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||$49.66||$1,944,216,363||History »||Related Stories »|
|Mondelez International||MDLZ||22,942,225||$41.95||$962,426,339||History »||Related Stories »|
|Air Products & Chemicals Inc||APD||4,025,140||-3,576,000||$149.55||$601,959,687||History »||Related Stories »|
|PLATFORM SPECIALTY PRODUCTS CORPORATION||PAH||42,737,394||$10.34||$441,904,654||History »||Related Stories »|
|THE HOWARD HUGHES CORPORATION||HHC||3,568,017||$118.33||$422,203,452||History »||Related Stories »|
|VALEANT PHARMACEUTICALS INTERNATIONAL||VRX||21,591,122||$15.46||$333,798,747||History »||Related Stories »|
|NOMD||33,333,334||$9.76||$325,333,340||History »||Related Stories »|
|Chipotle Mexican Grill||CMG||554,213||-2,328,250||$370.00||$205,058,810||History »||Related Stories »|
|Zoetis||ZTS||2,717,719||-18,455,469||$51.89||$141,022,439||History »||Related Stories »|
|CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY||CP||Liquidated||History »||Related Stories »|