Mark Vidergauz, a prominent investment banker and private equity investor, is an avid supporter of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and an engaged leader who has propelled the mission of American Friends of The Hebrew University (AFHU), particularly on the West Coast. He has provided distinguished leadership to AFHU, serving as the previous president of the Los Angeles Region and as a current member of the National Board of Directors and the Campaign Committee. A governor of The Hebrew University International Board of Governors, Mark is a university Guardian and national AFHU Scopus Award recipient along with his wife, Dr. Sharon Hirschowitz, a professor of Pathology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Mark and Sharon have long shared a commitment to philanthropy, the State of Israel, and to Jewish communities worldwide.
The founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Sage Group, a Los Angeles-based investment bank with a wide array of national and international clients, Mark Vidergauz advises private and public companies on merger and acquisition and corporate finance transactions in branded consumer industries. Prior to the formation of Sage, he was a managing director at ING Barings and headed the firm’s West Coast investment banking activities. He practiced law at O’Melveny & Myers and was a director at Barclays Merchant Bank in Johannesburg, South Africa. He currently serves on the boards of Sage and Monster Beverage Corp.
A member of the State Bar of California and the American Bar Association, Mark Vidergauz received BA and L.L.B. degrees, as well as degrees in tax and business administration, from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and an L.L.M. degree from the London School of Economics.
Originally from South Africa, Mark and Sharon presently reside in Los Angeles. They are the proud parents of daughter Kira, an attorney.