Citadel Vet Russell To Shutter Hedge Fund

Sep 7 2012 | 11:23am ET

Joseph Russell, a former top executive at Citadel Investment Group, will close his two-year-old hedge fund at the end of the year.

Russell has already returned some of the $500 million in assets that Bell Point Capital Management's flagship managed. The New York-based firm reached that level, a record high for the fund, earlier this year.

Russell, 49, plans to retire after winding down Bell Point, Bloomberg News reports. He becomes the latest hedge fund manager to do so in recent months that have seen Centaurus Capital's John Arnold, George Soros and Carl Icahn return outside capital.

It is unclear why Russell is leaving the industry so soon after founding Bell Point, in 2010. The fund is up 4.5% this year.

Bell Point employed about 20, including John DiRocco, the former CFO at Citadel who served as Bell Point's chief operating officer. His plans are unclear.

Russell was head of U.S. fundamental credit at Citadel. He left the hedge fund giant in 2008.

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