Forbes – The best chance of becoming Super Rich is to be one of the highest paid hedge fund masters of the universe. In 2010 the top 25 hedge fund managers combined earned roughly 4 times as much ALL 500 of the CEOs at the top of the 500 giant corporations that make up the S&P 500 index. The average pay of these 25 hedge fund managers was $134 million in 2002, peaked at over $1 billion in 2007 and was sliced to a measly $537 million in 2012.
Private Equity is your next best shot at becoming a Forbes billionaire. Private equity fees have averaged $34 billion a year in the period, 2005 to 2011. And in 2012 the three founders of Carlyle each received a distribution of $300 million; while the founder of Blackstone got over $200 million, and Henry Kravis and George Roberts of KKR each received more than $130 million.