He may have left it behind now but Russell Gimelstob was a famous tennis star during his formative years. It all started back in 1994 when he acquired his first racket and he quickly proved to be a tennis prodigy. His parents were particularly thrilled when he enrolled at their alma mater, Newark Academy, and became the captain of the tennis team when he was a sophomore. He practiced every day especially during the summers when he would train with Robert Lansdorp, one of the foremost experts on tennis in the united states of America. Clearly, all the practice he did was worth the while after he went on to win three championships in a row with his high school team and made first team all-state every year of high school.
However, he eventually had to graduate from high school and received numerous scholarship opportunities to play tennis at many prestigious schools but he ended up declining them all after visiting Cornell on a recruitment trip and meeting with head coach Barry Shoemaker. As one of the stars of the tennis team, he went on to compete in the national double’s tournament, became an academic all American and didn’t lose a single game throughout his entire sophomore season. When he finally reached senior status, he was selected to become the new team captain and he won a wide variety of other academic awards as well before having to graduate.
He did remain at the university for another year to pursue an MPA and then he went to work for Goldman Sachs as one of their financial analysts. After three years, he decided to leave the position so he could accept an offer to become an associate at Dune Real Estate Group. Seven years later, he received his first promotion after being made partner and eventually he went on to become their head of acquisitions and managing director. Additionally, he serves as a member of their investment committee and he has become an annual honoree for the Hebrew Academy for Special Children. He’s also a supporter of the Valerie Fund.