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|
|Allergan, Inc.||AGN||28,878,538||+28,281,107||$165.56||$4,781,130,752||History »||Related Stories »|
|Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd||CP||13,938,302||-3,221,586||$199.61||$2,782,224,463||History »||Related Stories »|
|Air Products & Chemicals, Inc.||APD||20,549,076||$132.75||$2,727,889,839||History »||Related Stories »|
|Burger King Worldwide||BKW||38,387,865||$27.11||$1,040,695,021||History »||Related Stories »|
|Spectrum Acquisition Holdings Inc New||PAH||33,333,330||$25.75||$858,333,248||History »||Related Stories »|
|Howard Hughes||HHC||3,568,017||$156.82||$559,536,426||History »||Related Stories »|
|Apartment Investment & Management Co.||AIV||Liquidated||History »||Related Stories »|
|Beam, Inc.||BEAM||Liquidated||History »||Related Stories »|
|Home Properties, Inc.||HME||Liquidated||History »||Related Stories »|