About a year ago, Bill Perkins found himself at a crossroads. For the past decade, he had been a senior natural gas trader at Houston-based Centaurus Advisors, the famously successful hedge fund management firm that made its founder, John Arnold, a billionaire. But in May 2012, Arnold unexpectedly called it quits and announced he was closing his flagship Centaurus Energy Master Fund.
Perkins decided to strike out on his own. “I felt that I wasn’t ready to retire,” he says. Perkins’s new firm, Ho