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Top 25 U.S. Hedge Fund Foundations Reach $3.52 Billion

HedgeCo.net – New York, July 30, 2007 – Assets in the Absolute Return Top 25 U.S. Hedge Fund Foundations have ballooned to $3.52 billion, according to an analysis of recent tax filings by Absolute Return magazine. That’s a 76.8% increase over the $1.99 billion these largest hedge fund foundations held in the prior year.

Over the same period, total contributions to the 25 largest foundations increased 190%, to $865 million, giving hedge fund managers more clout in the philanthropic scene.

The largest hedge fund foundations – meaning philanthropies formed by current or retired hedge fund managers – were founded by the industry’s elder statesmen. The biggest foundation is George Soros’s Open Society Institute, which has assets of $858.9 million. Julian Robertson’s Robertson Foundation takes second, with $659 million.

The largest philanthropic organization with multiple donors is The Robin Hood Foundation, with $215.3 million.

The data reflect totals for a foundation’s most recent filing with the Internal Revenue Service.

The entire list of Top 25 U.S. Hedge Fund Foundations, along with each foundation’s total annual giving, appears in the July/ August issue of Absolute Return.

Top Five U.S. Hedge Fund Foundations (Single Donor)

1 George Soros Soros Fund Management Open Society Institute Total assets $858.9M Gifts received $377.4M Total giving $78.4M

2 Julian Robertson Tiger Management Robertson Foundation Total assets $659.0M Gifts received $31.3M Total giving $21.9M

3 Jim Simons Renaissance Technologies The Simons Foundation Total assets $324.8M Gifts received $56.8M Total giving $17.1M

4 Robert W. Wilson Retired hedge fund manager The Robert W. Wilson Charitable Trust Total assets $166.8M Gifts received $54.9M Total giving $52.4M

5 Boone Pickens BP Capital Management T. Boone Pickens Foundation Total assets $135.0M Gifts received $135.0M

TOP U.S. HEDGE FUND FOUNDATION (MULTIPLE DONORS)

Paul Tudor Jones The Robin Hood Foundation Total assets $215.4M Gifts received $106.4M Total giving $64.4M

Source: Absolute Return, Foundation Center Data reflect totals for a foundation’s most recent filing with the Internal Revenue Service, which could include yearend data for its 2004, 2005 or 2006 fiscal year.

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Brendan F. McManus
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Global Capital Practice Group
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