Steven A. Cohen

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Steve Cohen
BornSteven A. Cohen
(1956-06-11) June 11, 1956 (age 56)
Great Neck, New York, U.S.
ResidenceGreenwich, Connecticut, U.S.[1]
NationalityAmerican
Alma materWharton School, University of Pennsylvania (B.A.)[1]
OccupationFounder, SAC Capital Advisors
Hedge fund manager
Salary$600 million (2011)
Net worthIncrease $8.3 billion (Mar. 2012)[1]
Spouse(s)

Patricia Finke (1979-1990)

Alexandra Garcia (1992-present)
Children7[1]
 
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Steve Cohen
BornSteven A. Cohen
(1956-06-11) June 11, 1956 (age 56)
Great Neck, New York, U.S.
ResidenceGreenwich, Connecticut, U.S.[1]
NationalityAmerican
Alma materWharton School, University of Pennsylvania (B.A.)[1]
OccupationFounder, SAC Capital Advisors
Hedge fund manager
Salary$600 million (2011)
Net worthIncrease $8.3 billion (Mar. 2012)[1]
Spouse(s)

Patricia Finke (1979-1990)

Alexandra Garcia (1992-present)
Children7[1]

Steven "Steve" A. Cohen (born June 11, 1956) is an American hedge fund manager. He is the founder of SAC Capital Advisors, a Stamford, Connecticut-based hedge fund focusing primarily on equity market strategies.

He has an estimated net worth of $8.3 billion as of March 2012, ranked by Forbes as the 106th richest man in the world.[1][2] Cohen is 35th overall in the U.S.[3]

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Early life

Cohen grew up in a Jewish family[4][5] in Great Neck, New York, where his father was a dress manufacturer in Manhattan's garment district, and his mother was a part-time piano teacher.[6] He took a liking to poker as a high school student, often betting his own money in tournaments. Cohen credits the game with teaching him "how to take risks."[6] Cohen received an economics degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1978. He was a brother of Zeta Beta Tau fraternity, Theta Chapter.[7][8] While in school, a friend helped him open a brokerage account with $1,000 of his tuition money. [6]

Business

After Wharton, Cohen got a Wall Street job as a junior trader in the options arbitrage department at Gruntal & Co. in 1978, where he eventually managed a $75 million portfolio and six traders.[6]

His first day on the job at Gruntal & Co., he made an $8,000 profit. He would eventually go on to make the company around $100,000 a day.[7] Cohen was running his own trading group at Gruntal by 1984, and continued running it until he started his own company, SAC.[7]

In 1992, Cohen started SAC Capital Partners with $20 million of his own money; today the firm manages $14 billion in equity.[9] Originally known as a rapid-fire trader who never held trading positions for extended periods of time, Cohen now holds an increasing number of equities for longer periods of time.[6][10]

Wealth

Forbes Magazine estimates Cohen's fortune at $8.3 billion in September 2011, ranking him the 35th richest man in the United States.[11]

In 1998, the Cohen family purchased a 35,000 square feet (3,300 m2) home on 14 acres (57,000 m2) in Greenwich, Connecticut.[12]

His 2005 compensation was reportedly $1 billion,[13] considerably higher than his 2004 compensation ($450 million),[14] 2001 compensation ($428 million),[7] and 2003 compensation ($350 million).[15]

In addition, Cohen owns 7% of search engine Baidu[16] and owns 5% of SSD design firm OCZ Technology.[17]

Personal life

Cohen has been married twice:[6][18]

Cohen serves on the Board of Trustees of Brown University and the New York-based Robin Hood Foundation.[8][24][25]

In 1999, the publicity-shy[6][7] trader granted one of his first on-the record interviews to Daniel Strachman for his book Getting Started In Hedge Funds (Wiley 2000).

