Sonia Gardner

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Sonia Gardner
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Sonia Gardner
Sonia Esther Lasry

(1962-02-16) February 16, 1962 (age 58)[1]
Marrakech, Morocco[2]
NationalityAmerican Moroccan
EducationClark University
Cardozo School of Law
OccupationHedge fund manager
Known forCo-founder of Avenue Capital Group
FamilyMarc Lasry (brother)

Sonia Gardner is a Moroccan-American businesswoman. hedge fund manager and the co-founder of Avenue Capital Group.[3][4]

Early life and education[edit]

Sonia Gardner was born Sonia Esther Lasry to a Jewish family in Marrakech, Morocco.[5] She immigrated with her family to the U.S. in 1966 at the age of four. Her father was a computer programmer and her mother was a schoolteacher. She was raised in West Hartford, Connecticut with her brother Marc Lasry and sister Ruth Lasry.[2][6] Gardner received a B.A. with honors in Philosophy from Clark University in 1983 and a J.D. from Cardozo School of Law in 1986.[7]


Gardner began her career as Senior Attorney of the Bankruptcy and Corporate reorganization Department at Cowen and Company.[3] In 1989, Gardner and her brother, Marc, founded the debt brokerage firm Amroc Investments.[8] In 1990, Gardner and her brother began a debt brokerage firm with Gardner as Senior Portfolio Manager.[9] Gardner and her brother formed Avenue Capital Group in 1995.[10][11]

In 2008, Gardner was the recipient of the 100 Women in Hedge Funds’ 2008 Industry Leadership Award.[3] In 2010 and 2011, The Hedge Fund Journal included her in their list of the Top 50 Women in Hedge Funds.[12] In January 2011 Gardner rang the stock market's closing bell in celebration of the tenth anniversary of “100 Women in Hedge Funds.” [13] In 2012, Gardner was listed in the book, The Alpha Masters: Unlocking the Genius of the World’s Top Hedge Funds.[9][10] In March 2013, Business Insider included her in their list of the 25 most powerful women on Wall Street.[14] Gardner rang the closing bell at the NYSE on August 25, 2015, on behalf of “100 Women in Hedge Funds.” [15] In December 2015, the 100 Women in Hedge Funds announced the election of the new Global Association Board Leadership for 2016 which includes the election of their new Chair, Sonia Gardner.[16]

Gardner serves on the Board of Directors of 100 Women in Hedge Funds.[17] She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Mount Sinai Medical Center.[18] Gardner was previously on the board of the non-profit organization "Her Justice," which helps victims of domestic violence.[19] She was also on the Board of Directors of the Managed Funds Association (MFA) and on its Executive Committee.[20]

In November of 2017, Gardner was presented with the Women's Entrepreneurship Day Pioneer Award for her groundbreaking success in Finance at the United Nations in New York City. [21]


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  8. ^ "The 400 Richest Americans". Forbes. Retrieved 12 February 2013.
  9. ^ a b Ahuja, Maneet. The alpha masters unlocking the genius of the world's top hedge funds. Hoboken, N.J.+: Wiley. p. 82. ISBN 9781118167571.
  10. ^ a b Benner, Katie. "5 hedge fund stars, 5 perspectives". CNN Money. Retrieved 12 February 2013.
  11. ^ Alden, William. "Avenue Capital Prepares New Fund for Europe". New York Times. Retrieved 12 February 2013.
  12. ^ "50 Leading Women in Hedge Funds" (PDF). The Hedge Fund Journal. Retrieved 12 February 2013.
  13. ^ "100 Women in Hedge Funds Celebrates 10th Anniversary rang NYSE Closing Bell". 24 January 2011. Retrieved 2 November 2015.
  14. ^ "The 25 Most Powerful Women on Wall Street". Retrieved 20 March 2013.
  15. ^ Vilensky, Mike (3 September 2015). "Who Wants to Ring the Closing Bell on Stock Market's Bad Days?". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2 November 2015.
  16. ^ "100 Women in Hedge Funds announces 2016 new Global Association Board Leadership along with organizational changes". 100 Women in Hedge Funds. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  17. ^ "100 Women in Hedge Funds Association Board of Directors". Retrieved 12 February 2013.
  18. ^ "Advisory Board Member - Sonia E. Gardner". CNBC.
  19. ^ "Her Justice Fiscal Year 2014 Annual Report" (PDF). Her Justice. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 July 2015. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  20. ^ "MFA Board of Directors". Retrieved 12 February 2013.
  21. ^ Wendy Diamond. "Women's Entrepreneurship Day Organization Pioneer Awards 2017 Winners". WED. Retrieved July 5, 2018.