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Sohn Conference Foundation

New York 2016 conference review

The Sohn Conference Foundation (‘Sohn’) turned 21 this year and it embodies the ethos that is the guiding star for many of the world’s leading hedge fund managers: combining successful investing with philanthropy. Since 1995 Sohn has raised over $70 million to fund research, technology, treatment and care around pediatric cancer and other childhood diseases, in memory of Ira Sohn who passed away from cancer aged 29. Companies and individuals wishing to support the foundation can do so through corporate sponsorship, becoming a Sohn Partner, or taking the Sohn Pledge Program. Donations of goods and services benefiting patients can also be made in kind. Most donors, which include leading hedge fund managers, service providers, professional associations, trade bodies, and individuals, are named, but a few choose to remain anonymous. Some of the top hedge fund managers start investing at university or even as teenagers at school, and anyone, including undergraduate students, can also participate through the Sohn Idea Contest.

More detail and case studies of those helped by Sohn are available on the website; here we want to touch on some of the investment ideas discussed at the New York event held in May 2016, which kicks off the 2016 season as the first of seven Sohn conferences being held this year. Later on Sohn events take place in Hong Kong and India in June; San Francisco, Canada and Tel Aviv in October, and London in December. Funds raised at each event are devoted to local projects in each country.

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