Bill Ackman

Bill Ackman

Last Update: 03-14-2017

Number of Stocks: 8
Number of New Stocks: 0

Total Value: $5,913 Mil
Q/Q Turnover: 15%

Countries: USA
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Bill Ackman' s Profile & Performance

Profile

William Ackman, co-investment manager for hedge-fund group Gotham Partners LP, formed Pershing Square in November 2003 with $54 million raised from three investors. Ackman got his start in the real estate business, where he worked for his father prior to starting Gotham.

Investing Philosophy

Bill Ackman is an activist investor. He buys the common stocks of public companies, and pushes for changes so that the market can realize the values of the companies. Ackman buys stocks trading at a discount, and sells when the companies reach their appraised value.

Total Holding History

Performance of Pershing Square, L.P.

YearReturn (%)S&P500 (%)Excess Gain (%)
2015-16.21.38-17.6
201436.913.6923.2
20139.732.39-22.7
3-Year Cumulative25.9 (8%/year)52.6 (15.1%/year)-26.7 (-7.1%/year)
201213.316-2.7
2011-1.12.11-3.2
5-Year Cumulative41 (7.1%/year)80.7 (12.6%/year)-39.7 (-5.5%/year)
201029.715.0614.6
200940.626.4614.1
2008-13-3724.0
2007225.4916.5
200622.515.796.7
10-Year Cumulative234.4 (12.8%/year)102.4 (7.3%/year)132 (5.5%/year)
200539.94.9135.0
200442.610.8831.7

Top Ranked Articles

Avoid Piggybacking The pitfalls of piggybacking fellow investors on investment ideas
I don’t know how many articles you’ve read about Valeant (VRX) in the past few weeks, but it’s probably safe to say too many. This article, you might be happy to hear, has very little to do with Valeant – mostly because I have nothing new or intelligent to say about the company (it’s buried deep in my “too hard” pile). Instead, it’s about following the lead of others when investing. Read more...
Bill Ackman Asks Charlie Munger to Be Nicer About Valeant New documents show correspondence between Ackman, Munger and Buffett
Some correspondence between Bill Ackman (Trades, Portfolio), a major Valeant (NYSE:VRX) shareholder, Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) and Charlie Munger (Trades, Portfolio) surfaced this week in a slew of documents the U.S. Senate committee investigating drug price gouging has released. Read more...
Bill Ackman Has Had Enough Precipitous Declines for One Stock, Sells Valeant Pershing Square lets go of 18 million Valeant shares
After preparing everyone for a different sell by filing a prospectus to unload Chipotle (NYSE:CMG) last week, Bill Ackman (Trades, Portfolio) exited his entire stake in Valeant Pharmaceuticals (NYSE:VRX), a stock that has haunted his returns and contributed to the worst year in his fund’s history. Read more...
The Other Top Investors Who Love & Hate Bill Ackman's Next Target, Chipotle Gurus bounced in and out as the food poisoning story unfolded
Bill Ackman (Trades, Portfolio) purchased a 9.9% stake in Chipotle (NYSE:CMG) last week with intent to push for changes. While the investing world has largely bemoaned his involvement after a string of misadventures with stocks such as Valeant Pharmaceuticals (NYSE:VRX), some other managers of big funds hopped in and out of the Chipotle boat last quarter after its widespread food poisoning scare. Read more...
Warren Buffett's Financial Engineering For decades Buffett used borrowed money and this strategy to crush the market
Investors often overlook the financial engineering that Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) has employed throughout the years that helped build his personal fortune and the book value of Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.A)(NYSE:BRK.B). Read more...
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9 Stocks Mario Gabelli Continues to Buy The guru's largest purchases of the 3rd and 4th quarters Mario Gabelli,Bill Ackman,Larry Robbins,John Griff - 9 Stocks Mario Gabelli Continues To Buy
Mario Gabelli (Trades, Portfolio) is the founder, chairman and CEO of Gabelli Asset Management Co. Investors (GAMCO Investors) a $30 billion global investment firm headquartered in Rye, New York. He manages a portfolio composed of 816 stocks with a total value of $15.827 billion. In the third and fourth quarters of 2016 the guru bought shares in the following stocks: More...

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Bill Ackman Vs. Herbalife Documentary Opens in Theaters March 17 See the trailer of 'Betting on Zero' Bill Ackman - Bill Ackman Vs. Herbalife Documentary Opens In Theaters March 17
The Wall Street movie documenting Bill Ackman (Trades, Portfolio)'s crusade against multi-level marketing company Herbalife (NYSE:HLF) and Carl Icahn (Trades, Portfolio)'s opposing position has been making its way around film festivals and opens in theaters Friday, March 17. More...

