Bill Spitz was the longtime head of Vanderbilt University’s endowment before retiring, for the first time, in 2007. He has received numerous lifetime achievement awards for his work and is one of the legends in the business. After failing in his retirement, he joined Diversified Trust Company, a wealth manager with $6.5 billion of assets under management that he co-founded back in 1994.
Our conversation discusses managing an endowment in the early years, implementing unconventional investments, creating an edge as an allocator, selecting managers and conducting due diligence, exiting managers, challenging current landscape, and working with families.
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