Pershing Square Challenge
The Pershing Square [Philanthropic] Challenge marks the culmination of a three-month competition among roughly forty teams of first- and second-year Columbia Business School Students.
Bill Ackman, founder and CEO of Pershing Square Capital Management LP, launched the challenge in 2008. The challenge is open to students who are enrolled in Applied Security Analysis.
After an initial round of eliminations, five final teams present at the Pershing Square Finals event, hosted by Bill Ackman. A panel of judges then selects the winning teams, which receive a financial prize from Pershing Square. In maintaining the original goal of educating students who are ready to take on leadership roles as value investors, students shall decide the amount of the prize that they wish to keep and the amount that they wish to donate to a charitable organization.
Pershing Square Challenge Archive
6th Annual Pershing Challenge (2013)
Date: April 24, 2013
Competitors: Joe Fleury '14; John Gallagher '13; Seth Kirner '14; Jeremy Colvin '14; Eric Lai '14; Akhil Subramanian '14; Richard Hunt '14*; Stephen Lieu '14*; Rahul Raymoulik '14*; Arjun Bhattacherjee '13; Rory Ellison '13; Colin Kennedy '13; Omar Elangbawy '13; Ranjan Ramchandani '13; Andrew Woodruff '13
Judges: William Ackman, Pershing Square Capital Management; AJ Agarwal, Blackstone Group; Craig Effron, Scoggin Capital Management; Michael Gerstner, MSD Capital; Paul Hilal, Pershing Square Capital Management; Philip Hilal, Kingdon Capital; Alex Klabin, Senator Investment Group LP; Dahlia Loeb, Kensai Asset Management, L.P.; Mick Mcguire, Marcato Capital Management; William (Billy) Rahm, Centerbridge; Whitney Tilson, Kase Capital
5th Annual Pershing Challenge (2012)
Date: April 25, 2012
Competitors: Anna Baghdasaryan '12*; Rohit Dhingra;12*; Michael Durand '12; David Hendrickson '13; Sean Morgan '12; Robert Fournier '12; Ian Holmes '12; Kartik Nehru '12; Jonathan Au '13; Arjun Bhattacherjee '13; Rory Ellison '13; Rod de Crayencour '13; Jake Lubel '13; Grant Smith '12
Judges: William Ackman, Pershing Square Capital Management; Anand Desai, Eton Park Capital Management; Craig Effron, Scoggin Capital Management; Mark Gallogly ’86, Centerbridge Partners; Greg Hall, Blackstone Alternative Asset Management; Phil Hilal, Kingdon Capital Management; Alex Klabin, Senator Investment Group LP; Craig Nerenberg, Brenner West Capital Partners; John Paulson, Paulson & Co. Inc.; Scott Pearl, Seneca Capital; Whitney Tilson, T2 Partners, LLC.
Video Recording: Part 1
Video Recording: Part 2
4th Annual Pershing Challenge (2011)
Date: April 8, 2011
Competitors: Peter Lawrence '11; Melissa O’Connor '12; Grant Smith '12; Allen Choi '11; Stanley Fourteau '12; Kyoo Lee '11; Cristiano Amoruso '12*; Rick Carew '12*; Matthew Robinson '11*; Robert Bergan '12; Joseph Jaspan '12; Adam Kramer '12; Anuj Aggarwal '12; Rahul Lulla '12; Josh Saltman '11
Judges: William Ackman, Pershing Square Capital Management; Paul Hilal ’92, Pershing Square Capital Management; Anand Desai, Eton Park; Daniel Shuchman, MSD Capital; Craig Nerenberg, Brenner West Capital Partners LP, David Berkowitz, Ziff Brothers Investments; Mick McGuire, Marcato Capital; Douglas Hirsch, Seneca Capital.
Video Recording: Part 1
Video Recording: Part 2
3rd Annual Pershing Square Challenge (2010)
Date: April 23, 2010
Competitors: Dennis Gorczyca ’11; Chris Hathorn ’11; Patrick Sullivan ’11; Karuna Chhabra ’10; Joseba Eceiza ’11 ; Saurabh Malpani ’11; Brandt Blimkie ’10; Todd Brunner ’11; D. Zachary Cogan ’11; Matthew Gordon ’10*; Garrett Jones ’11*; Michael Smeets ’11*; Jeremy Kogler ’11; Gordon McLaughlin ’11; David Yatzeck ’11.
Judges: William Ackman, Pershing Square Capital Management; Craig Effron, Scoggin Capital Management; David Einhorn, Greenlight Capital; Bruce Greenwald, Columbia Business School; John Griffin, Blue Ridge Capital; Paul Hilal ’92, Pershing Square Capital Management; Doug Hirsch, Seneca Capital; Dan Loeb, Third Point; Dahlia Loeb, Intrepid Capital; Craig Nerenberg, Brenner West Capital Partners LP.
2nd Annual Pershing Square Challenge (2009)
Date: April 3, 2009
Competitors: Tim Rupert ’09*; John Piermont ’10*; Grant Bowman ’10*; Christof Pfeiffer ’10; James Walsh ’10; Matt Gordon ’10; Renata Motta ’10; Carlos Medeiros ’10; Troy Scribner ’09; Duncan Welstead ’10; Meghan Baivier ’10; Ivan Andreev ’09; Eric DeLamarter ’10; Richard Tosi ’10.
Judges: William A. Ackman, Pershing Square Capital Management, LP; Craig Effron, Scoggin Capital Management; Bruce C.N. Greenwald, Columbia Business School; John A. Griffin, Blue Ridge Capital; Paul C. Hilal, Pershing Square Capital Management, L.P.; Douglas Hirsch, Seneca Capital; Dahlia M. Loeb, Reveille Capital Management, L.P.; Daniel Loeb, Third Point LLC.
1st Annual Pershing Square Challenge (2008)
Date: April 25, 2008
Competitors: Amy Chen '09, Vikas Jain '09, Adam Lindsay '09, Shilpa K. Marda '09*, Stephen Walker '09.
Judges: William Ackman, Pershing Square; Bruce Greenwald, Columbia Business School;
Paul Hilal, Pershing Square; Danilo Santiago, Rational Asset; Ken Shubin-Stein, Spencer Capital
*Winners of the Pershing Square Challenge
For more information about past Pershing Square Challenges, please contact the Heilbrunn Center.