Heducation – Where Top Hedge Fund Titans Went to School

View the colleges the most successful hedge fund titans went.

Dan Loeb

Dan Loeb

Columbia University

Undergrad Hedge Fund Alum(s): Third Point’s Dan Loeb (economics)

Grad School Hedge Fund Alum(s): Moore Capital’s Louis Bacon (MBA), Omega Advisors’ Leon Cooperman (MBA) and Talpion Fund Management’s Henry Swieca (MBA)

Louis Bacon

Louis Bacon

Fun Fact(s): Loeb, who spent two years at UC Berkeley, transferred to Columbia. He made $120K in investing by the time of his senior year, but lost it all on a terrible investment.

 

NYU

Israel Englander

Israel Englander

Undergrad Hedge Fund Alum(s): Millennium Management’s Israel “Izzy” Englander (finance) and John Paulson (summa cum laude, finance)

Grad School Hedge Fund Alum(s): Perry Capital’s Richard Perry

Location: New York City

Fun Fact(s): Paulson earned straight As at NYU.

 

David Einhorn

David Einhorn

Cornell

Hedge Fund Alum(s): David Einhorn (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, BA in government) and Seth Klarman (economics, Phi Beta Kappa)

Location: Ithaca, New York

Fun Fact(s): Einhorn was a brother in Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Seth Klarman was a member of the Delta Chi fraternity.

 

Glenn Dubin

Glenn Dubin

Stony Brook University

Undergrad Hedge Fund Alum(s): Co-founder of Highbridge Capital/founder of Talpion Fund Management Henry Swieca (economics and French) and co-founder of Highbridge Capital Glenn Dubin (economics)

Location: Stony Brook, New York

Fun Fact(s): Glenn Dubin, who was the first in his family to go to college, captained the football team as a running back and linebacker.

 

Eddie Lampert

Eddie Lampert

Yale

Hedge Fund Alum(s): Tom Steyer, ESL Investments’ Eddie Lampert and Kynikos Associates’ Jim Chanos (economics)

Location: New Haven, Connecticut

Fun Fact(s): Chanos, the famed short-seller, lectures at Yale School of Management.

 

Stephen Mandel

Stephen Mandel

Dartmouth College

Hedge Fund Alum(s): Lone Pine Capital’s Stephen Mandel Jr.

Location: Hanover, New Hampshire

Fun Fact(s): Mandel, who is a “Tiger Cub”, was a member of Psi Upsilon fraternity and he played varsity squash. His fund, Lone Pine, derives its name from a famous Dartmouth pine tree that survived being struck by lightning.

 

James Simons (right)

James Simons (right)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Undergrad Hedge Fund Alum(s): Renaissance Technologies founder James Simons (mathematics)
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Fun Fact(s):  The legendary quant hedge fund titan taught math at MIT and Harvard.

 

Steve Cohen

Steve Cohen

University of Pennsylvania

Richard Perry

Richard Perry

Undergrad Hedge Fund Alum(s): York Capital’s James Dinan, Och-Ziff Capital’s Daniel Och (economics), SAC Capital’s Steve Cohen (economics), Glenview’s Larry Robbins and Perry Capital’s Richard Perry.
Grad School Hedge Fund Alum(s): JANA Partners’ Barry Rosenstein (MBA)
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Fun Fact(s): Richard Perry was cut off financially while he was an undergrad. To earn money, he worked at a movie theater as an usher.
Cohen was a member of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity. He used to trade stocks between classes and beat all his college buddies at poker.

Harvard

Kenneth Griffin

Kenneth Griffin

Undergrad Hedge Fund Alum(s): Pershing Square’s Bill Ackman (magna cum laude), Citadel’s Ken Griffin, Caxton Associates’ Bruce Kovner and Harbinger’s Phil Falcone.

Grad School Hedge Fund Alum(s): York Capital’s James Dinan (MBA), Bridgewater’s Ray Dalio (MBA), John Paulson (MBA), Seth Klarman (MBA), Stephen Mandel (MBA), Paul Singer (Law School) and Andrew Feldstein (Law School)
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Fun Fact(s): Ackman said he found Harvard to be a “pretty WASPy place” and that’s why he joined the crew team to meet other Jewish kids.  Falcone played varsity hockey for Harvard.

 

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