Julian H. Robertson Jr. (born June 25, 1932) is an American former hedge fund manager. Now retired, Robertson invests directly in other hedge funds, most run by former employees of Robertson’s defunct hedge fund company. Earlier in his life, he served as an officer in the U.S. Navy until 1957. After leaving the Navy, Robertson moved to New York City and worked for a time as a stockbroker for Kidder, Peabody & Co. At Kidder, he eventually headed up the firm’s asset management division (Webster Securities) before departing to move with his family to New Zealand for a year to write a novel. On his return, in 1980 Robertson launched the investment firm Tiger Management Corp., one of the earliest hedge funds, with initial investments from friends and family.