David Segel

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David Alexander Segel (born April 10, 1964 in New Haven, CT) is an American businessman. Segel is an active investor in financial services and media assets. He has a history of entrepreneurial business activity and a commitment to philanthropy and culture reform.


David Segel grew up in Connecticut, Chicago and New York. He graduated from Yale University in 1986 with a B.A. in Physics and Philosophy. In 1992 he relocated to London, England, where he lived for 16 years with his wife, Tina, and their children. The Segel family returned to the USA in 2008.

Financial services businesses[edit]

Segel is an options market maker and open outcry trader by training. He traded as a member of the Coffee Sugar Cocoa Exchange, the Pacific Stock Exchange, the CBOE, LIFFE, and Eurex Exchanges during his trading career. In 1999 David launched a London-based derivatives trading firm, the Mako Group[1] which has become one of Europe's leaders in options market-making. The Mako Group also operates several successful investment management programs, including The Pelagus Fund which is a multi-year award winner for Eurohedge Awards.

In 2007 Segel and his peers at Mako partnered with Bruno Usai to set up The Pelagus Fund, a fixed income relative value hedge fund. The Pelagus Fund was awarded the European Fixed Income Hedge Fund of the Year by EuroHedge in 2008 and 2009.[1]

Media businesses[edit]

Segel is active in growing media interests. In 2007 he founded Mpower Pictures[2] with Steve McEveety, John Shepherd and Todd Matthew Burns.

Segel's most recent credits include serving as the Executive Producer for Man Down (in production) and The Dropbox Film (releasing in March 2015), as well as, Executive Producer of The Stoning of Soraya M. (2008) which won numerous awards including the Los Angeles Film Festival "Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature" and producer of the film Snowmen (2011).

Most recently Segel co-founded Structured Data Intelligence (SDI) with Xavier Kocchar which collects and organizes video content metadata.


Segel is committed to philanthropy and exercises this through The Promise Fund, managed through National Christian Foundation (NCF).[3] NCF is committed to supporting social and cultural causes. NCF also invests in evangelism and other Christian causes. Jen Alt manages philanthropic activity for the team.

Other interests[edit]

An avid sailor, Segel leads a racing campaign in the Nautor Swan class of sailing yachts out of Southampton, England.

Segel is also active in aviation, piloting an off-field Carbon Cub SS, as well as an ex-RAF Tucano jet trainer and he operates a commercial Part 135 charter aircraft and aircraft management activity named Peak Aero with CEO Charles Cope.

Along with adventurer Alan Chambers MBE and team, Segel trekked on skis 100 miles across the polar ice cap to reach the geographic North Pole. In 2010 he completed an expidition through the Northwest Passage, sailing from East to West in an open Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) with adventurer Bear Grylls and traveling 2500 km from Baffin Island to the Beaufort Sea. Footage from the expedition aired on CNN September 2010.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Hedge Fund Intelligence website:EuroHedge Article
  2. ^ Mpower Pictures:Mpower Pictures-About Us
  3. ^ National Christian Foundation:NCF website