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Big-name investors are going all-in on AI

Big-name investors are going all-in on AI
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Bill Ackman recently revealed a $1.1 billion stake in Google parent Alphabet.Richard Drew/AP
  • Some of the best-known names in investing are betting big on artificial intelligence stocks.
  • Bill Ackman recently revealed a $1 billion bet on Google parent Alphabet, while Stanley Druckenmiller pumped a combined $430 million into Microsoft and Nvidia.

Some of the biggest names in investing are piling into artificial intelligence, the theme that has taken markets by storm in 2023.

The cutting-edge technology caught the world's fancy following the smashing debut of OpenAI's language bot ChatGPT, igniting a "Game of Thrones"-style war between tech giants from Microsoft to Alphabet and Meta to lead the AI boom. Morgan Stanley predicts the new tech to unlock $6 trillion of investment potential.

Billionaire investors including Bill Ackman, Stanley Druckenmiller and David Tepper are betting big on firms at the forefront of the AI race - such as Microsoft, Alphabet and chipmaker Nvidia.

Here's how seven top players are responding to the AI trend:

1. Bill Ackman

1. Bill Ackman
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Ackman's hedge fund revealed Monday that it had plowed over $1 billion into Alphabet in a quarter where the tech giant significantly ramped up its AI efforts.

Pershing Square Capital Management snapped up more than 10 million shares in Google's parent company – buying about 2.2 million Class A shares and 8.1 million Class C shares, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

Alphabet announced it was working on a ChatGPT rival called Bard in February, and launched the language tool to the public last month. CEO Sundar Pichai said at a conference last week that the company would integrate AI tech into all its "core products, including search".

2. Chase Coleman

2. Chase Coleman
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Hedge fund billionaire Coleman said last month that mega-cap stocks like Amazon now look like a good bet again after a brutal 2022, thanks to the rise of AI.

The Tiger Global founder told investors to buy the so-called FAANG stocks – shorthand for Facebook parent Meta, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, and Alphabet – and cited Amazon sellers' use of ChatGPT to write product listings as an example of how AI was already boosting Big Tech.

3. Stanley Druckenmiller

3. Stanley Druckenmiller
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Druckenmiller loaded up on Nvidia shares and made a new investment in Microsoft last quarter, snapping up two of the best-performing stocks of 2023.

The billionaire investor's Duquesne Family Office bought a $220 million stake in Nvidia and upped its Microsoft position by $210 million, according to its latest 13F filing, released Monday.

Nvidia, the world's No. 1 producer of graphics chips needed for high-intensity AI computing, has seen its share price double this year. Microsoft, which was an early investor in OpenAI and has integrated ChatGPT technology into its search engine Bing, is up 30%.

4. Paul Tudor Jones

4. Paul Tudor Jones
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Large language AI models like ChatGPT will have a massive impact on both the economy and the stock market, according to billionaire investor Jones.

He said Monday that the tool had completely shifted his outlook on both inflation and equities – and he's now bracing for an AI-fueled "productivity boom" that drags down soaring prices and pushes up stock valuations.

"The introduction of large language models [and] artificial intelligence is going to create a productivity boom that we've only seen a few times in the last 75 years," Jones told CNBC.

5. Morgan Stanley

5. Morgan Stanley

It's not just individual investors who are caught up in the AI fanfare.

In a research note last month, Morgan Stanley said that 2023 would be a breakthrough year for the technology, which it believes represents a $6 trillion investment opportunity.

"We see AI accelerating digital transformation and tech diffusion across the economy," internet analyst Brian Nowak said in the note.

6. David Tepper

6. David Tepper

Like Ackman and Druckenmiller, the owner of the NFL's Carolina Panthers made some big bets on AI over the past quarter.

Tepper's family office Appaloosa Management bought 150,000 Nvidia shares worth around $42 million and 500,000 shares in Cathie Wood's ARK Innovation ETF, which specializes in investing in disruptive tech.

Wood's fund plunged last year but is up just under 24% in 2023 thanks to tech stocks' massive rebound.

7. Cathie Wood

7. Cathie Wood
Ark Invest; Insider

The Ark Invest CIO has never been one to miss out on a disruptive technological trend - and she's been heralding AI's potential long before ChatGPT's explosion in popularity earlier this year.

Wood said in February that she's hoping the intelligent language tool draws attention to one of Ark's core investing themes, and listed Meta, Tesla, and cancer detection company Exact Sciences as three stocks that can benefit from the rise of AI.

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