David Tepper converting hedge fund into a family office, returning outside capital

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David Tepper, Appaloosa Management

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Hedge fund manager David Tepper is returning Appaloosa Management’s capital to investors and converting it to a family office, sources told CNBC. 

No timetable has been set on returning the money, sources close to Tepper’s office said.

The shift would represent a new era for the hedge fund leader, who founded Appaloosa in 1993 and grew it into a powerhouse, returning 30% a year.

Sources told The Wall Street Journal that Tepper was looking to concentrate on managing the Carolina Panthers NFL franchise, which he purchased last year for a record $2.2 billion.

Sources also told the Journal that the fund’s employees have been instructed that Tepper’s investment business is transitioning, with some interviewing with other investment firms.

The Pittsburgh native made a name for himself during the financial crisis through investments in depressed bank securities and other bold calls over the last 26 years. Appaloosa managed about $14 billion in assets, according to recent estimates. His investment calls often move markets.

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