Top Activist Investors List & Activist Hedge Funds

Top Activist Investors List

Activist investors are having a profound impact on the behavior of public companies around the world. In 2003, activist hedge funds had less than $12 billion under management. In 2014, the activist asset class had grown to more than $112 billion, according to the Wall Street Journal. Much of this growth in assets under management has come from investments by large institutional investors, including pension funds, university endowments and family offices.

This much is clear: activist investors have gone mainstream and the popularity of activist investing as a strategy has increased significantly due to the potential it offers to substantially enhance shareholder value creation.

Activist Hedge Funds

We have compiled a comprehensive activist investors list which includes famous activist investors and activist hedge funds that operate, or have operated, in the United States, Europe and Asia. The activist investor profiles include fund descriptions and references to relevant links.

This activist investor list was structured to inform and assist in learning more about both established and new shareholder activists and activist funds. By referencing the activist investors list and the activist investor profiles, interested parties can gain insight into successful shareholder activism strategies and the differences in activist investing across economic cycles and international territories.

Activist Investors Key Contact Geographic Focus Location
Active Ownership Capital Florian Schuhbauer
Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Europe Hesperange, Luxembourg
Amber Capital Joseph Oughourlian
Co-Founder & Managing Partner
United States & Europe London, United Kingdom
Barington Capital Group James Mitarotonda
Founder & CEO
United States New York, NY
Baupost Group Seth Klarman
Founder & CEO
Global Boston, MA
Blue Clay Capital Management Gary Kohler
Co-Founder & CIO
United States Minneapolis, MN
Blue Harbour Group Clifton Robbins
Founder & CEO
United States Greenwich, CT
BlueMountain Capital Andrew Feldstein
Co-Founder & CEO
Global New York, NY
Bolloré Group Vincent Bolloré
President
Global Puteaux, France
Breeden Capital Management Richard Breeden
Founder & CEO
United States & Canada Greenwich, CT
Buffett Partnership Limited Warren Buffett
Founder & Managing Partner
United States Omaha, NE
Bulldog Investors Phil Goldstein
Co-Founder & CEO
United States Saddle Brook, NJ
Cartica Management Teresa Barger
Co-Founder & Senior Managing Director
Global Washington, DC
Casablanca Capital Douglas Taylor
Co-Founder & CEO
United States New York, NY
Cevian Capital Christer Gardell
Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Europe Stockholm, Sweden
CIAM Catherine Berjal
Co-Founder & CIO
Global Paris, France
Corvex Management Keith Meister
Founder & Managing Partner
United States New York, NY
Elliott Management Corporation Paul Singer
Founder & CEO
Global New York, NY
Engaged Capital Glenn Welling
Founder & CIO
United States & Canada Newport Beach, CA
Engine Capital Arnaud Ajdler
Founder & Managing Partner
United States New York, NY
ESL Investments Eddie Lampert
Founder & CEO
United States Bay Harbor Islands, FL
FrontFour Capital Zachary George
Co-Founder & Portfolio Manager
United States & Canada Greenwich, CT
Graham-Newman Corporation Benjamin Graham
Co-Founder & President
United States New York, NY
Greenlight Capital David Einhorn
Co-Founder & President
Global New York, NY
H Partners Management Rehan Jaffer
Founder & Managing Partner
United States New York, NY
Icahn Associates Corp. Carl Icahn
Founder & President
United States New York, NY
Ides Capital Management Dianne McKeever
Co-Founder & CIO
United States New York, NY
JANA Partners Barry Rosenstein
Founder & Managing Partner
United States & Canada New York, NY
Knight Vinke Asset Management Eric Knight
Founder & CEO
Europe Monaco
Legion Partners Chris Kiper
Co-Founder & Managing Director
United States Beverly Hills, CA
Lion Point Capital Didric Cederholm
Co-Founder & CIO
United States New York, NY
Lone Star Value Management Jeffrey Eberwein
Founder & CEO
United States Old Greenwich, CT
Mantle Ridge Paul Hilal
Founder & CEO
United States & Canada New York, NY
Marcato Capital Management Mick McGuire
Founder & Managing Partner
United States San Francisco, CA
MFP Investors Michael Price
Founder & Managing Partner
United States New York, NY
MHR Fund Management Mark Rachesky
Co-Founder & President
United States New York, NY
Nanes Balkany Partners Julien Balkany
Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Global New York, NY
Perry Capital Richard Perry
Co-Founder & CEO
Global New York, NY
Pershing Square Capital Management Bill Ackman
Founder & CEO
United States & Canada New York, NY
Polygon Investment Partners Reade Griffith
Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Europe London, United Kingdom
Quantum Pacific Capital Greg Mazur
Founder & Managing Partner
Asia Hong Kong, China
QVT Financial Dan Gold
Founder & CEO
Global New York, NY
Red Mountain Capital Partners Willem Mesdag
Founder & Managing Partner
United States Los Angeles, CA
Sachem Head Capital Management Scott Ferguson
Founder & Managing Partner
United States New York, NY
Sandell Asset Management Thomas Sandell
Founder & CEO
Global New York, NY
Sarissa Capital Management Alex Denner
Founding Partner & CIO
United States Greenwich, CT
Sherborne Investors Management Edward Bramson
Founder & Managing Partner
United States, Canada & United Kingdom New York, NY
SpringOwl Asset Management Jason Ader
Co-Founder & Co-CEO
United States & Europe New York, NY
Standard General Soo Kim, Co-Founder & Managing Partner United States New York, NY
Starboard Value Jeff Smith
Co-Founder & CEO
United States New York, NY
TCI Fund Management Chris Hohn
Founder & Managing Partner
Global London, United Kingdom
Teleios Capital Partners Igor Kuzniar
Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Europe Zug, Switzerland
Third Point Dan Loeb
Founder & CEO
Global New York, NY
TPG-Axon Capital Management Dinakar Singh
Founder & CEO
Global New York, NY
TRB Advisors Timothy Barakett
Founder & Chairman
Global New York, NY
Tracinda Corporation Kirk Kerkorian
Founder & CEO
United States Beverly Hills, CA
Trian Fund Management Nelson Peltz
Co-Founder & CEO
United States & Canada New York, NY
ValueAct Capital Management Jeff Ubben
Founder & CEO
United States San Francisco, CA
Voce Capital Management Dan Plants
Founder & CIO
United States San Francisco, CA
West Face Capital Greg Boland
Founder & CEO
Global Toronto, Canada
WSD Capital Management Ertan Enginalev
Founder & Managing Partner
Turkey Miami, FL
Wyser-Pratte Management Company Guy Wyser-Pratte
Founder & President
Europe Bedford, NY
The Yucaipa Companies Ron Burkle
Founder & Managing Partner
United States Los Angeles, CA