Who was in most demand in 2012? We reveal the top 10 managers who grabbed the attention of Citywire Global readers last year.
10. Nicolas Walewski - Alken Asset Management
In tenth position is European equity star Nicolas Walewski of London-based group Alken. The French manager is a firm favourite among fund selectors and founded the firm in 2005.
Making his reappearance in Citywire's most popular manager ranking after missing out in our 2012 mid-year analysis, Walewski recently told Citywire Global he was confident on the prospects for European periphery countries Ireland and Italy in the coming months.
9. Roger Morley - MFS
Next is Roger Morley who currently holds a Euro Stars AAA rating for the risk-adjusted performance of his MFS Meridian European Core Equity and Global Equity funds.
Morley was one of five managers to be included in Citywire's Famous Five analysis which highlighted the only managers to have maintained their Euro Stars AAA rating across our first four Euro Stars publications.
8. Mark Mobius - Franklin Templeton Investments
In eighth position is emerging markets veteran Mark Mobius who has been investing in the region for over three decades and runs a number of funds.
The Singapore-based manager remains an avid traveller and market commentator and spoke to Citywire Global last year in an exclusive interview about his favourite markets and plans for the future.
7. Michael Hasenstab - Franklin Templeton
Bond star Michael Hasenstab is a regular among fund selectors’ top manager picks and runs over $120 billion across a number of bond funds.
He joined Franklin Templeton in 1995 and is the co-director of the firm’s fixed income team. In June last year, the renowned fixed income manager spoke exclusively to Citywire Global about the importance of getting fiscal union underway in the eurozone.
6. Hugh Young - Aberdeen Asset Management
The Singapore-based Hugh Young is a renowned Asian equity specialist and has been investing in the region for close to three decades.
He currently holds a Euro Stars AA rating for his risk-adjusted performance across a number of funds, one of the largest being the $8.5 billion Aberdeen Global Asia Pacific Equity fund which invests predominantly in Hong Kong (24.8%) and Singapore (19.3%).
5. Thorsten Winkelmann - Allianz Global Investors
In fifth position is Thorsten Winkelmann of Allianz GI who currently holds a Euro Stars AAA rating for the risk-adjusted performance of his European equity funds.
The German manager, who has been with the firm since 2001, recently featured as one of the top European equity managers according to the Citywire 1000 analysis and runs his funds using a strict bottom-up approach that aims to identify structural growth rather than growth momentum.
4. Roberto Cominotto - Swiss & Global AM
Global energy specialist Roberto Cominotto currently holds a Euro Stars AAA rating and is based in Swiss & Global's Zurich office.
His fund invests in what he believes are the best growth industries and markets across the entire energy value chain. He features regularly among our top rated manager lists but this is only his second appearance in our most popular manager rankings.
3. Devan Kaloo - Aberdeen Asset Management
The third of our emerging market managers, Devan Kaloo of Aberdeen, is also in third place in our most popular manager ranking of 2012.
The London-based manager is one of the top performing emerging market specialists of the last five years and regularly appears in Citywire Global's best performing managers for the strong outperformance of his €12 billion Aberdeen Global Emerging Markets Equity fund
2. Edouard Carmignac - Carmignac Gestion
Outspoken French investor Edouard Carmignac is the only manager in our latest analysis to have been included in all four of our most popular manager rankings.
Known for his opinionated open letters to ECB presidents and heads of state alike, the founder of Carmignac Gestion currently oversees €48 billion in assets and runs two of his firm’s biggest funds.
1. Bill Gross - PIMCO
In first position is PIMCO bond star Bill Gross who reaches number one spot in his first ever appearance in our ranking.
Despite being one of the best-known fund managers in the world, Gross had not yet cracked Citywire Global's top ten most popular manager list.
Renowned for his colourful and widely followed monthly investment outlooks, the California-based veteran runs the world's biggest mutual fund, PIMCO Total Return Bond, which currently has assets of around $265 billion.