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Did Ackman Make the Right Decision to Sell Valeant? He should have abandoned ship long ago Bill Ackman - Did Ackman Make The Right Decision To Sell Valeant?
Bill Ackman (Trades, Portfolio)'s decision to sell his long-standing stake in Valeant Pharmaceuticals (NYSE:VRX) has attracted plenty of attention over the past week. His decision to throw in the towel may have come as a surprise to many considering his previous comments, and it is fair to say he has attracted lots of criticism both while in the position and after exiting. More...

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Oakmark: The Psychology of Ownership and Investing Exploring why investors get stuck on investments Bill Ackman - Oakmark: The Psychology Of Ownership And Investing
Lauren Harvey is a product specialist across all of the firm’s investment strategies. Before joining Harris Associates in 2016, Lauren spent nine years at UBS Asset Management, most recently as a fundamental, value-oriented equity specialist. Prior to UBS, she worked in financial reporting at a Chicago-based bank holding company. Lauren has an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business (2011) and completed her undergraduate studies at Southern Methodist University (2005). More...

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Bill Ackman Has Had Enough Precipitous Declines for One Stock, Sells Valeant Pershing Square lets go of 18 million Valeant shares Bill Ackman - Bill Ackman Has Had Enough Precipitous Declines For One Stock, Sells Valeant
After preparing everyone for a different sell by filing a prospectus to unload Chipotle (NYSE:CMG) last week, Bill Ackman (Trades, Portfolio) exited his entire stake in Valeant Pharmaceuticals (NYSE:VRX), a stock that has haunted his returns and contributed to the worst year in his fund’s history. More...

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New Feature Announcement: The User Manuals Detailed walkthroughs of our most popular features Bill Ackman,Carl Icahn - New Feature Announcement: The User Manuals
As we ring in March 2017, we are pleased to announce a new feature on GuruFocus, the User Manuals. Like cooking recipes, these user manuals give detailed instructions on how to use our most popular features on the website. More...

NEW FEATURE ANNOUNCEMENT, WARREN BUFFETT, BILL ACKMAN, CARL ICAHN, GEORGE SOROS, DAVID TEPPER


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Big Money Still Long Valeant Earnings are out and the stock is down. Yet, guru investors still have major positions Bill Ackman, John Paulson, Jim Simons, Chris Davis - Big Money Still Long Valeant
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (NYSE:VRX) reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit this morning as a result of lowered costs and strength in its Bausch and Lomb subsidiary, yet its net loss widened as the company is feeling pricing pressure. More...

HEALTHCARE, PHARMA, BIG PHARMA, DRUG MAKERS


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Bill Ackman Expands Chipotle Position, Cuts Zoetis Activist investor trims 3 positions in 4th quarter Bill Ackman, Carl Icahn, Frank Sands, Stanley Druc - Bill Ackman Expands Chipotle Position, Cuts Zoetis
Activist investor Bill Ackman (Trades, Portfolio), founder of Pershing Square Capital Management, buys the common stock of companies and pushes for changes so that the market can realize the values of these companies. Like fellow activist investor Carl Icahn (Trades, Portfolio), Ackman buys out-of-favor companies at a discount and sells them when the companies reach their appraised value. More...

BILL ACKMAN, CARL ICAHN, FRANK SANDS, STANLEY DRUCKENMILLER, ANDREAS HALVORSON


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Is Value Investing Dead? Is the traditional method of value investing no longer relevant? Bill Ackman,Seth Klarman - Is Value Investing Dead?
Value investing has changed significantly since the concept was conceived by Benjamin Graham more than 80 years ago. Today it’s tough to adopt the same style as Graham. The prevalence of financial information and stock screeners online has reduced the number of opportunities available, and investors have to be quick to take advantage of any market dislocations. More...

VALUE, VALUE INVESTING, VALUE STOCKS


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Ackman, Berkowitz May Not Get Their Fannie Mae Payout So Fast Under Trump Ackman said this week he is banking on reform under new administration Bill Ackman,Bruce Berkowitz - Ackman, Berkowitz May Not Get Their Fannie Mae Payout So Fast Under Trump
Bill Ackman (Trades, Portfolio), who has sued to release Fannie Mae (FNMA) and Freddie Mac (FMCC) from government conservatorship, said this week he has increased confidence that the Trump administration would ensure and hasten the reform of the government-sponsored entities, a move that would further enrich him and a number of his hedge and mutual fund peers. More...

