Leon Cooperman is the Chairman and CEO of Omega Advisors, Inc., a registered investment advisor with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Cooperman is the son of immigrants from Poland and was the first in his family to earn a degree. Cooper graduated from Hunter College in New York, New York and would go on to receive his MBA from Columbia Business School in 1967. During his time between graduating from Hunter College and attending Columbia University, Cooperman worked for Xerox as a quality control engineer.
Following graduation from Columbia Business School, Cooperman spent 22 years with Goldman Sachs in the Investment Research Department. During his time in this department, Leon held titles of Partner in Charge, Co-Chairman of the Investment Policy Committee and Chairman of the Stock Selection Committee. By 1989 Leon Cooperman became Chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs Asset Management. At the end of 1991, Leon retired from Goldman Sachs in order to start his own private investment group, Omega Advisors, Inc.
In April of 2014, the Leon and Toby Cooperman Family Foundation pledged $25 million to the Saint Barnabas Medical Center for the construction of the new 200,000 Cooperman Family Pavilion. Joining the likes of Mark Zuckerberg, Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, Leon Cooperman too has signed the Giving Pledge vowing to give majority of his net worth to charity during his lifetime or upon his death. Cooperman, a graduate of Columbia Business School, has a long history of donating to the school. Some of his contributions include:
- Established the Leon Cooperman Scholarship to support financial students for students in need (2000)
- Created the Cooperman Scholarship Challenge creating over 40 need based scholarships (2007)
- Donating $25 million to help the school expand its campus (2011)