Glenn Dubin is an investor and philanthropist. He is the principal of Dubin & Co., a private investment company based in New York, and a founder of the Robin Hood Foundation, a philanthropic organization in New York that applies investment principles to charitable giving. He is a Board member of Mount Sinai Medical Center where he and his wife, Dr. Eva Andersson-Dubin, established the Dubin Breast Center, a leading institution for breast cancer research and clinical care. He is also a Board member and Executive Committee member of the Museum of Modern Art. In 2012, Mr. and Dr. Dubin signed The Giving Pledge, a commitment to giving away 50% of their wealth to charity within their lifetime.
Roots in the New York Community
Dubin was born to parents Harvey and Edith Dubin in the spring of 1957 and grew up in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, where he attended the local public school PS 132. His father, born in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, worked as a taxi driver and his mother, born in Austria, emigrated to America when she was 13 years old and was employed as a hospital administrator.
Dubin proudly became the first in his family to attend university, graduating in 1978 from Stony Brook University with a degree in economics. In 2012, Stony Brook University conferred Dubin with an honorary doctorate in recognition of his outstanding accomplishments and pioneering contributions to the field of finance.
Dubin is widely recognized as one of the pioneers of the hedge fund industry, having founded and led a number of highly successful fund management businesses. In 2013, Mary Callahan Erdoes, CEO of JP Morgan Asset Management, stated that “Few people have changed an industry and created as unique a culture and firm as Glenn has. He has made extraordinary contributions to the alternative asset management industry and many philanthropic causes. We are grateful for all he has done for the firm, our employees, and the industry.”
In 2012, Mr. Dubin, along with a prominent group of investors, acquired Castleton Commodities International LLC, a global merchant energy company active in the physical and financial commodity markets and infrastructure investing. The company ranks as one of the world’s leading independent energy merchants. Mr. Dubin is a member of the Board of Directors and the lead shareholder of the company.
In 2013, Mr. Dubin stepped down as Chairman and CEO of Highbridge to focus on Dubin & Co., a private investment company based in New York with investments in both private and publicly traded companies. Since 2020, Dubin has focused more of his time and attention on philanthropy as well as direct investments in early-stage biotechnology companies that address unmet medical needs. He is also active in venture and growth equity investments often providing advice and mentorship to company founders.
Co-Founding the Robin Hood Foundation
Dubin’s early introduction to philanthropy began in 1987 when he co-founded the Robin Hood Foundation alongside fellow financial industry peers Paul Tudor Jones and Peter Borish. Concerned about the growing economic disparity in New York City and the lack of public resources needed to address it, Jones enlisted Dubin and Borish to help him create a foundation that leveraged disciplined investment principles to sustainably fund the most impactful and scalable solutions to lift families out of poverty in New York City.
In 2006, Fortune magazine described the Robin Hood Foundation as “a paragon, forging a new model for philanthropy,” and stated that the organization is “a pioneer in what is now called venture philanthropy.” The article further indicates that “Robin Hood’s influence is extraordinary. […] In fact, nonprofits around the country study and borrow from Robin Hood’s programs.”
The Foundation has been a significant philanthropic force in New York City and across the country for over three decades and has distributed over $3 billion to organizations that address disparities in education, housing, food insecurity, health, and workforce development. In 2016, the organization ranked #79 on Forbes’ 100 Largest U.S. Charities list.
Establishing the Dubin Breast Center
In 2010, Dubin and his wife, Dr. Eva Andersson-Dubin, a breast cancer survivor, established the Dubin Breast Center, a leading institution for breast cancer research and clinical care within New York’s Mount Sinai Medical Center. The Dubin Breast Center focuses on providing cutting edge, personalized and holistic care to patients regardless of their socio-economic status.
Discussing the opening of the Dubin Breast Center, Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker, founder and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure noted “[w]e are especially pleased to see the center’s emphasis on patient needs from pre-screening through treatment and aftercare, including complementary therapies and research components. The Dubin Breast Center at The Mount Sinai Medical Center will undoubtedly be a beacon of hope for so many.”
Dubin has served on Mount Sinai’s board of trustees since 2004, and Dr. Dubin has served on Mount Sinai’s board of trustees since 2014.
Stony Brook University
During Dubin’s time as an undergraduate student at Stony Brook University, he was a dedicated member of the Varsity football team. Since graduating, Dubin has remained close to his alma mater and has spearheaded scholarship and athletic facilities projects aimed at improving the quality of the student athlete experience on campus.
In 2005, Dubin funded the Glenn Dubin Endowed Scholarship Fund at Stony Brook, which offers scholarships to students from the economically disadvantaged Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City where Dubin grew up.
In 2010 and then again 2015, the Dubin family made generous donations to Stony Brook. The family’s gifts went towards the creation of the Dubin Family Athletic Performance Center and the Indoor Training Facility, revitalizing the institution’s aging sports facilities. In 2016, Stony Brook honored the Dubin family’s decade of generosity and championing of the university, stating that the family’s “gifts over the past 10 years have had a transformative impact on student-athletes.”
In 2010, Dubin established the Dubin Fellowship for Emerging Leaders at the Center for Public Leadership, an academic research center at the Harvard Kennedy School. Over the last decade, the fellowship has provided tuition for up to ten students each year. Dubin also served on the Kennedy School’s Dean’s Executive Committee. In addition, the Dubins have supported undergraduate scholarship and student life initiatives at Harvard College.
Dubin has served as a member of the board of trustees of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York for over a decade. Since becoming a trustee, the Dubin family has gifted numerous key pieces of art to the museum’s permanent collection, and the Dubins were honored by the Museum for their commitment to the arts in 2017.
The Giving Pledge
On April 19, 2012, Dubin and his wife Eva signed The Giving Pledge, a commitment to giving away 50% of their wealth to charity within their lifetime. At the time of the announcement, Dubin stated: “Philanthropy is my way of giving thanks for the opportunities I have had and my personal attempt to perpetuate the American dream. I started my career with nothing but opportunity. Thirty years later, I’m in a position where I can give back to society to try to improve lives and ensure that others have the same opportunities that I did. Here, we have a cycle of giving that helps to position the less advantaged to earn their own success – and then hopefully give back as well.”