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|
|Air Products & Chemicals Inc||APD||20,549,076||$142.85||$2,935,435,507||History »||Related Stories »|
|Zoetis||ZTS||41,823,145||$47.05||$1,967,778,973||History »||Related Stories »|
|CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY||CP||13,940,890||$140.97||$1,965,247,264||History »||Related Stories »|
|Mondelez International||MDLZ||43,366,342||$43.67||$1,893,808,156||History »||Related Stories »|
|QSR||38,003,984||$42.83||$1,627,710,635||History »||Related Stories »|
|VALEANT PHARMACEUTICALS INTERNATIONAL||VRX||16,591,122||-2,882,811||$34.79||$577,205,135||History »||Related Stories »|
|PLATFORM SPECIALTY PRODUCTS CORPORATION||PAH||42,737,394||$9.00||$384,636,546||History »||Related Stories »|
|THE HOWARD HUGHES CORPORATION||HHC||3,568,017||$105.55||$376,604,195||History »||Related Stories »|