The hedge funder whose GameStop short bets led to a 53% January loss took home $846 million in 2020

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  • Melvin Capital founder Gabe Plotkin took home nearly $850 million last year, according to Bloomberg’s ranking of the highest paid hedge fund managers. 
  • Melvin Capital found itself at the center of the GameStop saga at the start of this year, as short-squeeze conditions resulted in a loss of 53% for the fund in January. 
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Gabe Plotkin, the founder of short-seller Melvin Capital, took home $846 million in 2020, netting him a spot among the top hedge fund earners last year, according to Bloomberg. 

In total, the 15 hedge fund managers, all men, took home an estimated $23 billion in 2020. Taking the top spot was Tiger Global Management founder Chase Colman who earned $3 billion, according to Bloomberg.

Plotkin’s Melvin Capital found itself at the center of the GameStop short-squeeze saga that captivated markets in January as an army of Reddit day traders sparred with hedge funds to push shares of the video-game retailer through the roof. The result for Melvin Capital was a stunning 53% loss and a $460 million loss of Plotkin personally, Bloomberg reports.  

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New York-based Melvin Capital closed its short position in GameStop on on January 27. The fund began this year with $12.5 billion in assets under management, and ended January with over $8 billion. Billionaire investors Steve Cohen and Ken Griffin invested $2.75 billion in the fund as losses piled up. 

As of Monday, GameStop has lost over $20 billion in market cap since the stock’s Reddit-saga peak back on January 27, falling from intraday highs of over $450 to just over $50.

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