In December 2009, Steven A Cohen and his brother Donald T Cohen were sued by Steven's ex-wife Patricia Cohen for racketeering and insider trading charges.[26] On March 30, 2011, the United States District Court in Lower Manhattan dismissed the case, saying Ms. Cohen’s claims amounted to little more than speculation and rumor.[27]

Art collector

Cohen began collecting art in 2000, and over the past several years has become a prominent collector, appearing on Art News magazine's "Top 10" list of biggest-spending art collectors around the world each year since 2002,[28] and Forbes magazine's "Top Billionaire Art Collectors" list in 2005.[29] To date, Cohen has bought around $700 million worth of artwork;[30] in 2003, the New York Times reported that in a five-year period, Cohen spent 20% of his income at art auctions.[31]

Cohen owns between 4.7% and 5.9% of the stock of Sotheby's auction house, which has been described as a "significant stake."[32]

He is reportedly building a private museum for some of his artwork on his Greenwich property.[33] In the winter of 2005, it became known that in 1999 Cohen had bought Edvard Munch's "Madonna". Reportedly, this was for $11.5 million.

His tastes in collecting changed "quickly" from Impressionist painters to contemporary art. He also collects 'trophy' art—signature works by famous artists[29][34]—including a Pollock "drip" painting from David Geffen for $52 million and Damien Hirst's The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living, a piece that the artist had bought back from Charles Saatchi for $8 million. In the last two years, he reportedly paid $25 million each for a Warhol and a Picasso. He is a top patron of the Marianne Boesky art gallery.[vague]

In 2006, Cohen remarked that repairing his suspended shark artwork, a cost estimated to be a minimum of $100,000, was an "inconsequential" expense. Since the shark itself is over 10 years old, it has begun to rot and requires replacement.[35] The replacement shark has already been caught;[36] once the exhibit is fixed, Cohen will have it moved into his SAC office.[30] Cohen has also placed Marc Quinn's Self, a head sculpture made of frozen blood, in the SAC lobby.[30]

In addition, in 2006 Cohen bought a landscape entitled "Police Gazette” by artist Willem de Kooning for $63.5 million from David Geffen.[37] Also in 2006, Cohen attempted to make the most expensive art purchase in history when he offered to purchase Picasso's Le Reve from casino mogul Steve Wynn for $139 million. Just days before the painting was to be transported to Cohen, Wynn, who suffers from poor vision due to retinitis pigmentosa, accidentally thrust his elbow through the painting while showing it to a group of acquaintances inside of his office at Wynn Las Vegas. The purchase was cancelled, and Wynn still holds the painting.[38] In November 2006, Cohen purchased another Willem de Kooning painting, Woman III, from David Geffen for $137.5 million.[39]

Recognition

Dubbed "the hedge fund king" in a 2006 Wall Street Journal article, Time Magazine ranked him 94th in 2007 on its annual Time 100 list of most influential people.[6][10] In 2011 he was included in the 50 Most Influential ranking of Bloomberg Markets Magazine.

