- REUTERS/Tony Landis
A star investor at a $3 billion hedge fund is going it alone with the backing of his former employer.
Joe Cornell, a managing director at Chilton Investment Co., has left to launch an equity fund making long and short bets, according to three people familiar with the matter. The fund will use a generalist, fundamental strategy.
Richard Chilton and his firm are backing the New York-based startup, which is set to be called “Bluegrass Capital Partners.”
“I have a lot of confidence in Joe’s abilities,” Chilton told Business Insider in an email.
Chilton launched his Stamford, Connecticut-based firm in 1992 with a focus on fundamental equity research. The firm manages about $2.9 billion without leverage, or borrowed money that can juice bets.
Cornell worked at Chilton from 2011 up until this spring, and was promoted to managing director in January 2014, one of the people said. Before that, he was an investment analyst at Shumway Capital Partners from 2010 to 2011.
Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs are set to be prime brokers on the launch. Prime brokerage is a bank service that helps facilitate trades for hedge funds.