Hedge fund managers are the individuals who oversee and make decisions about the investments in a hedge fund. This type of investment fund pools capital from accredited individuals or institutional investors and invests in a variety of assets, often with complex portfolio-construction and risk-management techniques. Many investors make it a career to manage a hedge fund because of its extremely lucrative potential. In the previous year, the top head fund managers have raked in $11 billion despite the disappointing investor returns. They had a hard time in keeping up with the rising stock market and the growing billionaires in other industries, but they remain to play a big role in the financial markets. James Simons, founder of Renaissance Technologies, and Ray Dalio, founder of Bridgewater Associates, are the top two earners and they netted $1.6 billion and $1.4 billion, respectively. Among the richest hedge fund managers, Georges Soros is considered legendary and the most affluent of the elite managers with an estimated net worth of $25.2 billion. Other successful billionaires in managing hedge fund include Steve Cohen, James Simons, John Paulson and David Tepper. Some of them have been through several ups and downs, but they remain to earn returns and have their wealth increase through the years with their investment portfolios. There are 40 plus more hedge fund managers globally who owe their fortunes to heading such an investment vehicle. Despite some downturns in the financial industry, these billionaires continue to become even richer. Wondering where to put your money and how to make it grow? The world's richest hedge fund managers are the persons you can trust. Read on the list and be inspired by how they made their way to the top.