References

  1. ^ a b c d e [1] Forbes.com. Retrieved September 2011.
  2. ^ Mason, Melvin. "Greenwich Home to Billionaires on Forbes List". The Greenwich Daily Voice. http://greenwich.dailyvoice.com/news/greenwich-home-billionaires-forbes-list. Retrieved July 26, 2012. 
  3. ^ Weizel, Richard. "Eight County Billionaires Make Forbes Richest List". The Norwalk Daily Voice. http://norwalk.dailyvoice.com/news/eight-county-billionaires-make-forbes-richest-list. Retrieved July 26, 2012. 
  4. ^ JTA: "Jewish, Republican, pro-gay rights" By Ron Kampeas May 14, 2011
  5. ^ The Tablet: "Tribal Allegiance: A Brooklyn rabbi thought he could swindle hedge-fund king Steven Cohen by playing on his Judaism. It was a bad bet." By Allison Hoffman December 16, 2010
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i Pulliam, Susan (9-16-2006). "The Hedge Fund King is Getting Nervous". The Wall Street Journal. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB115836320295965062.html. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  7. ^ a b c d e [2] Vickers, Marcia, "The Most Powerful Trader on Wall Street You've Never Heard Of" cover story, Business Week, July 21, 2003, Retrieved July 25, 2006
  8. ^ a b "New Brown fellows, trustees, and officers announced". Today at Brown. Brown University. 5-28-2008. http://today.brown.edu/articles/2008/05/new-fellows-and-trustees. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  9. ^ Burton, Katherine; Saijel Kishan (October 11, 2009). "SAC Said to Tell Clients a Review Found No Suspicious Trading". Bloomberg.com. http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aZ7fWNd30D5Q&pos=6. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  10. ^ a b Fox, Justin (March 5, 2007). "Time 100 - Steven Cohen". Time Magazine. http://www.time.com/time/specials/2007/time100/article/0,28804,1595326_1615737_1615873,00.html. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  11. ^ Forbes. http://www.forbes.com/profile/steve-cohen. 
  12. ^ DealBook - New York Times - For Steven Cohen, 35,000 Square Feet Isn’t Enough
  13. ^ [3] The Wall Street Journal
  14. ^ Ryan Money Blog » Venture Capital
  15. ^ [4]
  16. ^ Net stocks close lower as Monster sinks on options probe - MarketWatch
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  18. ^ a b Edmonston, Peter; Zachery Kouwe (11-14-2008). "For Steven Cohen, 35,000 Square Feet Isn’t Enough". The New York Times. http://dealbook.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/11/14/for-stevie-cohen-35000-square-feet-isnt-enough/. Retrieved 2009-11-09. 
  19. ^ American Law Daily: First Amended Compaint: PATRICIA COHEN, Plaintiff, STEVEN COHEN, DONALD COHEN, BRETT LURIE, EDWARD BAO, SAC CAPITAL MANAGEMENT, INC., DONALD T. COHEN C.P.A., P.A., and GRUNTAL & CO. L.L.C., Defendants filed April 5, 2010
  20. ^ New York Magazine: "Divorced, Never Separated" By Steve Fishman March 28, 2010
  21. ^ American Law Daily: "In Amended Complaint, Ex-Wife of SAC Capital's Cohen Targets New Defendants" by Brian Baxter "Patricia Cohen (née Finke) first sued her former husband..." April 6, 2010
  22. ^ Bloomberg: "Steve Cohen's Trade Secrets" February 26, 2010
  23. ^ The Tablet: "Tribal Allegiance: A Brooklyn rabbi thought he could swindle hedge-fund king Steven Cohen by playing on his Judaism. It was a bad bet." By Allison Hoffman December 16, 2010
  24. ^ "The Corporation of Brown University: Trustees". Brown University. February 2009. Archived from the original on June 9, 2008. http://web.archive.org/web/20080609093431/http://www.brown.edu/Administration/News_Bureau/Info/Corporation.html. Retrieved January 4, 2010. 
  25. ^ "Robin Hood Foundation - Board of Directors". The Robin Hood Foundation. http://www.robinhood.org/leaders-and-staff/board.aspx. Retrieved January 4, 2010. 
  26. ^ "SAC Capital's Steven Cohen Sued For Racketeering By Ex-Wife". The Wall Street Journal. December 16, 2009. http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20091216-714552.html. Retrieved January 4, 2010. [dead link]
  27. ^ Ex-Wife’s Suit Against Steven Cohen Is Dismissed March 30, 2011
  28. ^ [6] "Top 10" article, Art News magazine, Summer 2006 issue; also see the "Past Issues" section, Summer 2005, Summer 2004, Summer 2003, Summer 2002, Retrieved July 25, 2006
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  31. ^ http://www.safran-arts.com/42day/art/art4mar/art0303.html
  32. ^ Marion Maneker, "Steven Cohen Buys Significant Sotheby's Stake," Art Market Monitor, March 6, 2009
  33. ^ http://www.artnet.com/magazineus/news/artnetnews/artnetnews10-26-06.asp
  34. ^ "Top Billionaire Art Collectors - Forbes.com". Forbes. http://www.forbes.com/collecting/2005/03/09/cx_ahg_0309hot.html. 
  35. ^ http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/ent/stories/DN-hirst_1002gl.ART.State.Edition1.3e4aa3b.html
  36. ^ http://www.brown.edu/Students/INDY/cms/content/view/305/35/
  37. ^ Vogel, Carol (2006-10-12). "Works by Johns and de Kooning Sell for $143.5 Million". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/12/arts/design/12geff.html?em&ex=1160798400&en=c01ce625884089d1&ei=5087%0A. Retrieved 2010-05-24. 
  38. ^ Nora Ephron: My Weekend in Vegas - Politics on The Huffington Post
  39. ^ Vogel, Carol (2006-11-18). "Landmark De Kooning Crowns Collection". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/18/arts/design/18pain.html. Retrieved 2010-05-24. 

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