Ole Andreas Halvorsen (born 1961) is a Norwegian-born investor, hedge fund manager, and philanthropist. He is the CEO and a co-founder of the Connecticut-based hedge fund, Viking Global Investors. Viking had $16.7 billion under management as of April 2012. Halvorsen has consistently ranked among the top earning hedge fund managers, placing 11th in Forbes’ 2012 rankings and 9th in 2015, according to Institutional Investor’s Alpha.
Halvorsen is a protégé of hedge fund manager Julian Robertson.
Early life and education
Halvorsen was born in Norway in 1961. He graduated from the Norwegian Naval Academy and then served as a leader of a Norwegian SEAL team.
Halvorsen attended Williams College, where he was a member of the ski team, and graduated in 1986 with a degree in economics. He went on to receive his MBA from the Stanford University School of Business in 1990. At Stanford, he was decorated with the Alexander A. Robichek Award and was decorated as an Arjay Miller Scholar. Halvorsen is now on Williams’ Board of Trustees.
Halvorsen worked in the investment banking division of Morgan Stanley after finishing his studies. Then he moved to Tiger Management Corp, where he was a senior managing director, as well as an analyst and director of equities, and a member of the management committee. He sat on Tiger’s advisory board, and on the supervisory board of the firm’s largest fund, Jaguar Fund N.V..
In 1999, Halvorsen left Tiger to co-found Viking Global Investors, an investment firm managing in excess of $30 billion capital, of which he is currently the CEO, alongside David Ott and Brian Olson. Halvorsen, Ott, and Olson are part of the group known as “Tiger Cubs,” former employees of Julian Robertson’s Tiger Management Corporation now working as hedge fund managers on their own. Viking Global’s main operations cover public equity and hedge funds on the international market.