United States hedge fund fat cats get richer

This music video from the USA says about itself:


27 June 2011

Wealth didn’t trickle down, everybody’s screwed now
Free ride, only for the biggest of the banks
They’ve made it well known, they don’t want to pay for roads
Let me tell ya something bout’ our friends B of A

Dead beats, tax cheats, hiding money overseas
Take this piece of shit loan, rate it “Triple A” please
Tape off Wall Street, white collar crime scene
Shut down, marked out of business temporarily

We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning, since the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fire
No we didn’t light it but we gotta fight it

Always jackin’ up the rate, never give a man a break
Make the poor pay for the rich man’s mistakes
Hedge fund fat cats, I propose a new tax
70 percent for being such huge douchebags

Next crisis that you face, don’t ya come to us and beg
We ain’t gonna bail you out, you can go to hell

And next time, by the way, people try to rob your bank
Don’t you call on our cops, you can fuck yourself

And we ain’t puttin out your fires
Cuz your greedy asses never paid your taxes
If companies didn’t cheat, we could pave our streets
We could educate our kids, that’s just what the fact is

Politicians want to cut pensions they should leave alone,
Privatize the profits, let the losses hit the old folks
When the stocks crash, what you saved gets bled dry
Funneled up to Wall Street & you ain’t got a life line

Make em chop from the top, don’t you cut another cop
Go to where the money is, don’t you cut our services
Government we used to know, picked clean to the bone
Business big wigs aren’t paying what they owe


Lyrics by Chris Priest (except the first chorus)

HUGE thanks to all the US Uncut chapters that provided the video footage!

By Niles Niemuth in the USA:

Highest-earning US hedge fund managers raked in $13 billion last year

11 May 2016

The top 25 US hedge fund managers received nearly $13 billion in earnings last year, according to an annual survey released Tuesday by Institutional Investor’s Alpha magazine.

Even though 2015 was a year of low or negative returns for many hedge funds, fund managers’ earnings were up 10 percent over 2014, when the top 25 hedge fund managers pulled in a measly $11.6 billion, their worst earnings since the 2008 housing crisis.

The lowest earner on this year’s list took in $135 million, while the average income was $517.6 million, up from the previous year, but down 40 percent from 846 million in 2013.

The incomes of the top 25 hedge fund managers place them all comfortably in the top 0.1 percent of society, who live in a world of private jets, luxury hotels, and multiple homes and penthouses scattered around the planet. It means little to these modern plutocrats to toss around tens of millions or even hundreds of millions of dollars in order to purchase art, luxury yachts, and the services of both the Republican and the Democratic parties.

Citadel’s Kenneth Griffin and Renaissance TechnologiesJames Simons topped this year’s list, both pulling in $1.7 billion. Following close behind were Raymond Dalio of Bridgewater Associates, the largest hedge fund in the world with more than $160 billion in assets under management, and Appaloosa Management’s David Tepper who both brought home $1.4 billion. The top five was rounded out by Millennium Management’s Israel (Izzy) Englander who earned a slim $1.15 billion.

Griffin, who has a net worth of $7.3 billion, has been in the top 25 for the last 14 years. He is a noted art collector and supporter of right-wing, Republican politicians. Earlier this year Griffin purchased Willem De Kooning’s 1955 painting Interchanged for $300 million and Jackson Pollock’s Number 17A for $200 million from the private collection of fellow billionaire David Geffen.

A self-styled Reagan Republican, Griffin backed the 2012 presidential campaign of multi-millionaire Mitt Romney. He endorsed Senator Marco Rubio in his failed run for the 2016 Republican nomination and gave $100,000 to a pro-Rubio super PAC. He also gave $100,000 each to Super PAC funds supporting the presidential campaigns of Jeb Bush and Scott Walker.

Meanwhile Simons, with a net worth of $15.5 billion, has made the list for the last 15 years, earning a total of $23.46 billion over the last decade and a half. Simons used a small sliver of this wealth in 2008 to purchase the Archimedes, a 222-foot super yacht valued at $100 million, which can accommodate 8 guests and 10 crew members.

Through his firm, Renaissance Technologies and Euclidean Capital, Simons has donated generously to both the Democratic and Republican campaigns. According to public filings, Renaissance provided more than $13 million to support the failed presidential bid of Republican Senator Ted Cruz, while Euclidean has given more than $7 million to support the presidential bid of Democrat Hillary Clinton. Simons was one of the largest individual donors in the 2012 campaign, giving more than $9 million to pro-Democrat and pro-Obama super PACs.

To give a sense of what the income of the top hedge fund managers in 2015 represents, consider:

* The West African country of Togo, with a population of 7.5 million people, has a GDP less than $12 billion.

* The top 25 hedge fund managers’ incomes could pay for a majority of the federally-funded National School Lunch Program which provided low-cost or free lunches to more than 31 million school aged children in the US at a cost of $20 billion in 2015.

* The combined income of Griffin and Simons is nearly enough to pay for the $3.5 billion annual budget of K-12 public education in the state of Mississippi. Their income could cover the education costs for approximately 500,000 students, including the salaries of more than 32,000 teachers in more than 1,000 schools.

* $6.1 billion would cover the entire 2015-2016 budget of the University of Wisconsin, which includes the operation of the UW system’s 13 universities and 13 two-year colleges, and cover the education costs for more than 182,000 students. The public university system recently had its state funding slashed by $300 million, plunging the institution into a crisis.

