Magnitude Capital

Benjamin Appen

Founding Partner
Co-Chair of the Investment Committee
Chief Executive Officer

Benjamin Appen

Oversees day-to-day firm operations. Jointly manages the investment process, including sourcing, evaluation, monitoring and measurement, decision-making, and risk-oversight functions. Along with Jim Hall sets strategy and direction of the firm.

Mr. Appen was previously a senior vice president at the D. E. Shaw group. During his seven-year tenure, he co-founded and managed the firm’s fund of funds business. In this role, he oversaw the evaluation of investment strategies, manager selection, and quantitative research.

Mr. Appen has been invited to speak about hedge funds as a guest lecturer at Columbia University and New York University. He is the vice chair of the board of directors of Neighborhood Trust Financial Partners, a non-profit organization focused on financial literacy and economic empowerment in communities that are underserved by traditional institutions. Mr. Appen is also on the board of directors for Innovations for Poverty Action, which administers rigorous evaluations of development work around the world. He is a trustee of the Citizens Budget Commission.

Mr. Appen graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in political science from Columbia University.

Our Leadership Team

  • Benjamin Appen Founding Partner / Co-Chair of the Investment Committee / Chief Executive Officer
  • Hawes Bostic Partner / Investment Committee Member
  • Matthew Cohen Managing Director / Director of Operations, Accounting, and Treasury
  • Graeme Daykin Partner / President
  • James Hall Founding Partner / Co-Chair of the Investment Committee
  • Drew Haller Managing Director / Chief Technology Officer
  • Richard Lodewick Partner / Investment Committee Member
  • Andrew Messinger Managing Director / General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer
  • Biral Patel Managing Director / Head of Operational Due Diligence and Chief Financial Officer
  • Elisheva Yuan Partner / Chief Administrative Officer