Eric Mindich’s $7 Billion hedge fund Eton Park Capital Management is shutting down.
Eric Mindich, 49-year-old hedge fund manager- who first gained notoriety at 27 when he was named the youngest partner ever at Goldman Sachs — said Thursday that his $7 billion hedge fund Eton Park Capital Management was closing down.
Mindich said he was returning money to investors after losing 9 percent in 2016. That’s despite the fund posting four consecutive years of gains, including a 22-percent jump in 2013 and returning 6 percent in both 2014 and 2015.
Performance this year has been flat.
In a letter sent to investors on Thursday, founder Eric Mindich wrote:
“A combination of industry headwinds, a difficult market environment and, importantly, our own disappointing 2016 results have challenged our ability to continue to maintain the scale and scope we believe necessary to pursue our investment program consistent with our founding principles. … We have made the very difficult decision to return your capital, from a position of relative strength.”
The hedge fund plans to return 40 percent of its capital to investors by the end of next month and added that some of its investments may take longer to unwind.
Eton Park’s fall marks a stunning defeat for a story-book career on Wall Street.
Before striking out on his own, Harvard-educated Mindich spent 15 years at Goldman Sachs. He took he helm of the bank’s arbitrage desk at age 25 before being named partner two years later.
Mindich raised $3.5 billion to launch Eton Park in 2004, making it one of the largest hedge fund launches at the time — despite the fact that the fund had an unusually lengthy two-year lock up period.
Still, Mindich isn’t the only Goldman alum to shutter a flashy, multibillion-dollar hedge fund of late. Richard Perry did just that last September.
Representatives for Eton Park did not comment on what Mindich will do next.