Richard Hurowitz is an investor and the publisher of The Octavian Report, a quarterly magazine of ideas which covers foreign policy, finance, politics, culture and the arts. He is the chief executive officer of Octavian Media LLC and of Octavian Group Holdings LLC. Previously, he was the founder and chief investment officer of Octavian Advisors, an international special situations and distressed investment fund which managed approximately $1.4 billion and which was sold to TPG, the private equity firm, in 2013. The fund was named one of the top large global hedge funds by Bloomberg and successfully invested in over fifty countries on five continents. Prior to founding Octavian, Richard was a partner at Halcyon Asset Management, a multi-billion dollar hedge fund. He previously served as a member of the board of directors of EI Towers SpA, the Italian towers company, and of Head NV, the Austrian sporting goods business.
Richard serves on the governing board of the Yale University Art Gallery and is a member of the Bretton Woods Committee and of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the co-founder and president of the Renew Democracy Initiative, an organization dedicated to defending liberal democracy. His writing has appeared on the opinion pages of the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Times of London, the Los Angeles Times, the Daily Beast, USA Today, CNBC, the Weekly Standard, History Today and the Jerusalem Post. He received his BA in history from Yale University, graduating in three years, magna cum laude and with distinction and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Alpha Theta. He earned a JD from Columbia University School of Law, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and the editor-in-chief of the Columbia/VLA Journal of Law & the Arts.