Gerry Cardinale is the Founder and Managing Partner of the firm.
Prior to founding RedBird, Gerry spent 20 years at Goldman Sachs where he was a Partner of the firm and a senior leader of the Merchant Bank’s private equity investing business, which managed over $100 billion of private capital investments across equity, debt, real estate and infrastructure investment strategies.
During his tenure, Gerry worked with entrepreneurs and family business owners to build several successful multi-billion-dollar platform companies, including the Yankees Entertainment & Sports (“YES”) Network, the #1 Regional Sports Network in the United States; Legends Hospitality, a premium ticketing, concessions and merchandising services company which was created in partnership with the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Yankees; and Suddenlink Communications, which was the 7th largest American cable company at the time it was acquired by Altice USA.
Gerry currently sits on several boards across the RedBird investment portfolio, including (i) Aethon United, one of the largest independent, privately held upstream and midstream natural gas producers in the Haynesville; (ii) Compass Datacenters, a developer and owner of wholesale build-to-suit data centers for hyperscale cloud, software, and enterprise customers; (iii) OneTeam Partners, a partnership with the Players Associations of the National Football League (“NFL”) and Major League Baseball (“MLB”) to monetize the Name, Image and Likeness (“NIL”) of the collective players; (iv) RedBall Acquisition Corp, a publicly traded blank-check company (NYSE: RBAC/U) with a focus on teams and businesses in the sports, media and data analytics sectors; (v) RedBird FC, a multi-club European football platform driven by data-analytics via a partnership with some of the top analytics-focused executives in sport; (vi) RedBird QSR, a diversified quick-service restaurant platform; (vii) Skydance Media, a diversified content-production studio founded by David Ellison focused on subscription video on demand (“SVOD”), feature film, animation and interactive gaming; (viii) TierPoint, a leading data center operator and provider of IT infrastructure services focused on private and hybrid cloud solutions, managed services, and retail colocation in 40+ locations across the US; (ix) Wasserman Media Group, one of the preeminent athlete, talent, brand and property representation firms in the world; (x) XFL, a professional football league and entertainment property in partnership with Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia; (xi) Yankee Global Enterprises (“YGE”), the corporate holding company of the New York Yankees and its affiliated businesses; (xii) the Yankees Entertainment & Sports (“YES”) Network, the #1 Regional Sports Network in the United States which broadcasts the live games of the New York Yankees, Brooklyn Nets and New York City Football Club; and (xiii) Zenith Shipping, a portfolio of product tankers and dry bulk shipping vessels.
Philanthropically, Gerry is a Trustee of the Mount Sinai Health System in New York City and leads one of the multi-state Selection Committees that awards Rhodes Scholarships each year. Gerry received an Honors BA from Harvard University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and an M.Phil in Politics and Political Theory from Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar.