One reason Ackman cited for investing in his fund was a persistent discount between Pershing Square’s share price and its net asset value, or NAV. The discount was about 25% in May 2018, when he announced that he would start buying shares. Despite the fund’s recent gains, the discount to NAV has widened to almost 30%, and Pershing Square has said it plans to take advantage by continuing to repurchase stock.

It’s “an extraordinary buying opportunity, and we have ample free cash,” Ackman said in a letter to shareholders last month.

Pershing Square Holdings’ performance this year could prove lucrative for Ackman in other ways. Last week, the fund’s NAV climbed high enough that, if the gains hold through the end of the year, he’ll be able to collect performance fees for the first time since 2014.

In a March letter, Ackman attributed the year’s strong start to a number of factors. The nature of his publicly traded fund meant he no longer had to focus on raising money, and the smaller, more focused investment team was paying dividends. He has also turned away from short-selling strategies, which previously weighed on performance.

In January, Ackman married Neri Oxman, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The former Israeli Air Force lieutenant gave birth to their daughter in the spring. At an investor conference in April, Ackman gave another possible reason for his recent success: “Maybe it has something to do with being loved and getting married?”

This article was provided by Bloomberg News.

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