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Gerry Cardinale

Founder & Managing Partner

RedBird Capital Partners

New York, NY, USA

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Gerry’s Biography

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

Founded in 2014, RedBird Capital Partners is a private investment firm focused on building high-growth companies alongside entrepreneurs in its four areas of domain expertise: sports, media, consumer and financial services. To date, RedBird manages over $6 billion of capital on behalf of a highly curated group of blue-chip global institutional and family office investors. RedBird’s network of entrepreneurs is central to its investment sourcing and company-building strategy that helps founders achieve their business objectives and long-term vision. Since inception, RedBird has invested in over 30 platform companies and 80 add on acquisitions with total enterprise value exceeding $30 billion.

Prior to founding RedBird, Gerry spent 20 years at Goldman Sachs, serving as 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....
Gerry Cardinale is the Founder & Managing Partner of RedBird Capital Partners.

Founded in 2014, RedBird Capital Partners is a private investment firm focused on building high-growth companies alongside entrepreneurs in its four areas of domain expertise: sports, media, consumer and financial services. To date, RedBird manages over $6 billion of capital on behalf of a highly curated group of blue-chip global institutional and family office investors. RedBird’s network of entrepreneurs is central to its investment sourcing and company-building strategy that helps founders achieve their business objectives and long-term vision. Since inception, RedBird has invested in over 30 platform companies and 80 add on acquisitions with total enterprise value exceeding $30 billion.

Prior to founding RedBird, Gerry spent 20 years at Goldman Sachs, serving as 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.
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Gerry’s Newsfeed

AC Milan’s new owners bet they can top miracle season

Gerry Cardinale sees continued success ahead for AC Milan, Redbird's recent acquisition. 

XFL
XFL announces exclusive multi-year broadcast agreement with the Walt Disney Company and ESPN

The XFL announced a new, global multi-year agreement with The Walt Disney Company and ESPN, which includes exclusive broadcast rights for all gameday content, tentpole events and more, for its upcoming 2023 season through 2027.

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Gerry’s Background

RedBird Capital Partners
Founder & Managing Partner
Jul 2013 - Present
New York, NY, USA
RedBird Capital Partners is a private investment firm focused on building high-growth companies alongside entrepreneurs in its four areas of domain expertise: sports, media, consumer and financial services. To date, RedBird manages over $6B of capital on behalf of a highly curated group of blue-chip global institutional and family office investors.
The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.
Partner
Aug 1992 - Dec 2012
New York, NY, USA
Goldman Sachs is a global financial services company that focuses on the areas of investment banking, investment management and securities.

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Current Board Positions

RedBall Acquisition Corp
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.
RedBird FC
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

Rhodes Trust
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.
Mount Sinai Health System
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.

Media

Fenway Sports Group Closes Deal with Redbird and Lebron James
Mar 2021
New York, NY, USA
The Fenway Sports Group announced Wednesday “a significant investment in the Group by RedBird Capital Partners,” who are joined in the venture by LeBron James and Maverick Carter. The investment by RedBird into FSG is based on an enterprise valuation for FSG of $7.35 billion. RedBird is headed by founder and managing partner Gerry Cardinale.
Sportico Live: Business Beyond the Game
Panel Discussion
Dec 2020
For this Sportico Live event, Alex Rodriguez and Gerry Cardinale have a discussion with Sportico's Scott Soshnick about ARod's attempt to buy the Mets and Gerry's advice to the next generation of young entrepreneurs.

Interviews

Are You Not Entertained?: Gerry Cardinale
Dec 2021
New York, NY, USA
Gerry Cardinale joins the Are You Not Entertained podcast to discuss Redbird's portfolio of global investments in sports, including those in professional sports leagues and sports content & technology, sports financing, and his view of where the sports world is heading in 2022.
Are You Not Entertained?: Gerry Cardinale
Jul 2020
New York, NY, USA
Gerry Cardinale of RedBird Capital shares his expertise as an elite athlete and a successful investor, and discusses sports franchise investment in a post-COVID world.

Awards & Endorsements

Inc.'s 2020 PE 50
Honoree
2020
New York, NY, USA
Redbird Capital Partners was named one of the 50 Best Private Equity Firms for Entrepreneurs in Inc. magazine's annual list. This list recognizes PE Firms that support founder-led companies as they grow and find their place in the marketplace.
The People Who Influenced Sports Business In 2020
Honoree
2020
Gerry Cardinale, Founder and Managing Partner of RedBird Capital Partners, was honored as the most influential businessperson in the Sponsors & Dealmakers category. SBJ highlighted Redbird's recent acquisition of the XFL with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Dany Garcia and the firm's 85% stake in French soccer club Toulouse FC.
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Speaking Engagements

Sportico Live
Featured Speaker
Aug 2020
Gerry Cardinale of RedBird Capital joined this Sportico online event to discuss NFL Valuations. The event was held in conjunction with the release of the Sportico's first NFL Valuations Report and featured some of the NFL’s most accomplished executives on the business of football.
2020 MIT Sloane Sports Analytics Conference
Panel Member
Boston, MA, USA
Gerry Cardinal, Saquon Barkley and other panelists discuss the passage of California’s Fair Pay to Play Act.
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Gerry’s Education

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

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