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Wall Street's richest

The top 25 hedge funders of 2017

$25.4 bln is the cumulative net gains from inception through the end of 2017 of billionaire David Tepper’s Appaloosa Management. It was founded in 1993
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Even the kings of Wall Street suffer from an income disparity. The top five hedge funders earned nearly half of the $16.8 billion we tallied for our annual list of the 25 highest-earning hedgies. Two members of the roll, Philippe Laffont and John Armitage, are newly minted billionaires thanks to their mega-paydays. Both are dyed-in-the-wool stock pickers, a seemingly rare breed these days.

Image: Platt: Photo Illustration: Sameer Pawar; Loeb: David Paul Morris / Bloomberg; Hohn: Andreas Scholz / Bloomberg News; Laffont: Kimberly White/Getty Images