Dan Sundheim is closely associated with D1 Capital Partners, a global investment firm that has been in the news a great deal recently. As such, his name has been coming up more and more frequently. That said, a lot of people don’t really know all that much about him, short of the fact that he serves as the company’s Chief Financial Officer. This has made a number of individuals curious to learn more about him. If you’re one of those people, here are 10 things about him that might help you get to know him more.
1. He knows how to combine business and personal interests to make people comfortable
One thing that he learned a long time ago is that people aren’t as likely to do business if they are uncomfortable. As such, he has worked tirelessly to make others more comfortable whenever he conducts a business meeting, largely by combining elements of both work and home in order to create the right atmosphere. For him, it’s all about making others comfortable enough to want to sit down and do business together. If the atmosphere isn’t appealing to them, they will end up spending their time wishing they were somewhere else. As such, he works hard to ensure that this sort of thing doesn’t happen.
2. He believes in a healthy work/life balance
He also believes in a healthy balance between work and home life. He has stated several times over that it's virtually impossible to succeed for any length of time in business when your home life has to be completely destroyed in order to accomplish it. For him, it's necessary to have both in order to be successful. He has also gone on record to say that if more people would adopt this balance, there would probably be a lot less burnout in the professional sector.
3. He has a vast amount of experience in the financial world
He should know what he's talking about. He has more than 15 years of experience working in high finance and that's before he came to work in his current position. Clearly, he knows what works and what doesn't. After all, he's been bringing that expertise to his chosen field for more than 20 years now.
4. He also loves art
There's no question about it, it's not all about work for him, as previously stated. One of the things that he genuinely loves that has nothing to do with his working life is art. He says that he's always been a fan of high-quality art and he has only come to appreciate it more over the years. He has several pieces in his collection, both at his home and in his office. For him, it is a very important component of setting up that special atmosphere that he has mentioned before, one which is absolutely necessary in order to conduct a proper business meeting.
5. He even serves on the Board for an important museum
He loves art so much that he also serves on The Board of Trustees for the Museum of Modern Art. That's a high honor, there's no doubt about that. He says that it's one way that he can contribute to something that he loves which has nothing to do with the types of things he usually deals with on a day-to-day basis. It helps him stay balanced and it reminds him to make connections with people that aren't involved in the financial sector so that he can be a more well-rounded individual.
6. He’s a billionaire
There is no question that he knows how to make money. In fact, he literally has billions of dollars as the result of the work he’s done over the course of the last several years. There aren’t exactly a lot of people that manage to accomplish such a feat. The good news is that he also knows how to help others make more money too. Fortunately, he shares his insights on a fairly regular basis.
7. He loves New York
It’s not just the state that he loves, but more specifically, the city. He has said on a number of occasions that New York City is where he feels most at home in his heart. Furthermore, he has said that he doesn’t believe his affection for the city will ever change, regardless of how many other cities he visits over the course of his lifetime.
8. He’s responsible for billions of dollars each and every day
At last count, his company was handling roughly $21 billion in assets. That’s more money than most people could even imagine, yet he makes business deals worth billions of dollars all the time.
9. He knows how to have fun, too
He chuckles when he realizes that most people think that individuals who perform at his level never take time to do anything outside of work. Unfortunately, he also knows that for some of his colleagues, that is quite true. He has always made it a point to refrain from allowing himself to fall into that trap. In fact, he sets goals for himself that involve nothing to do with his professional life, all so he can keep things in perspective.
10. He likes sports
You already know that he has a great deal of interest in art and that he collects a number of pieces. However, you might not know that he loves sports almost as much as he loves art. As a matter of fact, he always had a dream of owning an NBA team and he finally had the chance to realize that dream when he purchased a small percentage of the Charlotte Hornets. It’s one more way that he can focus his attention on something other than work, all while maintaining a healthy outlook on his professional life. For him, it’s one more thing he can do to live his life to the fullest, something that he sets out to do with great intent each and every day of the week.
Written by Allen Lee
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