Why he split: Shortly after Merrill Lynch bought Hotchkis and Wiley in 1996, Rivelle and his team bolted. Hotchkis sued, alleging that Rivelle and his colleagues left with confidential information. The case was settled for an undisclosed amount.
Today: Rivelle and his team's fixed income investment firm, Metropolitan West Asset Management, has $30 billion in assets; his $8 billion Total Return bond fund (MWTRX) is ranked in the top 4% of its category on a five-year basis. Los Angeles asset management firm TCW finalized its acquisition of MetWest in late February.