Hedge Fund Managers Able To Eke Out Semi-Respectable Paychecks After Abysmal '08

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Absolute Return has published its annual list of the top hedge fund earners of the year and while you might've thought differently at the time, it turns out keeping a pair of brass testicles on your desk and rubbing them at various intervals throughout the day for good luck isn't so silly or homoerotic afterall. (Kidding, of course it still is, but doing so might score you a $4 billion take-home so, perhaps its worth it.) Other takeaways: Paul Tudor Jones is gonna make it hailstorm chicken and someone just stuck an extra pin in the voo-doo doll shaped like her ex-husband.

10. Phil Falcone, Harbinger Capital, $825 million

9. John Arnold, Centaurus Advisors, $900 million

8. Ken Griffin, Citadel, $900 million

7. Eddie Lampert, ESL Investments, $1.3 billion

6. Carl Icahn, Icahn Capital, $1.3 billion

5. Steve Cohen, SAC Capital, $1.4 billion

4. John Paulson, Paulson&Co, $2.3 billion

3. James Simons, Renaissance Technologies, $2.5 billion

2. George Soros, Soros Fund Management, $3.3 billion

1. David Tepper, Appalossa Management $4 billion

Related: 2008's Highest Earning Hedge Fund Managers
2008's Top Losers (Lampert, Please Report To Clean Up In Aisle 8, Clean Up In Aisle 8 Please)

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