2011 Milken Institute Summit
Chief Investment Officer, UBS Wealth Management AG
Alexander Friedman is the chief investment officer of UBS Wealth Management AG, overseeing investment policy and strategy for approximately USD$900 billion in assets, one of the world's largest capital pools. He is the former chief financial officer of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which he joined after Warren Buffett's historic gift in 2006. During his tenure, the foundation more than doubled in size. Friedman also managed a private investment vehicle, Asymmetry; served as a senior advisor to international investment bank Lazard; and was senior advisor to the board of Actis, a global private equity firm. He is the chairman of SBI Inc., a private maritime company, as well as a trustee of the Seattle Art Museum, the Access Fund and Social Finance. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Friedman served as a White House Fellow in the Clinton administration. He holds a J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and received an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and a B.A. from Princeton.