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The young & the restless: 6 who are hot

Jeffrey Smith, Starboard Value
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Can you name the next generation of corporate agitators? Meet six of the top young activist hedge fund managers.

Jesse Cohn

Source: Elliott Management

Age: 34

Firm: Elliott Management

Position: ‎Portfolio manager and head of U.S. equity activism

Joined: 2004

Assets: More than $25 billion for Elliott overall (no activist position breakout available)

Pedigree: Wharton undergrad; Morgan Stanley analyst

Targets: Riverbed Technology, Juniper Networks, EMC

Fun fact: Serial triathlete

Scott Ferguson

Scott Ferguson, Sachem Head Capital Management
Source: Sachem Head Capital Management

Age: 40

Firm: Sachem Head Capital Management

Position: Founder and managing partner

Founded: 2012

Assets: about $3 billion

Pedigree: Harvard MBA; Pershing Square Capital Management partner

Targets: Zoetis, CDK Global

Fun fact: First investment staffer hired by Ackman at Pershing Square

Keith Meister

Keith Meister, CEO of Corvex Capital.
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Age: 41

Firm: Corvex Management

Position: Founder and managing partner

Founded: 2010

Assets: $8 billion

Pedigree: Harvard undergrad; top deputy to Carl Icahn

Targets: American Realty Capital Properties, Crown Castle International, Williams Companies, CommonWealth REIT

Fun fact: Defensive back for Harvard football team

Mick McGuire

Mick McGuire, founder and managing member of Marcato Capital Management
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Age: 38

Firm: Marcato Capital Management

Position: Founder and managing partner

Founded: 2010

Assets: $3 billion

Pedigree: Harvard MBA; Pershing Square Capital Management partner

Targets: Bank of New York Mellon, Sotheby's, Lear

Fun fact: Bill Ackman plugged McGuire as a highly eligible bachelor at a 2013 charity investing conference where both men spoke

Jeff Smith

Jeffrey Smith, Starboard Value
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Age: 42

Firm: Starboard Value

Position: CEO and CIO

Founded: 2011 (running same strategy as at Ramius, which Smith helped launch in 2002)

Assets: $4 billion

Pedigree: University of Pennsylvania undergrad; Ramius

Targets: Darden, Yahoo, Office Depot, Insperity, LSB Industries

Fun fact: Worked as vice president of strategic development at The Fresh Juice Co., the business his father founded

Alex Denner

Alex Denner, chief investment officer of Sarissa Capital Management.
ARIAD Pharmaceuticals

Age: 45

Firm: Sarissa Capital Management

Position: Founder and CIO

Founded: 2013

Assets: $639 million

Pedigree: Yale PhD, Viking Global Investors portfolio manager, head of healthcare/biotechnology for Carl Icahn

Targets: Ariad Pharmaceuticals, Vivus, Astex

Fun fact: Used to eat at upscale Manhattan sushi restaurant Nobu as many as three times a week (now based in Greenwich, Connecticut.)

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