Lee Ainslie is the founder and head of Maverick Capital, a long/short equity hedge fund in Dallas, Texas. He is a Tiger Cub, protégé under Julian Robertson at Tiger Management.
Lee Ainslie started his career in management consulting at KPMG and after business school, he worked at Tiger Management. When he was 29 years old in 1993, Julian Robertson helped him raise $38 million in capital by the family of Sam Wyly, a Texas entrepreneur. Maverick Capital was founded in 1993 and by 2015, it had an AUM of $14.7 billion.
Lee Ainslie was born in 1964 in Alexandria, Virginia. He graduated from Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia where his father was the headmaster. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Systems Engineering from University of Virginia and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Episcopal High School and UNC are Julian Robertson’s alma mater as well). Lee Ainslie is a Director of the Robin Hood Foundation, Trustee of the Episcopal High School and a member of the Advisory Board of the University of Virginia.
Lee Ainslie’s net worth is $1 billion. He has two sons and is married to Elizabeth Ainslie who owns an interior design firm and serves on the board of the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum.