Portfolio Managers

Ron Baron

CEO, CIO, Portfolio Manager, Trustee

Ron founded Baron Capital in 1982 and has 44 years of research experience. From 1970 to 1982, Ron worked for several brokerage firms as an institutional securities analyst. From 1966 to 1969, Ron worked at the U.S. Patent Office as a patent examiner, while attending George Washington University Law School. From 1965 to 1966, Ron worked at Georgetown University as a teaching fellow in biochemistry. Ron graduated from Bucknell University with a B.A. in Chemistry in 1965.

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Cliff  Greenberg
Managed Funds

Cliff Greenberg

Senior Vice President, Director of Research, Portfolio Manager, J.D.

Cliff joined Baron in 1997 as a portfolio manager and has 30 years of research experience. From 1984 to 1996, Cliff worked at HPB Associates, as a securities analyst, fund manager and was named general partner in 1991. Cliff graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. in 1981 and from Columbia Law School with a J.D. in 1984.

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Andrew  Peck
Managed Funds

Andrew Peck

Senior Vice President, Portfolio Manager, M.B.A., J.D.

Andrew joined Baron in 1998 as a research analyst and was named portfolio manager in 2003. He has 18 years of research experience. From 1992 to 1994, Andrew worked at Salomon Brothers as an analyst in the Equity Capital Markets group. Andrew graduated magna cum laude from Yale College with a B.A. in History in 1991 and from Stanford Law School and Graduate School of Business with a J.D. and M.B.A. in 1998.

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Michael  Lippert
Managed Funds

Michael Lippert

Vice President, Portfolio Manager, CFA, J.D.

Michael joined Baron in 2001 as a research analyst and was named portfolio manager in 2006. He has 13 years of research experience. In 2001, Michael worked at JLF Asset Management as a financial analyst and general counsel. From 1991 to 2001, Michael worked at Baker & Botts L.L.P. as a trial partner. Michael graduated summa cum laude from Tufts University with a B.A. in History in 1988 and from Columbia Law School with a J.D. in 1991.

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Jeffrey  Kolitch
Managed Funds

Jeffrey Kolitch

Vice President, Portfolio Manager, M.B.A.

Jeffrey has been portfolio manager of the Baron Real Estate Fund since its inception in December 2009, and has 22 years of research experience. He joined the firm in 2005 as a research analyst specializing in real estate. Previously, Jeffrey was with Goldman Sachs & Co. from 1995 to 2005, where in 2002 he was named a managing director of its Equity Capital Markets group. Jeffrey graduated from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Economics in 1990, and from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University with a Masters of Management in 1995.
 

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Michael Kass

Vice President, Portfolio Manager

Michael joined Baron in 2007 as a portfolio manager and has 27 years of research experience. From 2003 to 2007, Michael was a managing principal of Artemis Advisors, LLC, which he formed to acquire the Artemis Funds, a long-short equity strategy he co-founded in 1998. From 1993 to 2003, Michael worked at ING Furman Selz as a director of proprietary trading and was named senior managing director and portfolio manager in 1996. From 1989 to 1993, he worked at Lazard Frères as an associate in investment banking. From 1987 to 1989, Michael worked at Bear Stearns & Co. as a corporate finance analyst. Michael graduated summa cum laude from Tulane University with a B.A. in Economics in 1987.

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James H. Stone

Vice President, Portfolio Manager

Jamie joined Baron in 2009 as a research analyst and was named portfolio manager in 2011. He has 26 years of research experience. From 2007 to 2009, Jamie worked at Cambridge Investments as a principal and director of research. From 2000 to 2007, Jamie worked at UBS Securities as a managing director and senior analyst. From 1993 to 2000, Jamie worked at Schroder & Co. as a senior research analyst and was named managing director in 1998. From 1988 to 1993, Jamie worked at Kidder, Peabody & Co. as a senior research analyst. Jamie graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in English Literature in 1987.

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Alex Umansky

Vice President, Portfolio Manager

Alex joined Baron in 2011 as a portfolio manager having 21 years of investment experience. From 2007 to 2011, he was a co-manager of the Morgan Stanley Opportunity Fund, while also co-managing the Global Opportunity Fund from 2008 to 2011, the International Opportunity Fund and the International Advantage Fund from 2010 to 2011. From 1998 to 2004, Alex was lead manager of the Morgan Stanley Institutional Technology Strategy and the Technology Fund. He was also the co-manager of the Information Fund from 2004 to 2005 and the Small Company Growth Fund from 1999 to 2002. Alex graduated from New York University with a B.S. in Finance, Information Systems and Mathematics in 1993.

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Laird  Bieger
Managed Funds

Laird Bieger

Vice President, Portfolio Manager, M.B.A.

Laird joined Baron in 2000 as a research analyst and was named portfolio manager in 2013. He has 17 years of research experience. From 1999 to 2000, Laird worked at Water Street Capital as a research analyst.  From 1992 to 1997, Laird worked at Ford Motor Company as a marketing trainee and was named marketing manager in 1994. Laird graduated from Vanderbilt University with a B.A. in Economics in 1992 and from Columbia Business School with an M.B.A. in 1999.

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Randolph  Gwirtzman
Managed Funds

Randolph Gwirtzman

Vice President, Portfolio Manager, CFA, M.B.A., J.D.

Randy joined Baron in 2002 as a research analyst and was named portfolio manager in 2013. He has 17 years of research experience. From 1997 to 2002, Randy was a research analyst at three firms; first at Tyndall Partners, then Goldman Sachs Asset Management and finally at ING Furman Selz.From 1992 to 1997, Randy worked at Salomon Green & Ostrow as a bankruptcy litigation attorney. Randy graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Economics in 1989, cum laude from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law with a J.D. in 1992 and from Columbia Business School with an M.B.A. in 1999.

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