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Main Citadel Hedge Funds Dropped Estimated 53% In ’08

CNN Money – Citadel Investment Group’s main hedge fund lost 53% for 2008, according to a person familiar with Citadel’s preliminary estimates.

The $10 billion Kensington and Wellington funds lost about 9% during the first 24 days of December, punctuating the toughest year yet for Citadel founder Ken Griffin. That came after a 13% loss in November. In 2007, the fund was up 30%.

A bright spot this year was Citadel’s $3 billion market-making family of funds, which ended 2008 up about 43%, according to preliminary estimates.

Citadel has weathered the downturn better than some fund managers thanks to its financial flexibility and its size, at a time when the industry is contracting and many smaller funds are forced to close down.

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