Viex Capital Advisors
Eric Singer, 42, has loved investing since his early teens.
Singer got interested in the stock market when he started
reading business publications, at about the time of his bar
mitzvah. He grew up in New York, where his father taught
economic history and his mother was a special-education
teacher, and majored in history at Brandeis University near
Boston. For Singer, history provided valuable tools for
learning how to think about businesses and event outcomes.
Outside of class he kept up with investing, discussing stocks
and business with a close circle of like-minded friends. The
group was further inspired by the fever of technology-focused
entrepreneurship evident in Bostons Route 128 area.
After graduation in 1995, Singer landed a job with Jonathan
Steinberg at WisdomTree Asset Management in New York. Son of
legendary corporate raider Saul Steinberg and husband of
financial TV personality Maria Bartiromo, Steinberg now heads
WisdomTree Investments, a $50 billion exchange-traded funds
business. But in the late 1990s, he was doing more hedge fund
investing. Working for Steinberg, Singer honed his skills as a
stock picker. He gravitated toward smaller publicly listed
companies, especially those in the tech sector and newer
businesses without complex liabilities.
In 2014, Singer launched VIEX Capital Advisors, where he
employs much the same strategy that he began to develop at
WisdomTree. New Yorkbased VIEX manages about $150 million
Early in his investment career, Singer started taking board
seats at portfolio companies so he could better exert his
influence. Currently, hes a director of Numerex Corp., an
Internet solutions provider headquartered in Atlanta;
TigerLogic Corp., a Portland, Oregonbased software
developer focused on online engagement; New Yorkbased
digital advertising firm YuMe; and IEC Electronics Corp. of
Newark, New Jersey, a specialized electronics manufacturer. Key
to Singers strategy is getting companies to focus on
their strengths and maximize value for all shareholders through
operating improvements as well as strategic mergers and
2016 Hedge Fund Rising Stars: Ivy League Schools Pave the
Way for more.
Hedge Fund Rising Stars of 2016
Click below to view profiles