Contrary to what many on this forum appear to recommend, it seems that many of the top hedge fund managers today didn't start their finance careers out of IB.
For example, Bruce Berkowitz started out in, Seth Klarman started out as a research analyst at Mutual Series, Joel Greenblatt as an analyst at a special sit. hedge fund, David Tepper as a credit analyst, Steve Druckenmiller as a research analyst, and many more that I could list.
The only two that I could find who started out in IB are David Einhorn and Bill Ackman. (Not to detract from them, as they are both great managers with excellent track records).
(Granted, most of these managers specialize in a long/short, value approach, but I'm most interested in this space, so these are the managers I'm most familiar with).
So my question is if you guys still think IB is the best place to start out if your ultimate goal is to eventually manage money under your own l/s fund, and if not, what entry level position in your opinion would give you the best experience/learning environment to help you achieve this goal. I'm curious to hear your input on this.