Edward Solomon Misrahi, an Italian national, was born in Spain on 26 December 1969, the son of Henri and Astrid Misrahi. His father was a businessman in Madrid where his mother was national president of the Women’s International Zionist Organization (WIZO). Misrahi studied economics at Princeton University in the United States and after graduating joined the investment bank Goldman Sachs in New York. He worked at the bank for 13 years, first as an associate in equities arbitrage and later as a Latin America expert and head of proprietary trading.
During his time at Goldman Sachs, Misrahi donated several thousand pounds to various US politicians and candidates including Republicans George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and John McCain and several Democrat candidates. More recently his wife donated a total of $6,900 to John McCain and Sarah Palin’s 2008 electoral campaigns.
Misrahi left Goldman Sachs to join the multi-billion dollar hedge fund Eton Park, which was founded in 2004 by former Goldman Sachs partner Eric Mindich. Misrahi became a Senior Managing Director at the firm where he headed the Europe and emerging markets team. In 2012 he left Eton Park with several members of his team. Since 2009 he has been an investor in the private equity fund Synova Capital, in which BICOM chair Poju Zabludowicz is the major investor. He joined the board of BICOM in September 2011 and at the end of 2012 was vice chair and chairman of the ‘We Believe in Israel’ initiative.
Misrahi is involved in various other charities and not-for-profit organisations. In July 2011, he was appointed co-chairman of the Board of Governors of Immanuel College, a private Jewish school in Hertfordshire originally funded by the right-wing Zionist philanthropists Stanley Kalms and Gerald Ronson. With his wife Janet he has hosted fundraising dinners for the Women’s International Zionist Organisation (WIZO). They have also donated to the Centre for Jewish Life, OneFamily, an Israeli organisation that supports victims of political violence, as well as supporting several other charities such as the Old Vic theatre and the International Rescue Committee.
Misrahi lives with his wife Joyce and their three sons. They have a home in St John’s Wood, North London, as well as homes in Manhattan and the Hamptons in the US.
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- Lawrence Delevingne, ‘Eton Park Pulls Back on Emerging Markets’, Alpha, June 2012.
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- Jewish Leadership Council, Conflict with Hamas: Communal Leaders Express Solidarity with Israel, 15 November 2012.
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