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10 Questions With Value Investor T. Aaron Brown 'I'll sell my position for a loss, admitting I'm wrong, when an event materializes that was counter to my thesis' Joel Greenblatt,Bill Ackman - 10 Questions With Value Investor T. Aaron Brown
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Chipotle Could Be a 4-Bagger in 10 Years If company bounces back from E. coli outbreak, it could be poised for tremendous growth Bill Ackman - Chipotle Could Be A 4-Bagger In 10 Years
Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE:CMG) has been among the most successful fast food chains in recent years by providing differentiated high quality food served quickly in a good environment. More...

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US Retailers May Look Valuable, but Watch the Trap Holidays underscored how rapidly industry is changing Edward Lampert,Bill Ackman - US Retailers May Look Valuable, But Watch The Trap
After some poor holiday trading updates, investors have fled the U.S. retail sector in droves in the past few weeks extending the exodus from retail stocks that has been ongoing for around six months. More...

AMAZON, J C PENNY, SEARS, MACY’S, RETAIL, VALUE, VALUE INVESTING


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3 Rules for Successfully Investing Alongside Activists Tips to increase the odds of success Bill Ackman - 3 Rules For Successfully Investing Alongside Activists
Investing alongside activist investors can be a tantalizing proposition. There are few outright bargains in the market now and a company that is trading cheaply with a definite catalyst in an activist investor gaining control can be very appealing. We have invested alongside activists several times over the years. We have had our successes and failures, so we want to share three rules we have developed over time that we believe increase the odds of an investment alongside an activist being a success. More...

ACTIVIST, ACTIVIST INVESTORS, INVESTING RULES


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23 Questions With Value Investor Ari M. Eden 'I've always been a big admirer of Bill Ackman and remain one, despite his recent struggles' Warren Buffett,Bill Ackman - 23 Questions With Value Investor Ari M. Eden
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Technology Companies Among Strong Guru Ownership Stocks Part 2: A deeper analysis of the top 10 holdings of gurus Bill Ackman,Carl Icahn,Warren Buffett,Stanley Druc - Technology Companies Among Strong Guru Ownership Stocks
While all investment gurus seek long-term capital appreciation, not all gurus think identically. Some gurus invest in companies with a fundamental, value-oriented approach while other gurus, like Bill Ackman (Trades, Portfolio) and Carl Icahn (Trades, Portfolio), actively invest in distressed companies and generate value through company reforms. However, regardless of their investing approach, gurus usually invest in companies that offer high value potential to their fund and shareholders. More...

BILL ACKMAN, CARL ICAHN, WARREN BUFFETT, STANLEY DRUCKENMILLER, GEORGE SOROS, DAVID TEPPER, LOUIS MOORE BACON


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Bill Ackman Reduces Valeant Stake to Benefit Clients Investor bestows year-end gift to those who have stood by him Bill Ackman - Bill Ackman Reduces Valeant Stake To Benefit Clients
As another tumultuous year has wiped out nearly 85% of Valeant Pharmaceuticals’ market value, Bill Ackman (Trades, Portfolio), one of its biggest investors, sold some shares to give his clients a year-end tax break. More...

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Bill Ackman Comments on Herbalife Guru stock highlight
On November 1, 2016, Herbalife (NYSE:HLF) reported its third quarter financial results. Modest financial performance in the quarter, disappointing 2017 guidance and the unexpected announcement of a CEO transition caused the stock to decline. HLF stock has traded down more than 33% since the announcement of the company’s settlement with the FTC on July 15th, 2016, a 15% year-to-date decline, as investors have come to increasingly ignore the company’s fraudulent characterization of the FTC settlement. At its December 2, 2016, price of $47.99 per share, HLF currently trades at approximately the price at which we shorted the shares in 2012. More...

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Bill Ackman Comments on Nomad Guru stock highlight
Nomad (NYSE:NOMD) reported Q3 results in late November. More...

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Bill Ackman Comments on Platform Specialty Products Corp Guru stock highlight
In September, Platform (NYSE:PAH) hosted an investor day where it provided a detailed explanation of the secular growth drivers and unique competitive positioning of each of its Performance and Agricultural Solutions businesses, along with long-term guidance of 4% annual organic revenue growth and high-single digit annual EBITDA growth. More...

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