Moore Capital Management runs global macro funds that are defying the downturn, thanks in part to its absence from the mortgage realm. In the last 12 months assets under management have grown 33 percent, to $20 billion from $15 billion. Almost all of that growth is profit, says President Elaine Crocker, only a billion is new money.

Crocker does not trade herself, but she very much runs the show from within, and that includes finding, landing and nurturing talented portfolio managers. The finance, operations, legal, compliance, personnel, technology, allocations and investor relations all report to her. "I'm an internal person, so you don't hear about me too much, but I work with the portfolio managers every day."

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