* $1.5 billion would be enough to pay for the replacement of all lead pipes in Flint, Michigan and fix the city’s poisoned public water system.

* Chicago State University, which recently laid off 300 employees due to a shortage of state funds, has an annual operating budget of approximately $6 million. This sum could be paid for more than 2,100 times over by the income of the highest earning hedge fund managers.

A substantial share, if not the majority, of the wealth appropriated by these billionaires is derived from criminal operations. A case in point is SAC Capital Advisors, one of the most profitable hedge funds in history, which pled guilty to security and wire fraud charges in 2013. The entire operation was revealed to have been based on an illegal insider trading operation “on a scale without known precedent.” The firm was required to pay a relatively small $1.8 billion settlement.

Despite being implicated in one of the largest insider trading cases in US history, SAC’s owner and manager, Steven A. Cohen, escaped any criminal charges and remains one of the richest individuals in the world. His current net worth is somewhere around $12 billion.

Last month, the Wall Street Journal reported that fewer than two months after a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission banned him from serving as a hedge fund executive, he now owns a hedge fund called Stamford Harbor Capital across the street from his old fund SAC Capital, and the two share many of the same executives. The fund claims that while Cohen is the owner, he does not play a “supervisory role.”

The story of SAC capital, while particularly egregious, exemplifies the relationship between the criminal financial oligarchy that dominates society and the government bodies that nominally supervise them. The Federal Reserve, Securities Exchange Commission, Congress, and the judiciary serve not to restrain the criminality of the financial elite, but to facilitate it and hide it from the public.

This basic state of social relations is on full display in the 2016 presidential elections, in which the Republican Party has put forward Donald Trump, a semi-fascistic billionaire, as their candidate, while the Democratic Party has settled upon Hillary Clinton, a lifelong defender of Wall Street who sees nothing wrong with receiving a six-figure “speaking fee” for a single appearance.

Britain: Sisu Capital’s destruction of Coventry City should serve as a warning of the role posed by hedge funds, write RICK EVANS: here.

48 thoughts on “United States hedge fund fat cats get richer

  1. Pingback: Money for wars, not for Zika epidemic, says United States Congress | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  2. Pingback: Billionaire says cut my taxes, close schools | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  3. Pingback: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton in United States election | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  4. Pingback: Emails, Wall Street, DAPL Hillary Clinton update | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  5. Pingback: South Korean President Park impeached | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  6. Pingback: The Bank of England and Karl Marx | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  7. Pingback: Donald Trump’s cabinet, richest and most militarist ever | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  8. Pingback: Donald Trump, Wall Street, xenophobia and torture | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  9. Pingback: ‘No money’ for United States workers, millions for pro-Trump billionaire owner’s party | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  10. Pingback: British 94-year-old veteran’s election campaign for Labour | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  11. Pingback: Poem and London Grenfell Tower disaster | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  12. Pingback: Grenfell Tower solidarity in London | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  13. Pingback: Hurricane Irma, from Caribbean to Florida, USA | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  14. Pingback: Massacre in Las Vegas, USA, why? | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  15. Pingback: British Conservative-Saudi corruption | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  16. Pingback: Puerto Rico still devastated after Hurricane Maria, report | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  17. Pingback: British Conservative Boris Johnson, new book | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  18. Pingback: Theresa May profiting from Carillion collapse | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  19. Pingback: Davos billionaires’ meeting and their fears | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  20. Pingback: Trump, other billionaires in Davos, people protest | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  21. Pingback: Puerto Rican schools threatened | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  22. Pingback: Facebook-Cambridge Analytica anti-privacy scandal | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  23. Pingback: Grenfell disaster, royal wedding in Britain | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  24. Pingback: United States CEOs getting richer | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  25. Pingback: Jeffrey Epstein child abuse scandal in the USA | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  26. Pingback: Bankers ‘too big to jail’, whistleblowers, journalists small enough? | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  27. Pingback: Los Angeles, USA teachers’ strike, 10 January | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  28. Pingback: Irish protests against poverty, evictions | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  29. Pingback: Big Pharma Novartis extorting people with cancer | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  30. Pingback: Donald Trump’s right-wing coup in Venezuela | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  31. Pingback: British Conservative government interference in Norway | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  32. Pingback: Hitler-whitewashing US Trumpists-British Conservative connection | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  33. Pingback: Brazilian far-right Bolsonaro’s far-right astrological Rasputin | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  34. Pingback: United States Big Pharma scandals | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  35. Pingback: United States Democratic candidate Biden’s ‘Trump-lite’ campaign | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  36. Pingback: Greek workers strike against mass sackings | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  37. Pingback: Amazon.com, 25 years of exploitation | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  38. Pingback: United States election campaign, most expensive ever | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  39. Pingback: US billionaire Epstein, child abuse and money | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  40. Pingback: Trump’s, corporate Democrats’, plutocratic US election campaign | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  41. Pingback: Thomas Cook ruins holidaymakers’, workers’ lives | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  42. Pingback: Billionaires richer than ever in 2019 | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  43. Pingback: Iowa Democratic establishment recounts, to stop Sanders | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  44. Pingback: Bosses, police force workers into coronavirus danger | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  45. Pingback: Coronavirus and Big Business news | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  46. Pingback: Far-right Trump supporters want more coronavirus deaths | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  47. Pingback: British, Dutch banks, slave trade profiteers | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  48. Pingback: British Conservative government PPE fraud scandal | Dear Kitty. Some blog

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.