How Russell Gimelstob Made It Big

Russell Gimelstob was born and raised in New Vernon, New Jersey and received his first racket when he was just six. As the son of a star athlete, his father was particularly proud when he enrolled in his alma mater, Newark Academy, and joined the tennis team as a freshman. He quickly excelled in his athletic endeavors and ended up becoming team captain when he was a sophomore, the first one to accomplish this feat. After leading his team to three consecutive championships, he spent the off season working with one of the most prolific tennis coaches of all time, Robert Lansdorp. As someone who trained Maria Sharapova, he was more than qualified to teach him and Russell later on went to become first team all-state during each year before he graduated.

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Despite many universities vying for his athletic prowess, he decided to decline all of these scholarship opportunities to become one of the star players on the Cornell University men’s varsity tennis team. He was selected to participate in the NCAA doubles tournament and also went an entire season without losing any matches. As an academic all American, he went on to become team captain during his last year of college and he won a slew of all-ivy awards and other academic achievements. After four years of excelling in his athletic career, he received his bachelor’s but later decided to continue his education to receive a degree in public administration.

Once the academic career was over, he began his career by becoming one of the financial analysts for Goldman Sachs in 2002. He stayed in this position for three years before becoming an associate at Dune Real Estate Group in 2005. He worked in that role for seven years until receiving a promotion to become a partner in 2012. A year afterward, he returned to his old high school to receive the honor of being added to the athletic hall of fame at Newark Academy. Currently, he has been with this company for almost fifteen years now and he also serves as a member of their investment committee.