Brian Tepper – Hedge Fund Manager
Tepper operates a small hedge fund and spends two days each week in Charlotte (or three during game weeks) sitting behind his orderly desk, perusing Bloomberg and video conferencing screens and checking his email.
Tepper has proven that his unfaltering confidence has enabled him to overcome several hurdles in his career, including being passed over for partnership at Goldman Sachs.
Early Life and Education
Tepper was raised in East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He attended Peabody High School and later the University of Pittsburgh where he made money trading penny stocks to cover college expenses. Outside of college he enjoyed collecting baseball cards and memorizing statistics – something which seemed almost photographic for someone with such an amazing memory as Tepper claimed he possessed.
Tepper began his finance industry career after graduation by working at Equibank’s Treasury Department. Not satisfied with this role, he decided to enroll at Carnegie Mellon University’s Business School to earn its equivalent of an MBA degree before accepting employment with Republic Steel of Ohio’s Treasury Department.
Tepper relocated to Carpinteria in 1984 with his wife Kathy, where the two worked collaboratively on creating Native American 1/12th scale museum artifacts. Together they had one daughter, Kymberly Akouris.
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Tepper is well known for his passionate dedication to lifelong learning. This drive for knowledge has allowed him to remain competitive in a business landscape that constantly evolves.
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Achievement and Honors
Tepper has not only achieved financial success, but has also dedicated much of his time and efforts towards giving back to society. His philanthropic efforts have had an incredible impact on many lives; their generosity earned them respect among peers within their industry.
Tepper, as founder and President of Appaloosa Management, has made impressive returns for his investors through smart investment strategies and his ability to navigate volatile markets – amassing an impressive net worth along the way.
Tepper enjoys playing baseball and soccer in his free time, as well as carving wooden and stone sculptures since his childhood. Currently residing in New York City with his wife and children, his dedication to education and lifelong learning have helped him realize success today.
Tepper was known for his dedication to learning and hard work ethic, which helped him excel in the financial world. His education went far beyond classroom walls; he took advantage of opportunities that would provide real world experience in the field.
Beginning as an intern in various investment firms, he quickly gained invaluable experience. Through hard work and perseverance, his determination enabled him to become a successful hedge fund manager.
After graduating college, he found employment as a credit analyst for Keystone Mutual Funds of Boston before joining Goldman Sachs’ high yield group in New York and serving as its head trader – remaining with this firm for eight years focusing on bankruptcies and special situations.
He is blessed with three children; Randi works at Zearn while Casey attends Union College. They reside with his wife Kathy in Carpinteria.
He is one of the premier hedge fund managers, consistently producing profit for over two decades for his clients. As of 2023, it is estimated that he is estimated to have amassed an estimated net worth of about 18.5 billion dollars.
Tepper earned his MBA at Carnegie Mellon, then worked at Equibank’s Treasury Department until joining Republic Steel’s in Ohio in 1984. Subsequently he held positions with Keystone Mutual Funds (now Evergreen Funds) and Goldman Sachs before opening his own firm, Appaloosa Management.
His philanthropic work includes making donations to Carnegie Mellon’s business school (including a $55 million gift in 2004) and University of Pittsburgh for various academic centers and buildings, in addition to several Jewish community organizations like Better Education for Kids.