Robert Polak

Robert Polak

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Robert Polak is the Founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Investment Officer of Anchor Bolt Capital, a hedge fund focused on industrial, transportation, and energy companies. He started his career as an investment banker at Salomon Brothers before earning his MBA at Columbia Business School. After graduation, he decided he prefers a job in the more entrepreneurial hedge fund industry. Polak was working as a Portfolio Manager for Copper Arch Capital when Citadel recruited him for the newly created role of industrials sector head. He stayed at Citadel for five years.

Professional Experience

Academic History

  • Polak always wanted to work in money management. 
  • He headed the investors’ club in his senior year at UCLA.
  • He serves on the national boards of the Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces.
  • He is a member of the Chicago Board of the American Technion Society. 
  • He and his wife supported the building of apartments at the Graduate Student Village.  
  • In 2016, they became Technion Guardians with the establishment of the Victoria and Robert Polak Fund for Applied Research with Commercial Potential.