There was no shortage of interest, and spending, from hedge fund big-shots in the 2018 midterm elections. A new report from Washington D.C. non-profit Public Citizen found that of the top 10 biggest individual donors, five were hedge fund founders: Farallon Capitals Tom Steyer, Paloma Partners Donald Sussman, Renaissance Technologies Jim Simons, Citadels Ken Griffin, and Soros Fund Managements George Soros.
While big-name finance donors like Blackstone CEO Steven Schwarzman and Charles Schwab gave millions to Republicans, a majority of the 15 hedge fund founders on the list gave to Democrats, including Baupost CEO Seth Klarman, who was once the biggest Republican donor in Massachusetts. Billionaire John Paulson, perhaps President Donald Trumps most vocal supporter in the hedge fund industry, was not on the list of top donors.
. Here are the 15 hedge fund founders that made it. ..