Nir Bar Dea

Co-Chief Executive Officer
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Nir Bar Dea is Bridgewater’s Co-Chief Executive Officer, serving alongside Mark Bertolini. Together, they set and drive the strategic goals of the company and oversee the day-to-day management of the firm. Nir is also a Partner, a member of the Operating Board of Directors, and co-chairs the Executive and Operating Committees.

Nir’s career at Bridgewater began in the Research department, where he took on the opportunity to shape the future of the organization, working closely with company leadership to drive the key transformative initiatives in the investment function and beyond. Under Nir’s stewardship, the firm’s front office was reimagined by fully integrating the Research, Portfolio Construction, and Trading departments into the unified Investment Engine that exists today.

More recently, Nir served as Co-Head of the Investment Engine, where he worked closely with the Co-Chief Investment Officers and CEO to manage the Investment Engine and spearhead Bridgewater’s holistic department-level strategic vision. While in that role, Nir was responsible for the establishment of Bridgewater’s Investment Committee, an important step in the transition of the firm’s investment governance to the next generation of talent.

In February 2021, Nir was named Deputy CEO, a role in which he partnered with then-CEO David McCormick in managing the firm. With David, Nir established the decision-making structures used to guide the strategic and operational management of the company — the Executive, Operating and Commercial Committees. Leading up to and throughout his time as Deputy CEO, Nir — with the team — directed Bridgewater’s response to the COVID pandemic: from maintaining business continuity through remote work, to establishing safety posture and protocols, to thinking critically about the future of work at Bridgewater. In January 2022, he was named Bridgewater’s Co-CEO.

Prior to joining Bridgewater in 2015, Nir served as Advisor to the Israeli Mission to the United Nations in the 2014 General Assembly. He also has a diverse background in entrepreneurship, having run a multinational real estate investment operation and founded a drone technology start up. Originally from outside Tel Aviv, Nir is a retired major and a platoon leader in the Israeli Defense Forces.

Nir received his MBA from Wharton and his bachelor’s degree in Finance from the Interdisciplinary Center at IDC Herzliya, where he graduated first in his class. In 2020, Nir was named one of Fortune’s “40 Under 40” in Finance.

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More from Nir Bar Dea
June 10, 2022
Alongside other industry leaders, Co-CEO Nir Bar Dea shares insights on what he believes will be the most important innovations over the next 30 years. Nir shared how enabling “open collaboration” is the key to solving humanity’s most difficult problems.
April 27, 2022
In an interview with Jessica Pliska for Forbes, Co-CEO Nir Bar Dea discusses growing up in Israel, the potential for growth through failure and reflection, and the power of Bridgewater’s radical transparency.
May 26, 2021
In a recent article in FundFire, Deputy CEO Nir Bar Dea details Bridgewater’s plans to return to in-office work in the fall. Nir explains that Bridgewater will experiment with a flexible model, with 2-3 days per week in the office including one day with all employees on campus. Learning from a year of predominantly remote work, the firm sees in-office time as a perk and a privilege, and will focus on creating high-value interactions that are difficult to replicate remotely.
September 9, 2020
Drawing on leadership experience from the Israeli Defense Forces, the United Nations, and as an entrepreneur, Bridgewater’s Co-Head of Investment Engine was recognized alongside other influential changemakers in the industry.
September 21, 2020
In the midst of a remote work environment, Bridgewater sought ways to allow team members to safely meet in person — to facilitate collaboration and benefit from the richness of face-to-face interactions. Our team responded by building a tented outdoor office space at our Westport, CT headquarters.
February 23, 2021
Deputy Chief Executive Officer Nir Bar Dea joins the 2021 IAC Edge Summit to shed light on his background and experience, Bridgewater’s principles and culture, and practical advice for anyone trying to find success in the workplace.
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