Dirk Ziff, Billionaire Investor

Dirk Ziff is the eldest son of William Ziff Jr. a publishing magnate behind the Ziff Davis media empire, comprising of PC magazine and Car & driver. Dirk has an estimated net worth of $4.4 billion.

Together with his billionaire brothers Daniel and Robert, they inherited an incredible fortune from their father in 1994. They now run a New York investment company known as Ziff Brothers Investments, which serves as the major source of their family’s fortune.

The Ziff family mostly invests in equities, real estate, debts, commodities, hedge funds and private equity. Their investments started by providing seed money to fellow billionaire fund manager Daniel Och.  

This was in exchange for a 10% stake in his Och-Ziff capital management. In January 2012, reports indicated that ZBI cashed out its investment in billionaire Edward Lampert’s ESL investments. Following this, Lampert purchased a $130 million sears stock from the fund.

Dirk Ziff has a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Arts / Science from Columbia University. Dirk’s wife is a former Forbes reporter, with whom he has two children.

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