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It would be interesting to cross section this against the success of each firms most/least successful funds. To identify what proportions of these gains are attributable to a good business model (eg. A profitable fees structure and effective sales engine building a quality client base), versus consistent successful investment. No doubt their funds must be on fire but is that just because their models are working in the current climate only? My experience would say a bit from column A and bit from column B. but I doubt that next year it will be the same funds enjoy the same level of great success.
Interesting this is really the other side of the coin of trading, the investment and funds business. However some really good lessons there on how to run a business in trading for consistent profitability.
Out of interest I tabulated the managers 2013 returns from the following links for whichever I could find. This was done quickly and the data is a little fuzzy. In a great year for the S&P 500 some managers in the top earners list still managed to kill it whilst the average return in the hedge fund universe was 7.4%. From Big Mike's link, I also found it interesting that James Simons who no longer actively manages money but is still in the top few earners and more impressively he has been the only person to qualify for the list for the past 13 years. Holy grail anyone?