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Ken Griffin Topping Chicago's GOP Donors List At Golden Networking's Hedge Funds Conference

Building off of the momentum of past conferences, Golden Networking brings back Hedge Funds Leaders Forum 2012, "Getting Ready to Manage $5 Trillion by 2016", now in New York, Chicago and London (

(September 3, 2012, New York) Lists just out from Politico ranking donors to the two presidential candidates show that, on the GOP side, ranking number nine with $2.3 million for Mitt Romney and other Republican PACs and candidates, is Chicago hedge fund billionaire Kenneth Griffin (with his wife Anne). Pocket change for the Harvard prodigy as well as for many of the speakers coming to Hedge Funds Leaders Forum 2012, "Getting Ready to Manage $5 Trillion by 2016" (

In 2008, the 43-year-old founder and CEO of Citadel, gave to both McCain and Obama; this year he appears not to be hedging his bets, but rather putting his money behind Romney. A call to Griffin, a financial backer of Rahm Emanuel, was not returned by post time.

As reported by Chicago Magazine's Carol Felsenthal, these Politico lists resonate particularly as the candidates' disclosure reports show Romney out-fundraising Obama in July, as he has for three months running. (Romney and the RNC raised $101.3 million in July as opposed to Obama and the DNC's $75 million.) The challenges facing the president's fundraising machine become even clearer when Eychaner's number one ranking total is compared to that of his Republican counterpart-casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson's $36.3 million.

Both candidates hit Chicago recently; Romney was there for fundraisers at Harry Caray's and Maggiano's, and Obama later for four fundraisers, all at his house or at friends/neighbors' houses. The biggest donors-presumably including Eychaner-get to mix with the president in his Kenwood home, or, more accurately, in his backyard.

On September 25 in New York, October 9 in Chicago and December 12 in London, hundreds of the most important players in alternative investments will gather for all-star agendas at Hedge Funds Leaders Forum 2012, "Getting Ready to Manage $5 Trillion by 2016" ( A virtual who's who will soon follow as one legendary manager after another will take the stage. Billions of investable assets will be represented by influential local and international investors who will listen with rapt attention as star managers and analysts discuss and debate the biggest issues facing the industry today.

Hedge Funds Leaders Forum 2012, "Getting Ready to Manage $5 Trillion by 2016" will provide attendees in New York, Chicago and London with the most up-to-date review of where this ever-changing industry stands and how regulatory and alpha expectation s will impact it. Recognized managers, investors, experts, regulators, and strategists will return to Hedge Funds Leaders Forum 2012 to provide the information practitioners are looking for in an open and unbiased environment, highly conducive to the most efficient and effective networking.

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