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||$50.47||$2,110,814,129||History »||Related Stories »|
|CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY||CP||13,940,890||$149.78||$2,088,066,505||History »||Related Stories »|
|Restaurant Brands||QSR||39,150,551||+1,146,567||$44.73||$1,751,204,147||History »||Related Stories »|
|Air Products & Chemicals Inc||APD||7,601,140||-12,947,936||$149.42||$1,135,762,339||History »||Related Stories »|
|Mondelez International||MDLZ||22,942,225||-20,424,117||$43.98||$1,008,999,056||History »||Related Stories »|
|VALEANT PHARMACEUTICALS INTERNATIONAL||VRX||21,591,122||+5,000,000||$22.30||$481,482,021||History »||Related Stories »|
|THE HOWARD HUGHES CORPORATION||HHC||3,568,017||$119.46||$426,235,311||History »||Related Stories »|
|PLATFORM SPECIALTY PRODUCTS CORPORATION||PAH||42,737,394||$9.20||$393,184,025||History »||Related Stories »|
|Nomad Foods Limited||NOMD||33,333,334||+33,333,334||$8.85||$295,000,006||History »||Related Stories »|