Barclays Global Investors Top Alpha’s Ranking of Europe’s Largest Hedge Fund Families

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Barclays Global Investors takes top honors as Europe’s biggest hedge fund manager.

Barclays Global Investors takes top honors as Europe’s biggest hedge fund manager, according to a new ranking published by Institutional Investor’s Alpha magazine. In Alpha’s Europe Hedge Fund 50, our third annual ranking of Europe’s biggest single-manager hedge fund families by assets, BGI moves up from fourth place in 2005 to No. 1 this year, with $13.0 billion in assets under management. The Alpha survey, released today in the magazine’s January/February issue, includes 50 firms — double the number in the previous year’s ranking.

Last year’s No. 1 managers, GLG Partners and Vega Asset Management, which tied with $11.1 billion in 2005, come in third and fourth, respectively, this year, with $11.1 billion and $10.6 billion in capital. New entrants to the list include HSBC at No. 5, with a total of $9.0 billion (which includes Sinopia Asset Management, with $8.5 billion, and Halbis Partners, with $500 million) and the Children’s Investment Fund Management U.K. at No. 15, with $5.0 billion in assets. The combined assets managed by the members of the 2006 Europe Hedge Fund 50 totaled $197.8 billion as of September 30, 2005.

Here are the five biggest managers from Alpha’s Europe Hedge Fund 50.

Ordered: Rank, Firm, Total capital ($ millions)

1, Barclays Global Investors, $13,047

2, Man Investment, $11,900

3, GLG Partners, $11,100

4, Vega Asset Management, $10,600

5, HSBC, $9,048

Alpha’s Europe Hedge Fund 50 provides each manager’s total assets under management as of September 30, 2005. These figures exclude funds of hedge funds, traditional long-only funds, dynamic money market funds and certain other types of assets. More details on the methodology can be found at

Institutional Investor’s Alpha is the premiere publication about hedge funds, focusing on managers and investors, as well as on those that provide advisory, financial and technological services to them. With rankings that include the Fund of Funds 50, the Europe Hedge Fund 50 and the Hedge Fund 100, and profiles of many top investors and managers, Alpha is a must-read for anyone involved in the hedge fund industry.

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