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# 110 Ray Dalio $15.4B

Random fact: First stock he bought as a teenager was Northeastern Airlines.

Overview

Dalio is the founder and co-chief investment officer of Bridgewater Associates, a hedge fund firm that has about $138 billion in assets under management. The Westport, Connecticut-based company invests globally and clients include endowments, governments, foundations, pensions and sovereign wealth funds.

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Last change No change
YTD change -$1.24B ( -7.5%)
Industry Finance
Biggest asset Bridgewater Associates
Citizenship United States
Age 71
Wealth Self-made
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The majority of Dalio's fortune is derived from his stake in closely held Bridgewater Associates, which administered about $138 billion in assets at the end of April 2020 according to filings with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission. Dalio, who said he owns less than half the firm in a June 28, 2018 interview on Bloomberg Television, is credited with 49.9% of Bridgewater.

His stake is valued at $8.5 billion. That's derived from the $402 million valuation that Teacher Retirement System of Texas gave its 2.35% as of December 31, 2019, according to an email from TRS Investment Management Division spokesman Rob Maxwell.

Other institutional investors own limited partner interests in Bridgewater, according to the Form ADV. Dalio's not credited with any cash from those investors other than the Texas investor because the details weren't disclosed.

This analysis estimates that Dalio has received almost $12 billion since 2002 from his share of the hedge fund's profits and his returns on investments in the funds, according to data compiled by Bloomberg, Absolute Return, LCH Investments and Institutional Investor Alpha magazines. Bonuses paid to employees and capital gains taxes are deducted from this amount, as well as charitable giving, known through publicly filed foundation tax returns. The billionaire has given his Dalio Foundation more than $1.3 billion, according to these tax returns.

Dalio, through spokesperson Alexi Nabarro, declined to comment on his net worth.

Biography

Birthdate: 8/8/1949
Family: Married, 4 children
Education: CW Post College, Harvard Business School

A self-described ordinary kid and less-than-ordinary student, Ray Dalio was raised on Long Island's Nassau County. He fell in love with the stock market while listening to the chatter of golfers he was caddying for as a young teenager. His understanding of the markets was good enough for him to get accepted to Harvard Business School, from which he graduated in 1973.

After a summer stint at Merrill Lynch, Dalio took a job heading commodities trading at a mid-sized brokerage. From there, he jumped to Sandy Weill's Citigroup-predecessor, where he was soon fired for insubordination. Dalio decided to start Bridgewater Associates in the spare bedroom of his Manhattan apartment.

Through the early 1980s, Dalio developed a methodology -- detailed in his "Principles," a collection of insights distributed to employees -- for a macro approach to investing that generated consistent returns. By late 1995, he had posted a 10-year average annual return of more than 13 percent after fees.

In 2020 LCH estimated that Bridgewater had made investors more than $58 billion since 1975.

A proponent of transcendental meditation and a corporate culture underpinned by "radical transparency," Dalio is selling off parts of Bridgewater's management company to employees and outside investors as part of a 10-year plan to divest himself of control of the company.

Milestones
  • 1949 Raymond T. Dalio is born in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York.
  • 1971 Earns accounting degree from C.W. Post of Long Island University.
  • 1973 Graduates with master's degree from Harvard Business School.
  • 1975 Gets fired by Sandy Weill.
  • 1975 Opens Bridgewater Associates from his two-bedroom apartment.
  • 2002 Starts Dalio Family Foundation with initial gift of $11 million.
  • 2011 Earns more than $2.9 billion in profits from three funds.
  • 2012 Sells 2.3 percent stake in Bridgewater to Texas pension fund.