Julian Robertson's continued influence in financial and political circles was on full display Saturday night in New York City as about 200 people including Mayor Michael Bloomberg, author Tom Wolfe, and financier Wilbur Ross celebrated the founder of Tiger Management's 80th birthday.
|| Julian Robertson (Photo: Martin Adolfsson)|
The evening of dinner and dancing under a tent at Lincoln Center was co-hosted by Tiger Global Management's Chase Coleman, Blue Ridge Capital's John Griffin, Robertson's three sons, and their respective spouses. Other so-called Tiger cubs in attendance included Chris Shumway of now-closed Shumway Capital Partners, Lee Ainslee of Maverick Capital, and Andreas Halvorsen of Viking Global.
According to attendees, the evening featured a video tribute to Robertson that included a message from presidential candidate Mitt Romney thanking him for his support. Robertson has been a donor to Romney's campaign and once asked him to be chief executive of Tiger (he declined).
The video tribute, set to the Beatles song With A Little Help From My Friends, also poked fun Robertson's poor driving and mechanical skills; Griffin and Coleman also spoke about their old mentor, as did sons Alex, Spencer and Jay.
A beaming Robertson also spoke. He thanked everyone, especially his Tiger family, and recalled meeting Coleman and Griffin in their youth (Coleman was friends with son Spencer at a young age in New York; Griffin was a Morgan Stanley intern who was sent in to speak with Robertson when a senior bank executive couldn't make the meeting). He also said he was ready for the next 80 years.
Food included caviar and creme fraiche canapes as appetizers and barbecue pulled pork from Salisbury, North Carolina, Robertson's home town.
An orchestra of about 20 musicians played a range of songs from various decades, including hits by James Brown, Ceelo Green and Sly and the Family Stone. Robertson, wearing a sparkling black and silver jacket, "danced with all the girls," according to a participant and "was the life of the party."
Bloomberg mingled with guests like Wolfe, but did not give a speech. Others at the party included financiers Ken Langone and Richard Jenrette, plus a host of other Tiger Cubs and seed funds.
The University of North Carolina drum corps also was flown in to perform the school's fight song and other pieces during the hors d'oeuvre hour. Robertson graduated from Chapel Hill in 1955 and scholarships are given in his name each year at UNC and Duke University.
"It was a memorable night and fitting for Julian--he had a great time," said one attendee who asked to remain anonymous. Added another: "It was just spectacular...a once in a lifetime night for a great gentleman."
A spokesman for Robertson declined to comment.
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