Yanni Hufnagel

Yanni HufnagelYanni Hufnagel is an American entrepreneur, former college basketball coach, and sports agent. He is best known as the founder, former Executive Director, and current Managing Partner of Highbridge Capital Management.

Hufnagel was born and raised in Queens, New York, where he attended Public School 149 while playing basketball at nearby Long Island Hebrew Academy. Hufnagel went on to Columbia College at Columbia University, where he studied medieval history and English literature while playing on their basketball team before graduating with a degree in English literature in 1978.

After graduating from Columbia, Hufnagel joined the staff at a New York investment firm. He spent four years as an analyst covering publicly traded corporations before leaving the firm to pursue a career in finance. He joined Smith & Kline, PLC in 1982, where he worked as an analyst for five years. He left Smith & Kline in 1987 to join Morgan Stanley and became a managing director of its asset management division in 1990.

Yanni Hufnagel founded Highbridge Capital Management in New York with former Morgan Stanley managing director Scott Patricof and former Harvard Business School professor Arthur Zales. Highbridge is a growth-oriented hedge fund that has averaged more than 20% annual returns since its inception.

In January 2013, Hufnagel joined the Board of Directors at The Williams Companies, Inc. (NYSE: WMB). He was named Vice Chair of the Compensation Committee and a Governance and Nominating committee member.Hufnagel has been involved in many charity organizations. He is the treasurer of New York Road Runners. This charity organization raised money for running and marathon training and co-founded the New Brooklyn Athletic Club. An athletic club focused on young athletes in underserved areas of New York City.

Hufnagel is a succesful sports agent. He has brokered business deals with professional athletes, including All-Star pitcher Cliff Lee and New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.