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In 2016, Ridgeview was created to be a partnership of sophisticated, like-minded individuals and institutions who seek superior performance through empirically driven techniques. We care about minimizing costs, taxes and risks in order to unlock the incredible power of compounding over time.  Ridgeview utilizes leading and efficient technology platforms and works with clients throughout the world, with offices on both US coasts.

The dedicated Ridgeview team leverages several decades of combined experience. Ridgeview creates compelling investment programs designed specifically for their clients. We invest across a broad spectrum of asset classes, focusing on finding efficient, liquid, and value-oriented investments for core portfolios. Through our broad network of industry contacts, the Ridgeview team also creates access to unique, opportunistic, and uncorrelated direct investment opportunities that augment core client portfolios where appropriate.

Our Management Team

Michael W. Robinson

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, CO-FOUNDER

Michael has 22 years of investing experience, including work in the hedge fund, mutual fund and private equity industries. Prior to co-founding Ridgeview, Michael served as vice president at General American Investors, a $1.3 billion public fund. At General American, Michael managed a significant portion of the firm’s investments in public debt and equity securities across a wide range of geographies and industry sectors. Previously he was senior equity analyst at TriSun Asset Management, a long/short public equity hedge fund. At TriSun, Michael led the firm’s efforts in the telecommunications, media and technology space which grew significantly. Prior to TriSun, Michael was a partner at Telegraph Hill Communication Partners, a private equity partnership focused on media, telecommunication and technology investments. Michael started his career at JP Morgan in investment banking focused on the technology sector. He rose to be a Vice President in JP Morgan Capital, JP Morgan’s private equity arm, where he worked with John on worldwide telecommunication, media and technology investments. Michael has been a member of six boards of directors. He currently serves on the Executive Board of No Labels.

Michael graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Trinity College with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a minor in Mathematics.

John W. Watkins

EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN, CO-FOUNDER

John brings 29 years of investing experience to Ridgeview. Prior to founding Ridgeview, John served as Managing General Partner at MC Partners, a private equity firm focused on communications investments. While John has been at MC, the firm has achieved top quartile returns. Beginning in January of 2018, John will transition to the role of Senior Adviser to MC Partners. Prior to MC Partners, John founded Telegraph Hill Communications Partners. John started his private equity career at JP Morgan where he achieved the position of Managing Director and ultimately ran the firm’s worldwide private equity investing activity in telecommunications, media and technology. Representative investments include Qualcomm, FrontierVision, Triton PCS and Triton Cellular, Accent Health and Legendary Pictures. John has served on over 20 boards of directors.

John has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Northwestern University and a Master of Business Administration from the Amos Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College.

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