Fund Manager David Tepper Leads 'Rich List'

Institutional Investor's Alpha, a publication focusing on hedge funds, released its annual "Rich List" Monday. It estimates the world's top 25 fund managers earned a combined $14.14 billion last year. The total is down slightly from the year before.

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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INSKEEP: Institutional Investor's Alpha, a publication focusing on hedge funds, releases its annual Rich List today.

And that list estimates the world's top 25 fund managers who earned a combined $14.4 billion last year - which is down slightly from the year before.

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Topping this list is David Tepper, who took home an estimated $2.2 billion in 2012. Now let's put that in perspective. That's more than one hundred times the salary of Goldman Sachs' Lloyd Blankfein, the highest paid banking CEO.

INSKEEP: Now Mr. Tepper's Appaloosa Management earned his clients an average of 30 percent returns in their investments - well above the six percent average of the stock market. Most hedge funds failed to hit that level last year.

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