Cathie Wood

Cathie Wood

Formal First Name
Catherine (Cathie)
11/1955 - present

Cathie Wood is the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of ARK Invest, an investment management firm she founded in 2014 to focus on disruptive innovation while adding new dimensions to research. She led the development of the firm’s philosophy and investment approach and has ultimate responsibility for investment decisions. Wood invests exclusively in innovators in areas such as robotics, artificial intelligence, blockchain technology, genome sequencing, and energy storage.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • Wood began her financial career in 1977 as an Assistant Economist at The Capital Group. 
  • She co-founded Tupelo Capital Management in 1998, a hedge fund where she managed $800 million in global thematic strategies.

  • Wood has been identifying and investing in innovation for more than 40 years.
  • She has focused on thematic investing strategies since 1990, particularly on technologically-enabled disruption that cuts across economic sectors.
  • She is passionate about the efficient allocation of capital to its highest and best use.

  • Wood has been recognized as an influential fund manager across various outlets.
  • In 2019, Fortune named her to its exclusive roundtable of experts in the annual Fortune Investors Guide.
  • In 2018, Bloomberg acknowledged selected her to its second annual Bloomberg 50 list of people who have defined global business.
  • In 2016, Markets Media granted her the “Women in Finance – Outstanding Contribution Award.”


    • Wood spoke at the 2020 Mauldin Strategic Economics Conference.