Alpha’s 2016 Rich List Spotlights Quant Managers

The top 25 hedge fund managers on this year’s Alpha Rich List made a combined $12.94 billion in 2015. Editor Michael Peltz discusses the ranking on CNBC’s Squawk Box.


This is the year of the quants. According to Alpha’s Rich List, a ranking of the highest-earning hedge fund managers in the world, about half of the top 25 earners used computer-generated investing strategies to generate all or some of their profits. Last year’s top earner, Citadel’s Kenneth Griffin, shares the No. 1 spot with Rennaissance Technologies founder James Simons, who appeared on the list all 15 years — the only person to do so. Each earned $1.7 billion in 2015.

Editor Michael Peltz appeared on CNBC’s Squawk Box to discuss the ranking, released today, and sheds light on the quant investing trend, key facts and figures, and the hedge fund managers who struggled to beat the market.