David Segel, ’86 B.A.

David Segel is an American businessman, currently residing in Pacific Palisades, CA with his wife and three children. He is an active investor in financial services and media assets. He has a history of entrepreneurial business activity and a commitment to philanthropy and culture reform.  He graduated from Yale in 1986 with a B.A. in physics and philosophy.  He is a committed Christian and has been an active member of the Church of England. By training, Segel is an options market maker and open outcry trader.  He traded as a member of the Coffee Sugar Cocoa Exchange, the Pacific Stock Exchange, the CBOE, LIFFE, and Eurex Exchanges during his trading career. In 1999 he launched a London-based derivatives trading firm, the Mako Groupwhich has become one of Europe’s leaders in options market-making. In 2007 Segel and his peers at Mako partnered with Bruno Usai to set up The Pelagus Fund, a fixed income relative value hedge fund. The Pelagus Fund was awarded the European Fixed Income Hedge Fund of the Year by EuroHedge in 2008 and 2009. He currently operates SGL as a family office to serve the various investments of the Segel’s portfolio.