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Gerry Cardinale

Founder & Managing Partner

RedBird Capital Partners

New York, NY, USA

Gerry Cardinale

Biography

Gerry Cardinale is the Founder and Managing Partner of the RedBird Capital Partners.

RedBird is a private investment firm focused on building high-growth companies with flexible, long-term capital in partnership with its Entrepreneur & Family Office Network. RedBird today manages $4 billion of capital principally across its core industry verticals in Sports, TMT, Financial Services and Consumer. RedBird invests with an entrepreneurial, company-building mentality, with an emphasis on capital appreciation and compounding equity returns over longer holding periods. RedBird’s network of business founders and entrepreneurs is central to its investment sourcing strategy, and its highly curated group of limited partners are active co-investors who provide scalable capital support.

Prior to founding RedBird, Gerry spent 20 years at Goldman Sachs where he was a Partner of the firm and a senior leader of the Merchant Bank's private equity investing business, which managed over $100 billion of private capital investments across equity, debt, real estate and infrastructure investment strategies.

During his tenure, Gerry worked with entrepreneurs and family business owners to build several successful multi-billion-dollar platform companies, including the Yankees Entertainment & Sports ("YES") Network, Legends Hospitality, and Suddenlink Communications.

Gerry currently sits on several boards across the RedBird investment portfolio, including Aethon United, Compass Datacenters, OneTeam Partners, RedBall Acquisition Corp, RedBird FC, RedBird QSR, Skydance Media, TierPoint, the Yankees Entertainment & Sports (“YES”) Network, and Zenith Shipping.

Philanthropically, Gerry is a Trustee of the Mount Sinai Health System in New York City and leads one of the multi-state Selection Committees that awards Rhodes Scholarships.

Gerry Cardinale’s Newsfeed

Bloomberg
Ex-Goldman Banker Channels the Hulk for Deals With Billionaires

The first thing visitors see after stepping off the elevator at Gerry Cardinale’s RedBird Capital Partners is a 10-foot-tall statue of the Incredible Hulk. “My guys and gals are young,” the former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. partner said with a grin. “The Hulk is there to remind them to be a little hungry and a little angry, in the midst of having $10 cappuccinos.”

Wall Street Journal
RedBird Capital Partners, Oakland A’s Executive Billy Beane Launch Sports-Focused SPAC

Private-equity firm RedBird Capital Partners is teaming up with Oakland Athletics executive Billy Beane to launch the first-ever special purpose acquisition company dedicated to sports. The SPAC, which will be known as RedBall Acquisition Corp., has set out to raise $500 million to focus on businesses in sports, and sports-related media and data analytics

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Gerry Cardinale’s Background

Founder & Managing Partner
Jul 2013 - Present
New York, NY, USA
A private investment firm focused on building high-growth companies with flexible, long-term capital in partnership with our Entrepreneur & Family Office Network
Partner
Aug 1992 - Dec 2012
New York, NY, USA
Goldman Sachs is an American multinational finance company that engages in global investment banking, investment management, securities and other financial services.

Gerry Cardinale’s Gallery

Current Board Positions

Co-Chairman
2020 - Present
New York, NY, USA
A blank-check company, formed in partnership with Billy Beane, that focuses on businesses in the sports, media and data analytics sectors.
Board of Directors
2020 - Present
Toulouse, FR
RedBird FC is a European football and analytics platform. Through this platform, RedBird deploys operating expertise and a data-analytics strategy in partnership with some of the top analytics-focused executives in sport. In July 2020, RedBird FC acquired control of Toulouse FC, a football club in Toulouse, France.
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Philanthropy

Member of Selection Committee
Oxford, UK
The Rhodes Scholarship was first awarded in 1902 and is the oldest, and one of the most prestigious, international scholarship programmes. It enables outstanding young people from all around the world to study at the University of Oxford.
Board of Trustees
New York, NY, USA
The Mount Sinai Health System is a healthcare network that consists of eight campuses based in the New York Metropolitan area. It was established in 2013 as a collaborative effort between Mount Sinai Medical Center and Continuum Health Partners.

Awards & Endorsements

Winner 2019
RedBird Capital Partners was recognized for its unique structure which allows for a longer buy-and-hold strategy, than other private equity firms.
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Forbes
Top 50 Dealmakers (Private Equity)
2012
New York, NY, USA
The Forbes Top 50 Dealmakers list focuses on fund performance, exits, and recent success in raising money instead of raw fund size.

Speaking Engagements

Panel Member
Boston, MA, USA
Gerry Cardinale of RedBird Capital, Saquon Barkley and others discuss California’s passing of the Fair Pay to Play Act in late 2019 that reignited the longstanding, nationwide debate over collegiate athlete compensation.
Panel Member
2020
Abu Dhabi, AE
RedBird Capital's Gerry Cardinale participated on a panel titled "Financing the Future: How Sport's Next Decade Will Be Funded" at the 2020 Leaders in Sports Business Summit in Abu Dhabi.
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Gerry Cardinale’s Education

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University of Oxford
Rhodes Scholar, M.Phil in Politics & Political Theory
1989 - 1991
AB with Honors, magna cum laude
1985 - 1989