Marc Lasry

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Marc Lasry
Born 1960/1961 (age 55–56)[1]
Residence New York, New York, US
Nationality American
Education Clark University
New York Law School
Occupation Private equity investor, Hedge fund manager
Known for Co-founder of Avenue Capital Group and co-owner of the Milwaukee Bucks
Net worth US $ 1.9 billion
(September 2015)[1]
Religion Judaism
Spouse(s) Cathy Cohen
Children 5

Marc Lasry is a billionaire Moroccan-born American hedge fund manager. He is the co-founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of Avenue Capital Group and the co-owner of the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks.

Early life and education[edit]

Lasry was born in Marrakech to a family of Moroccan Jews.[2] When he was seven years old, he and his family immigrated to the U.S.[3] His father, Moise, was a computer programmer and his mother, Elise, was a schoolteacher.[4][5] Lasry grew up in West Hartford, Connecticut and received a B.A. in history from Clark University in 1981 and a J.D. from New York Law School in 1984. While in law school, he worked as a clerk for the Chief Bankruptcy Judge of the Southern District of New York, Edward Ryan.[6]


After graduating from law school, Lasry took a position in the bankruptcy branch of the law firm Angel & Frankel.[6] Together with his sister Sonia Gardner, they founded Amroc Investments in 1989 and Avenue Capital Group in 1995. One year later[6] Lasry became the director of the private debt department at the investment firm R. D. Smith, now Smith Vasillou Management.[7] This is where Lasry first got involved in trade claims. He then took a position as Co-Director of the Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization Department at Cowen & Company.[7] There Lasry recruited his sister Sonia Gardner, also an attorney, to assist in the company's trade claims department.[7] Lasry left Cowen & Company and joined the Robert M. Bass Group, focused on distressed security investments.

In 1989, Lasry and his sister founded the firm Amroc Investments with $100 million in seed money from various investors. Amroc purchased both trade claims and bank debt held by vendors of bankrupt and/or distressed companies.[2] In 1995, Lasry and Gardner invested $7 million of their own capital and founded the Avenue Capital Group, which initially focused on distressed debt and special situations primarily in the United States. The partners successfully expanded the firm's investment focus to Europe and Asia. The two went on to build their hedge fund, which had as much as $11 billion in assets under management.[4]

In 2013, Lasry was considered for the position of U.S. ambassador to France, but declined consideration for business reasons.[8] In 2014 Forbes listed Lasry as one of the 25 highest-earning hedge fund managers in 2013, with total earnings of $280 million.[9]

In April 2014, Lasry became co-owner of the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks after purchasing the team from Herb Kohl for $550 million.[10]

Lasry is a member of Kappa Beta Phi.[11]

Lasry is a major Democratic Party donor.[12]


In 2004, Lasry and his wife contributed support to the University of Pennsylvania and co-chaired the Penn Parent Leadership Committee.[13] In 2005 they donated $5 million to Clark University for the construction of the “Cathy '83 and Marc '81 Lasry Center for Bioscience”.[14]

Lasry served as a director of the 92nd Street Y and the Big Apple Circus and was a trustee of the Mount Sinai Medical Center. He is a prominent donor to Democratic Party causes.[15]

In January 2016 Lasry participated in "Portfolios with Purpose," an annual stock selection contest in which participants pick portfolios on behalf of their favorite charities.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Lasry is married to Cathy Cohen and has five children.[4][6] His son, Alexander, worked for White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett. Lasry's daughter, Samantha, was a staffer for congressman Rahm Emanuel.[17]

Lasry's hobbies include basketball, tennis[18] and comics.[19]


  1. ^ a b Forbes: the World's Billionaires: Mark Lasry March 2014
  2. ^ a b Wee, Gillian (Feb 15, 2012). "Lasry Sees Europe Bankruptcy Bonanza as Bad Debts Obscure Assets". Bloomberg. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  3. ^ Tablet Magazine: "The Next Owner of ‘Newsweek’ Will Be Jewish – A plea against one of the candidates" By Marc Tracy July 30, 2010
  4. ^ a b c Bloomberg: "Lasry Sees Europe Bankruptcy Bonanza as Bad Debts Obscure Assets" February 14, 2012
  5. ^ Ahuja, Maneet. The alpha masters unlocking the genius of the world's top hedge funds. Hoboken, N.J.+: Wiley. p. 79. ISBN 1118167570. 
  6. ^ a b c d New York Law School alumni Bulletin: "Spotlight Luncheon: A Conversation with Marc Lasry '84" retrieved June 18, 2013
  7. ^ a b c Ahuja, Maneet. The alpha masters : unlocking the genius of the world's top hedge funds. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley. pp. 79–81. ISBN 1118065522. 
  8. ^ Tausche, Kayla (26 April 2013). "Why Lasry Said 'Non Merci". Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  9. ^ Vardi, Nathan (Feb 26, 2014), "The 25 Highest-Earning Hedge Fund Managers And Traders", Forbes 
  10. ^ NBA owners approve sale of Bucks to Edens, Lasry
  11. ^ Roose, Kevin (2014). Young Money: Inside the Hidden World of Wall Street's Post-Crash Recruits. London, UK: John Murray (Publishers), An Hachette UK Company. p. 209. ISBN 978-1-47361-161-0. 
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  13. ^ Kazan, Dan. "The Lasry Family Professorship in Race Relations". Left Justified. 
  14. ^ "Clark University names new biosciences center". Boston Business Journal. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  15. ^ Spector, Mike (March 27, 2010). "Avenue Capital's Investor in Chief". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved March 28, 2010. 
  16. ^ Sinclair, Nicole (7 January 2016). "Hedge fund manager Marc Lasry: Positive on energy, Clinton and charity". Yahoo! Finance. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  17. ^ MacIntosh, Jeane (April 27, 2013). "Flushed diplo pick tight with Bill & Bam". New York Post. Retrieved May 22, 2014. 
  18. ^ Schwartz, Nelson. "Hedge Fund Places Faith in Euro Zone". The New York Times. 
  19. ^ Wachtel, Katya (15 March 2013). "If fund manager Lasry gets ambassador nod, investors likely to stay". Reuters. Reuters. Retrieved 20 May 2013.