Alexander S. Friedman: Big Money, Big Bosses
When you’ve worked for the President of the United States and the world’s richest person, you might pick up a tip or two on effective leadership and money management. Having experienced this firsthand, Alexander Friedman can attest to the power of serving bosses in high places.
Alexander S. Friedman earned a Juris Doctor from Columbia University Law School in 1998, preceded by a B.A. from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School. After graduating, Alexander led corporate development at Medarex, a US-listed biotechnology company.
After working with Medarex, Mr. Friedman managed Asymmetry LLC, a private investment firm, following which he served as a member of the supervisory board of private equity firm Actis. Next, Friedman was an investment banker and senior adviser at Lazard for five years, from 2002 to 2007, where he was a mergers and acquisitions specialist and served as the firm’s co-head of the financial sponsor group.
Around this time, Alexander S. Friedman accepted a series of jobs with bosses in very high places. For instance, Mr. Friedman worked as a White House Fellow in the Clinton administration and as an assistant to the Secretary of Defense for special projects.
For three years until March 2010, Alexander Friedman served as the chief financial officer of the $36.4 billion Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Mr. Friedman also advised as a strategic partner to the chief executive of the foundation, and he remains a member of the management committee.
Speaking of working for big firms and big bosses, Alexander S. Friedman’s next move was to accept the position of chief investment officer at UBS Wealth Management in March of 2011. In this high-profile appointment, Alexander also served as the chief investment officer at UBS Wealth Management Americas, as chairman of the UBS Global Investment Committee, and as a group managing director for the firm.
It was in 2014 that Alexander S. Friedman was appointed the group chief executive officer and became chairman of the Group Management Board of GAM Holding AG, where Alexander develops the group’s multi-asset solutions. With a 35-year heritage and more than 900 employees in 14 countries, GAM collectively manages CHF 163.8 billion in Swiss Francs ($165.22 billion in U.S. dollars) for their clients.
While serving his clients at GAM Holding AG, Mr. Friedman is also a board member of several non-profit organizations and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Moreover, Alexander is a frequent contributor to financial media, including the Financial Times, Bloomberg, and CNBC.
Working for powerful people prepared Alexander S. Friedman for his own epic journey to whale