Phil Cooper

Senior Lecturer, Finance

Phil Cooper

Phil Cooper is a Senior Lecturer in Finance at the MIT Sloan School of Management where he teaches a graduate course on private equity and hedge funds.

Phil has 30 years of experience in private equity as an entrepreneur, principal investor, fund investor, and secondary investor.  He is experienced in quantitative money management with a particular focus on risk control.

He currently serve on boards and investment committees, and as a special general partner of private equity funds.  He also advises investment firms and fiduciary Investors on alternative investments.  He is the co-holder of several US Patents in investment technology.  He is a WAVE private equity fund special advisor. 

Phil conceived, founded, and led the Goldman Sachs Private Equity Group to over $11 billion in assets and international prominence.  He designed innovative risk control methods for private equity and secondary investing.  While at Goldman Sachs, Phil served on the Goldman Sachs Asset Management Risk Committee, Operating Committee, and Goldman Sachs Technology Committee. He retired as a Goldman Sachs Partner in 2004. 

His career has also included consumer product marketing.  He is the founder of multiple successful high tech companies, and has co-founded several new IT/healthcare companies.  Phil is the former vice chairman of the Forsythe Medical Institute.

He is the president of Cambridge Concentus Orchestra, a board member of Boston Baroque Orchestra, a member of the Children's Hospital Endowment Investment Committee, a private equity advisor for Athena Capital, and an investor and special advisor to the Gradiant Corporation.  He is an angel investor in several companies.

Phil received his BS from Syracuse University and an MS in Management from MIT where he was a Sloan Fellow. 

For more background on this faculty member's research and academic initiatives, please visit the MIT Sloan faculty directory.

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Tel: (781) 257-0600

Fax: (617) 258-6855


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