Nicolas Berggruen is the Chairman of Berggruen Holdings, a private company, which is the direct investment vehicle of The Nicolas Berggruen Charitable Foundation. He is also the Chairman of the Berggruen Institute on Governance. Berggruen Holdings has operations, real estate and financial investments worldwide. The firm and related entities have made over 100 direct investments during the last 20 years by committing entirely its own capital across diverse industries, both public and private and focusing on building long-term value. Through the Berggruen Institute on Governance, an independent, nonpartisan think tank, he encourages the study and design of systems of good governance. Mr. Berggruen is a founder of NBI’s 21st Century Council; a member of the Think Long Committee for California; among others.
Committed to leaving a legacy of art and architecture, he sits on the boards of the Museum Berggruen, Berlin, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and is a member of the International Councils for the Tate Museum, London, the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and Fondation Beyeler, Basel.
Born in Paris, attended Le Rosey in Switzerland, before obtaining a BS in Finance and International Business from New York University in 1981. He co-founded the Alpha Group, a hedge fund operation, which was sold to Safra Bank in 2004. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Grupo Prisa (Spain).