Hunter Lewis

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Hunter Lewis

Hunter Lewis (born October 13, 1947) is the co-founder of Cambridge Associates LLC, a global investment firm, and author of books in the fields of economics and moral philosophy.

Early life[edit]

Lewis was born in Dayton, Ohio, USA, in 1947 and graduated from Groton School and Harvard University (AB 1969).[1]

Cambridge Associates[edit]

After working at the Boston Company, then one of the largest investment managers, where he became a vice president in 1972, Lewis in 1973 co-founded and served as co-chief executive and then chief executive of Cambridge Associates LLC,[2] an investment advisor to American research universities and colleges representing over three-quarters of U.S. higher education endowment assets, other non-profits, international organizations, and families, with offices in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.[2] Lewis was a co-inventor of what became known as the American University style of institutional investing,[3][4] which gave American university endowment funds the highest investment returns in the world among institutional investors,[5] and which became widely emulated. Cambridge Associates also became known for its stated intention of avoiding the conflicts of interest endemic to Wall Street,[6] conflicts that became especially apparent during the Crash of 2008. Cambridge Associates has said that its mode of “conflict free” services represents an important innovation in American finance.[2] However, the Firm's business model has shifted in recent years with the majority of revenues now derived from asset management rather than independent advice.[7]

Lewis retired from Cambridge Associates in 2018[7] and founded Hunter Lewis LLC, another investment advisory firm.[8]

Other activities[edit]

Lewis has been active in the environmental and natural health fields. He has been president of the Alliance for Natural Health-USA,[9] chairman of the National Environmental Trust,[10] chairman of the Worldwatch Institute,[10] chairman of Shelburne Farms,[11] treasurer of the World Wildlife Fund, trustee of World Wildlife Fund International,[12] and trustee of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.[10] In addition to natural health and the environment boards, he has also been president of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, chairman of Dumbarton Oaks,[10] trustee of the Morgan Library,[10] trustee of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation,[10] trustee of Groton School,[10] and member of the World Bank Pension Finance Committee.[10]


Lewis has written for the New York Times[13] The Times of London,[14] the Washington Post,[15][16][17] and the Atlantic Monthly[18] as well as numerous websites such as[19][20] and Books on economics include: Economics in Three Lessons & One Hundred Economic Laws (Axios Press; October 1, 2017),[21] Crony Capitalism in America: 2008-2012 (AC² Books; September 1, 2013), Where Keynes Went Wrong: And Why World Governments Keep Creating Inflation, Bubbles, and Busts (Axios Press; September 25, 2009),[22] Are the Rich Necessary?: Great Economic Arguments and How They Reflect Our Personal Values (Axios Press; September 25, 2007; Rev and expanded PB edition October 30, 2009),[23] The Real World War (Coward, McCann & Geoghegan/Putnam; 1982). Books on moral philosophy include: The Secular Saints: And Why Morals Are Not Just Subjective (Axios Press, 2018), A Question of Values: Six Ways We Make the Personal Choices That Shape Our Lives (Harper, Collins; 1990, Axios Press; Rev edition May 25, 2000), The Beguiling Serpent (Axios Press; August 31, 2000), Alternative Values: For and Against Wealth, Power, Fame, Praise, Glory, and Physical Pleasure (Axios Press; July 25, 2005). Articles include, among others: "Sustainability, The Complete Concept: Environment, Healthcare, and Economy".[24]



  1. ^ Dahl, Stephanie (2009-10-13). "Business Visionaries: Hunter Lewis". Forbes. Retrieved 28 October 2010.
  2. ^ a b c "Cambridge Associates". Archived from the original on 2006-10-24.
  3. ^ Groton School Quarterly, Vol. LXIX, No. 3, September, 2007
  4. ^ John F. Berry (Nov 30, 1981). "Teaching Universities". The Washington Post. p. 1.
  5. ^ "NACUBO Endowment Study". Archived from the original on 2008-04-14.
  6. ^ "Investment Adviser Public Disclosure".
  7. ^ a b Lim, Dawn (2018-11-06). "Co-Founder Selling Stake in Wall Street Gatekeeper". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2020-08-24.
  8. ^ "About — Hunter Lewis LLC". Retrieved 2020-08-24. Our firm was founded in June 2018 by Hunter Lewis, the co-founder and former CEO of Cambridge Associates LLC, a global investment firm with $2.6 trillion under advisement as of his departure in 2018.
  9. ^ "ANH-USA".
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h Who's Who in America
  11. ^ Shelburne Farms website
  12. ^ "World Wildlife Fund". Archived from the original on 2008-04-16. Retrieved 2008-04-03.
  13. ^ "Globenomics". New York Times. Jan 15, 1984.
  14. ^ "The Times". London. Jan 19, 2010.
  15. ^ "Washington Post". Jan 9, 1977. p. k-3.
  16. ^ "Washington Post". Feb 12, 1977.
  17. ^ "Washington Post". Mar 20, 1977. p. H-3.
  18. ^ "Capitol Hill's Ugliness Club". Atlantic Monthly. Feb 1967. p. 60.
  19. ^ Lewis, Hunter (1 January 2006). "Is Ben Bernanke a Conservative?". Forbes. Retrieved 29 Oct 2013.
  20. ^ "When Asked To Defend The Fed's Policies, Committed Keynesians Obfuscate". Forbes. 28 Oct 2013. Retrieved 29 Oct 2013.
  21. ^ Silverstein, Barry (2017-08-27). "Review of Economics in Three Lessons & One Hundred Economics Laws". Forward Reviews. Retrieved 2017-09-29.
  22. ^ "For the Holidays, a Multimedia Guide to Economics". Dec 14, 2009.
  23. ^ Hurt III, Harry (October 21, 2007). "A Lens on Wealth, From All the Angles". The New York Times.
  24. ^ Hunter Lewis (15 October 2009). "Sustainability, The Complete Concept: Environment, Healthcare, and Economy". Issue 63 (section 63.03). ChangeThis. Retrieved 12 January 2011.

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