Marc Mayer, Private Investor
Marc Mayer is a partner and the chief executive officer of GMO LLC and a member of the GMO board. GMO is a $100-billion-plus assets investment manager for pension plans, endowments, and foundations globally. He joined GMO in 2009 after 20 years at AllianceBernstein L.P. and its predecessor firm, Sanford C. Bernstein and Co., Inc. He was a member of the Bernstein board of directors. Beginning as an analyst, Mayer went on to be a research director, head of the institutional research business, head of institutional investments, head of retail investments, president and a director of the mutual funds, and chief investment officer of asset allocation. Following a highly enjoyable but financially disastrous stint as a concert and record producer, he went to business school and got corporate, joining the pharmaceutical company Squibb Corporation (now Bristol-Myers Squibb), where he spent six years in strategic planning and marketing. Mayer serves on the board of overseers for Columbia Business School. He is a trustee and chair of the finance committee of the board of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, for more than 35 years a world-famous, uniquely democratic, conductorless orchestra. Mayer is a trustee and chair of the investment committee of Saint Ann's School in Brooklyn Heights. He also serves on the board of FACES (Finding a Cure for Epilepsy and Seizures) at NYU Medical Center and is on the board of regents of the American Friends of Hebrew University and serves on their New York regional board. Mayer is a member of the Commercial Club of Boston. He has a B.A. in philosophy from Yale and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School. He lives with his wife, Meera, and three children in New York and Boston. His more than 20,000 CDs, vinyl LPs, shellac 78s, and Edison cylinders (primarly jazz, classical, blues, R&B, and world music) take up a lot of space.