David Swensen

David Swensen

Formal First Name
1954 - present

David Swensen is a renowned investor, philanthropist, and endowment fund manager. As Yale’s Chief Investment Officer, he is responsible for managing the university’s more than $30 billion endowment assets and hundreds of millions of dollars in other investment funds. Under his stewardship throughout the past thirty-two years, the Yale Endowment generated returns of 13.5% per annum, a record unparalleled among institutional investors. Prior to joining Yale, Swensen spent six years on Wall Street, where his work focused on developing new financial technologies.

Professional Experience

Academic History

He has won numerous awards including:

  • In 2012, the Yale Medal for outstanding individual service to the University
  • In 2007, the Mory’s Cup for conspicuous service to Yale
  • In 2007, the Hopkins Medal for commitment, devotion, and loyalty to Hopkins School

Throughout his 30 years managing the Yale Endowment Fund (which includes bonds and non-stock assets), Swensen succeeded at 13.9% of CAGR vs 10.7% for S&P 500