Billionaire Louis Bacon is reportedly backing a hedge fund manager he once called ‘the most impressive trader I’ve ever seen’

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Louis Bacon.

  • Louis Bacon is backing protégé Greg Coffey’s new hedge fund, according to The Financial Times.
  • Bacon, the founder of Moore Capital, once described Coffey as “the most impressive trader I’ve ever seen.”

Billionaire Louis Bacon is reportedly backing Greg Coffey’s new hedge fund launch.

Bacon, the founder of Moore Capital, once described Coffey as “the most impressive trader I’ve ever seen,” according to a Financial News report from 2012. Coffey specialized in big macro bets, and earned the nickname the “Wizard of Oz.”

Bacon’s investment was reported by The Financial Times, which reported that Coffey’s fund is set to launch later this year with more than $2 billion. Coffey is expected to put a significant percentage of his net worth in the fund, Business Insider earlier reported.

Bacon has thrown his weight toward launches before, backing Ben Melkman’s Light Sky Macro launch last year.

Coffey retired from the industry in 2012 at the age of 41, saying at the time that he intended to spend more time with family in his native Australia. He previously worked at GLG Partners and Moore Capital, where he ran two emerging markets funds.

While Bacon is backing Coffey, his investment performance at Moore “failed to live up to the stellar returns he delivered at rival manager GLG Partners, where he built his reputation and earned himself hundreds of millions of dollars by outperforming both the markets and other hedge funds in the heady bull market of 2005 to 2007,” the Financial News report said.

Coffey’s new fund, with offices in London and New York, is shaping up to be one of the largest this year. Business Insider earlier reported the fund’s hires:

  • Bob Price, previously global operations head at GLG Partners, as chief operating officer;
  • Stuart Atkinson, previously of Moore Capital and GLG, who is heading risk;
  • and James Saltissi, who will be head of execution.

Coffey had backed Saltissi’s fund, Abbeville Partners, named after an area in London where Saltissi and Coffey used to live. Abbeville filed to change its name to Kirkoswald Capital Partners at UK Companies House on January 30, and with a UK regulator on January 31.

A spokesperson for Bacon didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Coffey declined to comment.

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