University of Virginia

Participant Bios

Speaker Bios

Lee S. Ainslie III, Managing Partner, Maverick Capital

Mr. Ainslie is the Managing Partner of Maverick Capital, a manager of private investment funds. Before starting Maverick in 1993, Mr. Ainslie was a Managing Director of Tiger Management Corporation. Before joining Tiger, he was employed by KPMG Peat Marwick as a Consultant for that firm’s National Director of Information Technology.

Mr. Ainslie serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Robin Hood Foundation, and also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Green Vale School and the Board of the University of Virginia's Jefferson Scholars Foundation. 

Mr. Ainslie received a B.S. in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia (Westmoreland Davis Scholar and Thomas Pinckney Bryan Jr. Scholar) and an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina (Beta Gamma Sigma).

James S. Chanos, Founder and Managing Partner, Kynikos Associates (Keynote Speaker)

Mr. Chanos is the Founder and Managing Partner of Kynikos Associates. As the largest exclusive short-selling investment firm, Kynikos provides investment management services for both domestic and offshore clients. Through investment funds, partnerships, corporations and managed accounts, both domestic and offshore, Kynikos Associates maintains private portfolios of securities for clients. The funds, Ursus and Kynikos Opportunity, attempt to profit from the unusually high alphas found on the long and short side of the U.S. and non-U.S. equity markets.

Mr. Chanos opened Kynikos Associates in 1985 to implement investment strategies he had uncovered while beginning his Wall Street career as a Financial Analyst with Paine Webber, Gilford Securities and Deutsche Bank. Throughout his investment career, Mr. Chanos has identified and sold short the shares of numerous well-known corporate financial disasters, among them, Baldwin-United, Commodore International, Coleco, Integrated Resources, Boston Chicken, Sunbeam, Conseco and Tyco International. His celebrated short-sale of Enron shares was recently dubbed by Barron’s as “the market call of the decade, if not the past fifty years.”

Born and raised in Milwaukee, Mr. Chanos currently lives in New York with his four children and is active in many charitable foundations and educational institutions. Mr. Chanos received his B.A. in economics and political science in 1980 from Yale University.

John A. Griffin, President, Blue Ridge Capital

Mr. Griffin is President of Blue Ridge Capital, an investment partnership that he founded in 1996. Mr. Griffin began his career as a financial analyst for Morgan Stanley Merchant Banking Group before moving on to Tiger Management, where he became President in 1993. He is Adjunct Professor of Finance at Columbia Business School and a Visiting Professor at the University of Virginia. Mr. Griffin serves as the founding Board Chair of iMentor and board member of the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce Foundation Board of Trustees. Mr. Griffin received his M.B.A. from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and his B.S. in finance from the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce.

Carney Hawks, Partner, Brigade Capital Management

Mr. Hawks is a Founding Partner with Brigade Capital Management, a $5 billion money management firm, where he helps manage a credit-focused hedge fund, CLO, and various long-only high-yield bond funds. Before starting Brigade, Mr. Hawks was a Managing Director at Mackay Shields in its high-yield bond group. He graduated with distinction from the McIntire School of Commerce in 1996 and is a CFA charterholder. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to improving research and treatment for pediatric heart disease. Mr. Hawks lives in Purchase, N.Y., with his wife, Melissa, and his three children. 

Matthew Iorio, Managing Director, White Elm

Before launching White Elm, Mr. Iorio was a Managing Director for Lone Pine Capital LLC, a multibillion global long/short equity hedge fund based in Greenwich, Conn., from 2001 through 2006. While at Lone Pine, Mr. Iorio was responsible for sourcing, researching, and executing investments in both the financial services and business services industries. Before joining Lone Pine, Mr. Iorio spent one year at Oppenheimer Capital in 2000 and two years at T. Rowe Price from 1997 through 1999 as a buy-side research analyst. From 1993 to 1996, Mr. Iorio worked as an investment banker for Salomon Brothers Inc. in the Financial Institutions Group. Mr. Iorio received a B.S. with Distinction from the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce in 1993 and received an M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College in 1998.

Paul Tudor Jones II, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Tudor Investment Corporation

Paul T. Jones II is Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of the Tudor group of companies, a money management and proprietary trading organization that actively participates in the global debt, equity, currency, and commodity markets. Tudor is an organization of 375 employees, with headquarters in Greenwich, Conn., and additional operations in Boston, Surrey (U.K.), London, Singapore, Sydney (Australia), Manhattan, and Washington, D.C. Tudor currently manages approximately $11 billion in client capital across eight client funds.

