Chase Coleman was born with silver spoon in mouth, but still managed to outperform the loftiest expectations. His father is a partner at one of New York’s top law firms, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. His mother owns an interior design business. He is a descendant of, among others, Peter Stuyvesant and Joan Payson. He worked as a tech analyst for Julian Robertson, a hedge fund manager so legendary that legendary hedge fund managers speak of him with awe. When Mr. Robertson closed Tiger Management in 2000 (partly because investors pulled out after he missed the tech boom his analyst was probably telling him about), he gave Mr. Coleman $25 million to start his own hedge fund. Oh, and it’s worth pointing out that Mr. Coleman was then just 25 years old.
Mr. Coleman’s Tiger Global has more than $6 billion under management. Forbes put his personal net worth at $1.5 billion in September 2012. Two things tell us that Mr. Coleman is still just getting started. First, he is starting to kick up his philanthropic efforts. Second, he’s kept an almost mystically low profile. Mr. Coleman should be an easy target—easy to admire in good times, and easy to roast when the mob is looking for some one-percenters to hate. Yet The Observer’s archives are almost entirely bare regarding his activities. That changes now.