David Alan Tepper is the founder of Appaloosa Management, which is a $3 billion hedge fund investment firm based in Chatham, N.J., just west of New York City. David Tepper initially became interested in the stock market as a young boy watching his father trade stocks in his hometown of Pittsburgh.
Today, as president and founder of Appaloosa Management, Tepper has earned an international reputation for producing some of the highest returns amongst fund managers on Wall Street. He earned a master of science in industrial administration from Carnegie Mellon in 1982. He donated a record $55 million to the Graduate School of Industrial Administration. The gift is the largest donation to Carnegie Mellon University in its 104-year history.
His fund is up 4300% in the past 15 years versus 200% for the S&P500.
Tepper was on CNBC this morning discussing talking about the market outlook. He likes Dean Foods, and Micron Tech. He also discussed the economic outlook and predicts commodities to rise.