Bill Ackman runs hedge fund Pershing Square Capital, which he started in 2003 following the dissolution of Gotham Partners.
Ackman is a value investor with an activist bent. Activist investors agitate management for changes. He owns large positions in Target (NYSE: TGT) and Borders (NYSE: BGP). He has also been involved in activist situations at Wendy's (NYSE: WEN) and McDonald's (NYSE: MCD).
In July 2008, Ackman said he was short the common stock of Fannie Mae (NYSE: FNM) and Freddie Mac (NYSE: FRE). Ackman also laid out a plan to reorganize the GSEs, which would wipe out the common shareholders.
William Ackman's Portfolio
|Company||Ticker||# of Shares||Change||Price||Value|
|Zoetis||ZTS||41,823,145||$47.18||$1,973,215,982||History »||Related Stories »|
|CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY||CP||13,940,890||$130.33||$1,816,916,194||History »||Related Stories »|
|Restaurant Brands||QSR||39,150,551||+1,146,567||$42.50||$1,663,898,418||History »||Related Stories »|
|Air Products & Chemicals Inc||APD||7,601,140||-12,947,936||$143.06||$1,087,419,089||History »||Related Stories »|
|Mondelez International||MDLZ||22,942,225||-20,424,117||$44.78||$1,027,352,836||History »||Related Stories »|
|VALEANT PHARMACEUTICALS INTERNATIONAL||VRX||21,591,122||+5,000,000||$28.42||$613,619,688||History »||Related Stories »|
|PLATFORM SPECIALTY PRODUCTS CORPORATION||PAH||42,737,394||$9.52||$406,859,991||History »||Related Stories »|
|THE HOWARD HUGHES CORPORATION||HHC||3,568,017||$108.55||$387,308,246||History »||Related Stories »|
|Nomad Foods Limited||NOMD||33,333,334||+33,333,334||$9.80||$326,666,674||History »||Related Stories »|