Julian H. Robertson, Jr.
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Tiger Management, LLC
DONOR OF OUR FOUNDATION
The Blanche & Julian Robertson Family Foundation was endowed with an initial gift of $18 million from Julian H. Robertson, Jr. of New York, the son of Blanche and Julian Robertson in whose memory the foundation is named. Since the foundation’s establishment in 1997, Mr. Robertson has contributed an additional $18 million to its asset base. After graduating from the Episcopal High School in Alexandria, VA and the University Of North Carolina in 1955, he served for two years as an officer in the U.S. Navy. Mr. Robertson is also a hedge fund investor, active philanthropist, environmentalist, proprietor of world class golf resorts, and vineyard owner.
Prior to co-founding Tiger Management in 1980, Mr. Robertson enjoyed a two-decade career with Kidder, Peabody & Company, beginning as a sales trainee and rising to become Chief Executive Officer of Webster Management Corporation, Kidder Peabody's investment advisory subsidiary.
From an initial capital investment of $8 million, Mr. Robertson built Tiger Management into the world’s largest hedge fund, with more than $23 billion in capital.
Mr. Robertson also trained and developed a generation of "Tiger Cubs," a cadre of analysts and portfolio managers, who have become some of today's most successful hedge fund managers. Today Tiger Management seeds independent hedge funds run by high-achieving young managers.
In 1996, Mr. Robertson and his late wife, Josie, founded the Robertson Foundation, based in New York City, to focus on large-scale, domestic, high-impact grants in education, the environment, and medical research. Among the foundation’s major initiatives are active support of New York City’s public education reform, a leadership-based scholarship program for Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill, combating global warming and a broad program sponsoring medical research at Memorial Sloan Kettering, Rockefeller University and several stem cell institutes.
In 2000, Mr. Robertson created Kauri Cliffs, a luxury lodge and golf course on New Zealand’s northern coast. In 2004, he opened a second course, Cape Kidnappers, in Hawke’s Bay on New Zealand’s North Island. Golf Magazine ranked both courses among the top 100 in the world. Mr. Robertson also owns two New Zealand wineries: Te Awa Farm and Dry River.
In January 2010, Mr. Robertson was named New Zealand's first honorary knight. He was given the title of honorary knight companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his "services to business and philanthropy." The order is awarded to those "who in any field of endeavour, have rendered meritorious service to the Crown and the nation or who have become distinguished by their eminence, talents, contributions, or other means."
Mr. Robertson is a member of the Board of Trustees of Environmental Defense, iMentor, the Wildlife Conservation Society, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine. He is also a member of the National Board of Advisors of the Children's Scholarship Fund and Vice Chairman and former President of the Board of Trustees of the Cancer Research Institute. He is Trustee Emeritus of Rockefeller University. Mr. Robertson has three sons and resides in New York City.