worked at Drexel in its heyday when Milken was a master of the universe and making hundreds of millions when centi-millions actually were a lot of money.
David Shaw runs D.E. Shaw & Co. It too is headquartered in Manhattan. Shaw was one of the first big quantitative investors who relied on computer models to trade financial assets and he was one of the most successful, right up there with James Simmons at Renaissance. His firm took a massive beating in 1998 during the whole crisis caused by the Russian default and Long Term Capital blowup. But his firm has bounced back and is still in business. He used to be a computer science professor, but as a hedge fund manager is worth more than $1B. Not bad for a rocket scientist.
Fortress Investment Group
Michael Novogratz runs FIG, which is a NYC based firm. It has more than $4B in assets under management and Novogratz is personally worth more than $2B. He got his start with Goldman and runs the firm with the assistance of Briger and Edens. He used to fly helicopters in the army and so he probably has nerves of steel, which is helpful in this volatile investment climate.
Goldman Sachs Asset Management
This is an internal division of G.S. It is also located in Manhattan and is responsible for more than $32 billion dollars. It has had a number of up and down years, but always seems to find a way to come out on top.
Millennium is controlled by Israel Englander, who has a very interesting name that incorporates two countries in it: Israel and England. Englander donates tidy sums of money to Jewish causes, so it appears that he skews towards Israel. He is an outstanding trader, who unfortunately got caught up in the mutual fund market timing scandal. He got off fairly easy, paying $30M out of his own pocket and of course no jail time.
Daniel Loeb runs NYC based firm, Third Point. He is an excellent stock picker who is known for writing caustic letters to under performing management teams. He is known for regularly going activist to get poorly performing companies to perform better after he makes large investments at fire sale prices.