After graduating from the University of Virginia in 1976, Mr. Jones established a career as a commodities broker in New York, concentrating on the cotton futures market. He developed a significant base of customers from 1976 to 1982 and also traded actively for his own account in various commodity futures markets. In 1983, Mr. Jones left his floor trading career and formed Tudor Investment Corporation as the Tudor Group’s primary asset management affiliate. Tudor’s trading today has evolved into a diverse, multi-strategy enterprise, encompassing 50 investment managers active in global markets. The firm’s investors include institutional clients, high-net-worth individuals and families, endowments, foundations, pension investors, private banks on behalf of their clients and premier funds-of-funds.

Mr. Jones is a member of the Commodity Exchange Inc., the New York Board of Trade Inc., and the Chicago Board of Trade. Mr. Jones served as Chairman of the New York Cotton Exchange (which is now a division of the New York Board of Trade) from August 1992 through June 1995. He was instrumental in the creation of FINEX, the financial futures division of the New York Board of Trade, and in the development of the U.S. dollar index futures contract that trades there.

Mr. Jones previously served as a Director of the Futures Industry Association and was instrumental in the creation and development of an education-arm for the association—the Futures Industry Institute, a research institute based in Washington, D.C. Mr. Jones was also instrumental in the design and implementation of the first ethics training course that became the standard for exchange membership on all futures exchanges in the United States.

Mr. Jones regularly commits a substantial amount of his personal time to philanthropic and natural resource conservation efforts. Beginning in 1986, Mr. Jones became involved in "I Have A Dream," a program that provides after-school programs, mentoring, and financial incentives to encourage inner-city youth to pursue college educations or advanced technical degrees. He also recently established and chairs the Excellence Charter School of Bedford Stuyvesant, an all-male, 98% African-American kindergarten through eighth grade charter school that recently ranked No. 1 out of 730 New York City public schools.

Mr. Jones’ conservation interests currently include serving as chairman of The Everglades Foundation and former Chairman and current Director of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

Mr. Jones is Founder and a Director of the Robin Hood Foundation, an organization dedicated to the singular mission of uprooting poverty in New York City. Since 1988, the foundation has partnered with hundreds of grass-roots organizations, investing more than $280 million in long-term solutions for New Yorkers in need. After the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York, the Robin Hood Relief Fund was established and raised and disbursed $65 million to assist families of the missing or injured; heroic firefighters, police officers, and rescue workers; and those who were adversely affected in the aftermath—particularly lower-income and poor victims.

Richard A. Mayo, Chairman, Mayo Capital Partners

After receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in 1964, Mr. Mayo began his investment career with the First Union National Bank in Charlotte, N.C. He received his M.B.A. from the University of Virginia's Darden Graduate School of Management in 1968.

After graduation, he was a security analyst for the Keystone Custodian Growth Fund. In 1969 he helped found Batterymarch Financial Management, where he served as a portfolio manager. In 1977, Mr. Mayo was a Founding Partner of the investment firm Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo & Co. LLC (GMO), and he was with GMO until he founded Mayo Capital Partners in January of 2002.

Mr. Mayo serves on the Board of the Children’s Hospital Trust in Boston and is also a member of its investment committee. He is also a member of the investment committee of the MacArthur Foundation.

Joel Ramin, Analyst, Bridger Capital

Mr. Ramin is an Analyst at Bridger Capital, a long/short equity fund managed by Roberto Mignone. Mr. Ramin graduated with a B.S. from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce in 2000. He worked as an Analyst in the private equity division of The Blackstone Group before joining Bridger, where he has been performing fundamental research for the last 8+ years.

Julian H. Robertson Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Tiger Management

Julian H. Robertson Jr. is an investor, environmentalist, and philanthropist.

Mr. Robertson was born in Salisbury, N.C., in 1932. After graduating from the Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Va., in 1951 and the University of North Carolina in 1955, he served for two years as an officer in the U.S. Navy.

Before co-founding Tiger in 1980, Mr. Robertson enjoyed a two-decade career with Kidder Peabody and Company, beginning as a sales trainee and rising to become Chief Executive Officer of Webster Management Corporation, Kidder Peabody’s investment advisory subsidiary.

From initial capital of $8 million dollars, Mr. Robertson built Tiger into the world’s largest hedge fund, with capital of more than $23 billion. Tiger compounded at a gross rate of 31.5% between its founding in 1980 and its closing in 2000.

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, Mr. Robertson maintains Tiger to manage his own investments and to seed independent hedge funds, run by high-achieving, young managers.

In 1996, Mr. Robertson and his wife, Josie, founded the Robertson Foundation to focus on large-scale, domestic, high-impact grants in education, environment, religion, 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 at Duke University and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and combating global warming with market-based solutions.

Mr. Robertson is a member of the Board of Trustees of Environmental Defense, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and the Cathedral Church of St. 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 Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts as well as the Rockefeller University.