The Viking story
We believe enduring success results from exceptional people and strong processes
Viking was founded in 1999 with the goal of building an enduring asset management firm. We’ve sought long-standing partnerships that are based on integrity and respect. We’ve built a deep team that cares about making a positive impact and is open to new perspectives.
For over two decades, we’ve fostered a culture of rigorous analysis, thoughtful investment risk-taking, and strong compliance that benefits our investors. We are the largest investor in Viking, aligning the interests of the firm with that of our partners.
CAPITAL ACROSS PUBLIC AND PRIVATE INVESTMENTS
YEARS IN BUSINESS
*As at December 31, 2021.
Below are some of the key moments that brought us to where we are today.
After a summer of fundraising and building the team, Viking celebrated the launch of our first public equity strategy on October 1, 1999, with $520 million of capital. There were 17 Vikings: three portfolio managers, five analysts, two traders, and seven operations and administrative professionals.
2002Our first summer intern
Viking hired our first summer intern as an analyst on our investment team. Today, we hire graduate school interns throughout the firm. Approximately one third of our investment team and three of our seven portfolio managers started as interns.
2003Stepping up to the plate
Viking appointed its first portfolio manager, aside from the founders of the firm. Our investment team has a flexible multi-portfolio structure that allows analysts to gain portfolio management responsibility based solely on demonstrated performance. Since inception, 33 Vikings have been promoted to portfolio manager.
Nine Vikings received the inaugural Sleipner Awards, given to Vikings who complete eight years of service. In Norse mythology, Sleipner was the eight-legged horse ridden by Odin, chief among gods, who traversed land, air, and water. To date, 75 Vikings have received Sleipner awards, which are presented annually.
2009Contributing to our community
The Viking Global Foundation launched with a mission of engaging employees in philanthropy and having a positive impact in the communities in which Vikings live and work. Since inception, we have primarily supported early childhood education and development programs. In addition, we offer volunteer events, educational opportunities, and a matching gifts program.
2013Systems always ready
Viking conducted our first unscheduled failover test. With less than one hour’s notice, our technology team successfully moved all systems to our remote facility. The exercise provided us and our investors with confidence that Viking will remain up and running.
2014Striving to improve trading
Viking launched our internally developed Transaction Cost Analysis (TCA) system. Created by our software development team and managed alongside our Quantitative Trading Analysts, TCA provides data that measures our cost of trading and, more importantly, helps our traders become more efficient.
2015Our first public-private strategy
Viking launched our public-private hybrid strategy to provide investors with a differentiating evergreen structure. The strategy invests in liquid and illiquid securities based on their relative risk-adjusted return profiles.
Viking returned $8 billion of capital to our investors. Our guiding principle has been to manage the appropriate, rather than the maximum, amount of capital based on the team’s investment and operational capabilities. Within three years, we had grown capital back to the pre-return level.
2019Celebrating the past and present
Viking welcomed 183 current Vikings and 67 alumni to our 20th Anniversary celebration. We believe that “Once a Viking, always a Viking” and appreciate the contributions of all Vikings – past and present – to our success.
Seeking a positive impact
We believe we succeed when our investors, management teams, and communities succeed.
Our people are passionate about making a positive impact. From the way we operate as a firm to how we invest, we believe that incorporating environmental, social, and governance (ESG) best practices leads to better outcomes.