Daniel Loeb

Daniel Loeb

American hedge fund manager
Date of Birth: 18.12.1961
Country: USA

  1. Biography of Dan Loeb
  2. Early Life and Education
  3. Career
  4. Philanthropy and Personal Life
  5. Dan Loeb married Margaret Davidson Munzer on July 4, 2004.

Biography of Dan Loeb

Dan Loeb is an American hedge fund manager and the founder and CEO of Third Point LLC, a New York-based hedge fund with a portfolio of $14 billion. Loeb's favorite strategy and key to his success is to buy struggling companies, replace inefficient management, and restore profitability. In April 2014, his net worth was estimated at $2.2 billion, up from $1.5 billion the previous year.

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Early Life and Education

Dan Loeb was born on December 18, 1961, and grew up in Santa Monica, California. He attended Palisades Charter High School, where he took Advanced Placement (AP) classes and founded a skateboard manufacturing company. One of his teachers gave him the nickname "Milo Minderbinder" after a character in the famous novel "Catch-22" due to his relentless pursuit of the stock market. Loeb's father was a partner at the Los Angeles law firm Irell & Manella LLP, and his mother was a historian. His great-aunt Ruth Handler, the creator of the Barbie doll and founder of Mattel Inc., was among his notable relatives.

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Loeb spent two years at the University of California, Berkeley, before earning his degree in economics from Columbia University. During his last year at Columbia, he made $120,000 from stock investments but lost it all due to a bad investment. This experience taught him a valuable lesson.

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From 1984 to 1987, Loeb worked at Warburg Pincus, a private equity firm. He then served as the Director of Corporate Development at Island Records, a record label, where he was involved in securing debt financing. Afterward, he worked as a risk analyst at Lafer Equity Investors and later as a Senior Vice President in the distressed debt department at Jefferies LLC, specializing in bankruptcy analysis and the sale of troubled securities. In 1994-1995, Loeb served as Vice President of the financial conglomerate Citigroup, responsible for high-yield bond sales.

In 1995, Loeb started his own business, Third Point Management, with an initial investment of $3.3 million from family and friends. In February 2013, he was featured in Forbes as one of the world's top 40 hedge fund managers and traders.

Philanthropy and Personal Life

Loeb is known for not only making money but also giving back through his philanthropic efforts. He primarily focuses on education, sports, and healthcare. He supports the Jewish Education Center, which introduces young people to Judaism, and was one of the founders of Students First New York, a local branch of a national education organization.

Loeb is actively involved in various organizations, including the board of Success Academies Charter School in Brooklyn, the board of trustees of Prep for Prep, an organization that helps children from underprivileged families receive education in prestigious private schools. He also serves on the boards of Mount Sinai Hospital, Manhattan Institute, the United States Olympic Committee, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Loeb is a supporter of same-sex marriages, the Democratic Party, and is considered a passionate collector of post-war and contemporary art, particularly feminist art. He and his wife, Margaret Davidson Munzer, have been ranked among the most successful American art collectors. His love for art began during his time at Columbia University when he first saw Nicolas Poussin's "The Abduction of the Sabine Women" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and enrolled in an art course at the university.

Dan Loeb married Margaret Davidson Munzer on July 4, 2004.