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|
|QSR||39,150,551||$47.18||$1,847,122,997||History »||Related Stories »|
|Air Products & Chemicals Inc||APD||7,601,140||$155.89||$1,184,941,715||History »||Related Stories »|
|Zoetis||ZTS||21,173,188||-20,649,957||$50.76||$1,074,751,023||History »||Related Stories »|
|Mondelez International||MDLZ||22,942,225||$43.04||$987,433,364||History »||Related Stories »|
|VALEANT PHARMACEUTICALS INTERNATIONAL||VRX||21,591,122||$30.25||$653,131,441||History »||Related Stories »|
|THE HOWARD HUGHES CORPORATION||HHC||3,568,017||$118.51||$422,845,695||History »||Related Stories »|
|PLATFORM SPECIALTY PRODUCTS CORPORATION||PAH||42,737,394||$9.15||$391,047,156||History »||Related Stories »|
|NOMD||33,333,334||$11.07||$369,000,008||History »||Related Stories »|
|CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY||CP||0||-13,940,890||$154.73||$0||History »||Related Stories »|