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The 2017 Pension Political Power 25: Paul Singer

No. 15. Paul Singer, President, Elliott Management Corp.

15. Paul Singer
Elliott Management Corp.

As chairman of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, a free-market think tank, Paul Singer, president of hedge fund Elliott Management Corp., has been shaking up the pension world. Pensions are a big research priority for the institute, which maintains they need reforming so states and municipalities can better afford current services, including K–12 education. Pension clients are a big source of business for $28 billion-in-assets Elliott Management; Singer and other hedge fund managers who support the Manhattan Institute while managing defined benefit pension money face flak from unions. But the 72-year-old is known for his candid views on pensions, including his position that they are in far worse financial shape than the public realizes. —Julie Segal

The 2017 Pension Political Power 25

1. Andy Puzder
Secretary of Labor
2. Bruce Rauner
Governor of Illinois
3. Betsy DeVos
Secretary of Education
4. Laura & John Arnold
Laura and John Arnold Foundation
5. Steven Mnuchin
Secretary of the Treasury
6. Wilbur Ross
Secretary of Commerce
7. Tani Cantil-Sakauye
California Chief Justice
8. Paul Ryan
Speaker of the House
9. Anthony Scaramucci
Founder, SkyBridge Capital
10. Kevin de León
California State Senator and President Pro Tempore
11. Mike Enzi
Chairman, Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Retirement Security
12. Steve Sweeney
New Jersey State Senate
13. Jerry Brown
Governor of California
14. Corey Lewandowski
Co-founder, Avenue Strategies
15. Paul Singer
Elliott Management Corp.
16. Randel Johnson
Senior Vice President, Labor, Immigration, and Employee Benefits, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
17. Joe Manchin
U.S. Senator
18. Kenneth Feinberg
Founder and managingpartner, Feinberg Rozen
19. Scott Walker
Governor of Wisconsin
20. Richard Trumka
President, AFL-CIO
21. Mike Rawlings
Mayor of Dallas
22. Elizabeth Warren
U.S. Senator
23. Kent Mason
Davis & Harman
24. Bernie Sanders
U.S. Senator
25. Randi Weingarten
President, American Federation of Teachers

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