William S. Fisher

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William S. Fisher
BornWilliam Sydney Fisher
1958 (age 59–60)
ResidenceSan Francisco, California, U.S.
Alma materPrinceton University
Stanford University
Known forFounding and managing Manzanita Capital
Net worthUS$1.85 billion (January 2018)[1]
Spouse(s)Sakurako Fisher
Parent(s)Donald Fisher
Doris Feigenbaum
FamilyRobert J. Fisher (brother)
John J. Fisher (brother)

William Sydney Fisher (born 1958) is an American investor, hedge fund manager, and philanthropist. He has been a director of Gap Inc. since 2009, and the founder and chief executive officer of Manzanita Capital Limited.[2] The son of Gap Inc. founders Donald Fisher and Doris F. Fisher, William Fisher has been involved with the company as a board member or employee for nearly 30 years.

As of January 2018, Fisher has a net worth of US$1.85 billion.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Fisher was born to a Jewish family,[3] is the son of Doris Feigenbaum Fisher and Don Fisher, the co-founders of Gap, Inc. He has two brothers: Robert J. Fisher and John J. Fisher. Fisher attended Phillips Exeter Academy.[4][5] He is a 1979 graduate of Princeton University, where he received a bachelor's degree[4] and a 1984 graduate of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, from which he earned a Master's Degree in Business Administration.[4]

Investment career[edit]

Fisher began his career at The Gap after earning his MBA,[4] starting first as the store director for the Banana Republic and then the general manager for Gap in Canada.[4] Fisher served as the president of the Gap's international division and is credited with expanding the company into Canada, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Japan.[4] In 2001, he founded the London-based private equity firm Manzanita Capital and serves as its CEO. Manzanita concentrates its investments in branded luxury companies in Europe, consumer goods, and retail.[4] In 2009, he was appointed to the Gap's Board of Directors.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Fisher is married to Sakurako Daniel "Sako" Fisher. They have three children. His wife - who graduated from Stanford with a B.A. in 1982[4] - was born in Japan to an American father and a Japanese mother[6] and serves as president of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and chair of the Smithsonian National Board.[7]

Wealth and philanthropy[edit]

According to Forbes Magazine, he has a net worth of $1.85 billion USD.[1]

Fisher donates heavily to his alma mater Stanford and has a professorship there. In 2011, he donated $1 million to Stanford's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. He serves as vice chairman of the science museum Exploratorium in San Francisco.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "William Fisher". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-01-29.
  2. ^ a b Gap, Inc. web site retrieved March 31, 2013
  3. ^ The Jewish News Weekly of Northern California: "Gap Founder Donald Fisher Leaves Stamp on Community" October 1, 2009
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i Stanford University: William S. Fisher, MBA '84 retrieved March 31, 2013
  5. ^ San Francisco Gate: "A's NEW ERA / JOHN FISHER / Son of Gap founder is the money behind the deal" by Todd Wallack March 31, 2005
  6. ^ San Francisco Symphony Orchestra: "Inventing Community with SFS President Sako Fisher" February 8, 2013
  7. ^ San Francisco Business Times: "Sakurako Fisher assumes post at San Francisco Symphony" by Renée Frojo December 4, 2012