Bruce R. Berkowitz

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Bruce Berkowitz
Born 1958 (age 58–59)
Residence Coral Gables, Florida
Nationality United States
Education B.S. University of Massachusetts Amherst
Occupation equity fund manager
Known for founder of Fairholme Capital Management
Spouse(s) married
Children three
Parent(s) Hennie and Barney Berkowitz

Bruce R. Berkowitz is an equity fund manager and registered investment adviser.[1] Berkowitz founded Fairholme Capital Management in 1997 and was formerly a senior portfolio manager at Lehman Brothers Holdings and a managing director of Smith Barney. Berkowitz was named 2009 Domestic-Stock Fund Manager of the Year and Domestic-Stock Fund Manager of the Decade by Morningstar, Inc..[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Berkowitz, was raised in a Jewish family[3][4][5] in Chelsea, Massachusetts, the son of Hennie and Barney Berkowitz. He attended Chelsea High School and Huntington Prep before graduating from Beaver Country Day School.[6] In 1980, he graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics, cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.[7]


After college, Berkowitz worked at the Strategic Planning Institute in Cambridge, a management consulting firm. In 1983, he joined Merrill Lynch in London.[8] In 1986 he accepted a job with Lehman Brothers in London and then transferred to their New Jersey office in 1989 as a senior portfolio manager. In 1993, he became a managing director of Smith Barney Investment Advisers.[6]

In 1997, Berkowitz started his own firm, Fairholme Capital Management. The name of the firm "Fairholme" was the name of the last street on which he had lived.[6]

In late 2010 it was announced that Berkowitz had joined the board of directors of the St. Joe Company.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Berkowitz lives in Coral Gables, Florida.[8] He has been married since 1980, and he has two sons and one daughter.[6]


Berkowitz donated $6.75 million to the Center for Jewish History which is dedicated to the preservation of Jewish history and genealogy. His donation along with that of Bill Ackman, the CEO of hedge fund Pershing Square Capital Management, and Joseph Steinberg, the president of Leucadia National, were the three largest individual gifts that the center has ever received.[10]


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