SLIDESHOW: Ivy League Endowments – Who Did Best In FY2011?


The results are finally in (thank you, Brown) for the 2011 performance rankings of the eight Ivy League endowments. They are ordered below from the worst percentage return to the best.

If you can’t guess the winner (of course, you’re all winners, like little league), we won’t spoil the fun. You’ll just have to page through to see if you’re right.

We also throw in a few other interesting tidbits, such as average annual performances over the last decade (although not every school reported this).

Being a private equity crew, what you may care most about is how each school did with its buyout investments. Again, we included all the information we could find, but not everyone is as forthcoming as Yale, Harvard and Cornell (hint, hint, to everyone else…).

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[slide title=”Number 8: Dartmouth College”]

Endowment Return, Fiscal 2011: 18.4 percent return

Size of Endowment, June 30, 2011: $3.4 billion

10-Year Average Return: 7 percent

Chief Investment Officer: Pamela Peedin

[slide title=”Number 7: Brown University”]

Endowment Return, Fiscal 2011: 18.5 percent

Size of Endowment, June 30, 2011: $2.5 billion

Private Equity Allocation: 22 percent

10-Year Average Return: 7.7 percent

Chief Investment Officer: Cynthia Frost

[slide title=”Number 6: University of Pennsylvania”]

Endowment Return, Fiscal 2011: 18.6 percent

Size of Endowment, June 30, 2011: $6.6 billion

10-Year Average Return: 6.8 percent

Chief Investment Officer: Kristin Gilbertson

[slide title=”Number 5: Cornell University”]

Endowment Return, Fiscal 2011: 19.9 percent

Size of Endowment, June 30, 2011: $5.4 billion

Private Equity Allocation: 19.5 percent

Private Equity Returns: 27.8 percent

Interim Investment Chief: A.J. Edwards

[slide title=”Number 4: Harvard University”]

Endowment Return, Fiscal 2011: 21.4 return

Size of Endowment, June 30, 2011: $32 billion

Private Equity Target Allocation: 12 percent

Private Equity Returns: 26.2 percent

10-Year Average Return: 9.4 percent

Endowment Chief Executive: Jane Mendillo

[slide title=”Number 2 (tie): Princeton University”]

Endowment Return, Fiscal 2011: 21.9 percent

Size of Endowment, June 30, 2011: $17.1 billion

10-Year Average Return: 9.8 percent

Endowment President: Andrew Golden

[slide title=”Number 2 (tie): Yale University”]

Endowment Return, Fiscal 2011: 21.9 percent

Size of Endowment, June 30, 2011: $19.4 billion

Private Equity Allocation: 34 percent

Private Equity Returns: 30.3 percent

10-Year Average Return: 10.1 percent

Chief Investment Officer: David Swensen

[slide title=”Number 1: Columbia University”]

Endowment Return, Fiscal 2011: 23.6 percent

Size of Endowment, June 30, 2011: $7.8 billion

Private Equity Allocation: 25 percent

10-Year Average Return: 9.9 percent

Endowment Chief Executive: N.P. Narvekar

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