founder and chief investment officer, LongTail Alpha
Vineer Bhansali is founder and chief investment officer of LongTail Alpha. Vineer’s 28-year investment career started at Citibank, where he founded and managed the exotic and hybrid options trading desk. He later joined Salomon Brothers in its fixed income arbitrage group, followed by the CSFB proprietary trading group. Vineer was at PIMCO for 16 years, serving the last eight years as head of the quantitative portfolios team, which he founded in 2008. Vineer also managed all of PIMCO’s analytics from 2000 to 2010. He has written four books on finance and authored over 25 refereed papers on topics as varied as option pricing, fixed income, tail hedging, asset allocation and economics in leading journals that include the Journal of Finance, Financial Analysts’ Journal, Journal of Portfolio Management, and Journal of Risk. He has received numerous awards, including the Graham and Dodd Scroll Award and TIME magazine’s college achievement award. Vineer received his doctorate in theoretical physics from Harvard University in 1992 and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1987. Vineer is an ultra-marathon runner and has finished the Western States Endurance Run numerous times, including earning the silver buckle in 2014. He has over 2000 hours of flight time in all types of aircraft, including jets and helicopters, and holds the Airline Transport Pilot Rating. He has served on the Investment Committee of the American Physical Society, and currently serves on the Investment Committee of the Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies.