The top performing hedge funds over the last year: Abdiel was up 123.96%. SCGE, ARK and 3 “Tiger Cubs” also excelled.

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It’s been a challenging investing landscape over the last year, to say the least. From Sept. 30, 2019 through Feb. 19, 2020, the S&P 500 gained 14%. Then the Coronavirus pandemic swept in like a giant Black Swan. The market swooned 34% over the next month, bottoming on March 23. Despite the pandemic, stocks then marched 50% higher through Q3 2020’s end. Many funds took advantage of the volatility and posted big returns. Here are the top performing hedge funds, based on long-only portfolio performance, over the last year.

Top performing hedge funds over the last year, based on long-only 13F filings, through Q3’s end. Reflects funds with over $1B in 13F assets.
Hedge Fund# HoldingsTop Holding13F MV $BilQtr Turnover% Holdings in Top 101-YR Perf Eq WtQoQ Perf Eq Wt3 Yr Perf Annualized
ABDIEL CAPITAL ADVISORS, LP10FSLY3.1820.00%100.00%123.96%17.00%68.86%
BRILLIANCE ASSET MANAGEMENT LTD13BABA1.5676.92%99.06%97.85%8.48%25.63%
SCGE MANAGEMENT, L.P.31SHOP6.4129.03%70.57%96.37%10.14%40.20%
ARK INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT LLC219TSLA16.8621.46%43.17%89.40%14.57%33.99%
MATRIX CAPITAL MANAGEMENT COMPANY, LP29NFLX7.5234.48%69.99%88.27%12.17%34.80%
COATUE MANAGEMENT LLC73PYPL19.0586.30%51.01%86.49%14.77%31.78%
DRAGONEER INVESTMENT GROUP, LLC33SNOW4.4548.48%79.08%82.84%9.13%29.55%
WHALE ROCK CAPITAL MANAGEMENT LLC48AMZN15.1147.92%40.08%82.73%7.28%38.45%
TIGER GLOBAL MANAGEMENT LLC90JD35.5325.56%54.65%80.54%12.04%31.58%
CASDIN CAPITAL, LLC45NVTA2.2320.00%63.09%76.75%33.00%27.82%
Hedge fund returns are based on quarterly 13F filings reflecting long-only equity positions. Short holdings and most derivatives are not reflected in performance. Returns reflect equal-weight positions of a fund’s top 20 holdings, rebalanced quarterly.

Abdiel Capital was #1 among the top performing hedge funds over the last year.

Not big on diversification, Abdiel Capital runs a long portfolio that typically has all of 10 positions. This concentrated portfolio has showed stunning performance over the last several years. Co-managed by Colin Moran and Geoff Gentile, Abdiel led all hedge funds with a 123.96% return for the year ending Sept. 30, 2020. Zoom (ZM), Appian (APPN) and Fastly (FSLY) helped power the fund’s gains.

Hong Kong based Brilliance Asset Management may be obscure, but the $4.51B hedge fund has had a great 12 months. Led by positions in Alibaba (BABA) and TAL Education (TAL), the fund’s top 20 long holdings, equal-weighted, returned 97.85% through Q3’s close.

Menlo Park-based SCGE Management has shown big 12 month performance. Big winners for the fund inclued: Pinduoduo Inc.(PDD), Zoom (ZM), Shopify (SHOP) and ServiceNow (NOW). SCGE’s managing partners are Patrick Fu and Jeffrey Wang.

SCGE Management 13F portfolio performance vs the S&P total return since 2012.

Ark Investment Management, run by Catherine Wood, reported $16.85B in managed 13F securities as of Q3’s end. 8.27% of the fund’s long holdings was in Tesla (TSLA). Other major positions include Invitae Corp (NVTA) and Square Inc. (SQ). Ark returned 89.4% over the year ending Sept. 30.

Three “Tiger Cubs” are among the top ten hedge funds over the 12 months ending Sept. 30.

Waltham, MA-based Matrix Capital is one of three “Tiger Cubs” among the top ten hedge funds over the last year. Matrix is Managed by co-founder David E. Goel. An equal-weight portfolio of the fund’s top 20 positions, rebalanced quarterly, has returned 25.14% annually over the last five years. That’s nearly twice the S&P 500’s return. Over the last year, Goel’s fund has ridden positions in DocuSign (DOCU), Netflix (NFLX) and TransDigm (TDG) to an 88.27% return.

“Tiger Cub” Philippe Laffont’s Coatue Management has enjoyed a sterling 12 months. Coatue’s long portfolio returned 86.49%, edging out Tiger Global which showed an 80.54% return. Chase Coleman had a big winner with solar company Sunrun (RUN).

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