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
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
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.
Tiger Party: Griffin, Coleman to host 80th birthday bash
for Julian Robertson