Hedge fund manager John Paulson is thought to have made more than $5bn (£3.15bn) last year - probably the biggest annual profit in investing history.
Paulson's estimated take trumped the near-$4bn he made with his "short" bets against sub-prime morgages in 2007, the Wall Street Journal reported today.
Other hedge fund managers received huge rewards despite the fragile state of the world economy, with Appaloosa Management founder David Tepper and Bridgewater Associates chief Ray Dalio each personally making between $2bn and $3bn in 2010.
By comparison, Goldman Sachs paid its 36,000 staff a total of $8.35bn last year.
Paulson and other top managers made successful bets on commodities, companies in emerging markets, bank shares and US Treasury bonds
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