Will Herbalife’s Pyramid Scheme Slander Upset These Top Institutional Shareholders?

Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE:HLF): was recently referred to as a pyramid scheme by Hedge fund manager William Ackman, saying that the biggest risk in shorting the company was whether or not regulators would take time to focus on the matter. “Could we get the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, and the regulators around the world interested?” he asked, according to Reuters.

Will Herbalife Ltd.’s shareholders increase their holdings? They reported owning a total of 134.496 million shares on 12/31/2012. The shares closed at $32.94 on 12/31/2012.

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Here are the ten largest positions in Herbalife Ltd. at the end of December 31st, 2012.

FMR LLC. held 14,968,673 shares on 12/31/2012 worth $493,068,068. This brought the portfolio total to 0.09%.

Morgan Stanley held 8,218,861 shares on 12/31/2012 worth $270,729,270. This brought the portfolio total to 0.16%.

Vanguard Group Inc. held 5,735,691 shares on 12/31/2012 worth $188,933,654. This brought the portfolio total to 0.02%.

Wellington Management Co. LLP. held 4,313,399 shares on 12/31/2012 worth $142,083,357. This brought the portfolio total to 0.01%.

Bnp Paribas Investment Partners S.A. held 3,840,783 shares on 12/31/2012 worth $126,515,387. This brought the portfolio total to 0.78%.

Susquehanna International Group LLP. held 3,797,400 shares on 12/31/2012 worth $125,086,000. This brought the portfolio total to 0.03%.

Capital Growth Management L.P. held 3,346,500 shares on 12/31/2012 worth $110,233,705. This brought the portfolio total to 2.88%.

Third Point LLC. held 3,100,000 shares on 12/31/2012 worth $102,113,996. This brought the portfolio total to 1.85%.

RR Partners L.P. held 3,019,100 shares on 12/31/2012 worth $99,449,150. This brought the portfolio total to 5.62%.

Jennison Associates LLC. held 2,935,548 shares on 12/31/2012 worth $96,696,947. This brought the portfolio total to 0.12%.

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