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Jeffrey Vinik

Born:Mar 22, 1959Status: Owner (Tampa Bay Lightning)
Hometown:Deal, NJ, USAKnown For:Minority owner of the Boston Red Sox

Jeffrey Vinik (born March 22, 1959) is known for his hedge fund, Vinik Asset Management, which he started after leaving the Fidelity Mutual Fund in 1996. By 2000, the hedge fund returned it’s investors $4.2 billion and by the time he closed the fund in 2013, he and his partners distributed $9 million.

Owner Jeff Vinik of the Tampa Bay Lightning
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 26: Owner Jeff Vinik of the Tampa Bay Lightning (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images)

He and his wife have donated $6.25 million to Duke University’s engineering school, $10 million to create a challenge fund to endow associate and full professorships dedicated to addressing complex societal challenges and $1.5 million to build a new Jewish Community Center in South Tampa.

Lightning Under Ownership

Vinik purchased the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2010 for $170 million. Worth $470 million (2020), Vinik has been putting money into the organization and the community. He’s put $60 million into the publicly-owned AMALIE Arena and $30 million into Tampa Bay charities.

Under his ownership, the Lightning have two division titles and a Presidents’ trophy. They reached the Final in 2014-15, losing to the Blackhawks in six games.

Deeper Dive

Staff History

  • Tampa Bay Lightning (Franchise Owner) 2009-current
  • Tampa Bay Lightning (Chairman) 2009-current


  • 2x NHL Stanley Cup Champion (2020, 2021)