Monday, 20 October 2014
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Oct 3 2011 | 12:13pm ET
Many, if not most, of the hedge fund managers who helped bankroll President Barack Obama's run for the nation's highest office three years ago have abandoned him—or worse, switched sides. Kynikos Associates' James Chanos isn't one of them.
Chanos was among the 116 attendees at a $10,000 a plate fundraiser for the president and the Democratic National Committee on Friday, The New York Times reports. The event raised more than $1.5 million—but fell about 14 people short of really selling out.
The event, at the Four Seasons restaurant in New York, was hosted by Berkshire Hathaway's Warren Buffett, who has also not given up on the president, despite the fact that much of Wall Street has. Indeed, his help went beyond merely hosting the dinner: Those attendees who wanted some face time with Buffett had to pony up $35,800.
Many of Obama's hedge fund and finance industry backers are unhappy with his handling of financial regulation reform and his calls for higher taxes on them. One of those calls for higher taxes, on the wealthiest, was in part inspired by Buffett, who said people like himself should pay much more.
"I have always had people disagree with me on politics," Buffett told the Times.
Sep 22 2014 | 4:15pm ET
"I tell people that everybody likes good news and so if you have good performance that’s wonderful,” explains Mike McKitish of Peddie School's endowment, “but it’s the people that want to talk about the bad news or where they drifted and how they came back and how they stayed to their discipline…” that he wants to hear from. Read more…
Sep 30 2014 | 9:29am ET
The crisp Autumnal days of October are upon us, and so are a few of the hedge fund industry’s favorite charitable events. If you have never been to Rocktoberfest, well, you are missing out. And for a quieter evening of sipping and socializing, stop by HFC’s Wine Soiree. Read more…
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