Gerald T. Banks – Guerman Aliev

Founder & Managing Partner

Gerald Banks, or Guerman Aliev, is the founder and Managing Partner of investment management firms Altpoint Capital and Cipher Technologies, where he has been leading the strategy effort since 2009.

Previous roles include Managing Director of Structured Products at Merrill Lynch and then at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein in the same role. The former Ford Models chairman is also an early investor in successful startups, Zoom and Lyft.

Gerald’s professional focus has always been on big ideas, data-driven analysis, and robust execution. He believes that understanding comes from questioning the foundations of things, and he enjoys the mathematical rigour in analysing data.

Having realised his childhood dream of being a pilot, he is an expert aviator and has a penchant for the philosophy of science and Japanese culture.

Gerald moved from Russia to Tokyo in 1988 to pursue his studies in Japanese language and Economics. Having settled in London by the mid-nineties, he pursued his graduate studies, gaining a master’s in finance from London Business School. He then went on to receive a Masters in the Philosophy of Physics from Columbia University.

He now lives in Greenwich, CT, with his wife and three children.


Gerald in the Press


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