Gerry Cardinale

Founder and Managing Partner

Gerry Cardinale is the Founder and Managing Partner of RedBird Capital Partners, an investment firm focused on building high growth companies with flexible, long-term capital in partnership with entrepreneurs and families.

Since its launch in 2014, RedBird has led over $3.1 billion in equity and co-investments across 20 portfolio companies in its four key industry verticals: Sports, Leisure & Hospitality; Communications; Business & Financial Services; and Energy & Industrial Services.  The firm’s investment mandate is predicated on a highly entrepreneurial, company-building mentality, with an emphasis on capital appreciation and compounding equity returns over longer holding periods.

Prior to founding RedBird, Gerry spent 20 years at Goldman Sachs where he was a Partner of the firm and a senior leader of the Merchant Bank's private equity investing business, which managed over $100 billion of private capital across equity, debt, real estate and infrastructure investment strategies.

During his tenure, Gerry worked with entrepreneurs and family business owners to build several successful multi-billion-dollar platform companies, including the Yankees Entertainment & Sports ("YES") Network, the #1 Regional Sports Network in the United States; Legends Hospitality, a premium ticketing, concessions and merchandising services company which was created in partnership with the New York Yankees and Dallas Cowboys; and Suddenlink Communications, which was the 7th largest American cable company at the time it was acquired by Altice USA.

Gerry currently sits on several boards across the RedBird investment portfolio. In Sports, Gerry sits on the boards of the YES Network, which RedBird recently re-acquired; Yankee Global Enterprises (“YGE”), the corporate holding company of the New York Yankees and its affiliated businesses; and OneTeam Partners, a partnership with the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) and MLB Players Association (MLBPA) dedicated to helping athletes maximize the value of their name, image and likeness rights.

Philanthropically, Gerry is a Trustee of the Mount Sinai Health System in New York City and leads one of the multi-state Selection Committees that awards Rhodes Scholarships each year.  Gerry received an Honors A.B. from Harvard University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and an M.Phil in Politics and Political Theory from Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar.