FOUNDER & CHAIRMAN
Daniel Och began his career at Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. in 1982 in the Risk Arbitrage Department, and rose to become the Head of Proprietary Trading in the Equities Division and Co-Head of U.S. Equities Trading. In 1994, Mr. Och left Goldman Sachs and founded the asset management firm, Och-Ziff with $100 million of capital from the Ziff Family. Mr. Och led the firm’s $1.15 billion IPO in 2007 and scaled the firm to $50 billion in assets under management. During Mr. Och’s 26-year tenure as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Och-Ziff, the firm generated an annualized gross return well in excess of the S&P 500 Index, representing a cumulative return on initial capital that is multiple times higher than that of the Index. Mr. Och currently oversees Willoughby Capital’s multibillion-dollar portfolio spanning private equity, venture capital, public equity, credit and real estate.
Mr. Och is a committed philanthropist and serves on several charitable boards, including the Robin Hood Foundation and the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, where his foundation recently endowed the Daniel and Jane Och Spine Hospital. Mr. Och is also a member of the Wharton Board of Overseers, the Board of The Museum of Modern Art, and serves as a Trustee of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Foundation. Mr. Och is an active supporter of Israel and Jewish causes through his work with UJA-Federation New York and Birthright Israel.
Mr. Och holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.