Leonard M. Tannenbaum founded Fifth Street in 1998 and is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fifth Street Asset Management Inc. (NASDAQ:FSAM), a nationally recognized credit-focused asset manager with over $6B of AUM across multiple public and private investment vehicles. Under his leadership, Fifth Street's award winning origination platform has deployed $9B in senior and subordinated middle market investments since inception. Mr. Tannenbaum is also Managing Partner and Portfolio Manager of the firm's hedge fund, Fifth Street Opportunities Fund, L.P.
Mr. Tannenbaum has founded a number of private investment firms and has served as managing member of each firm. Prior to launching his first firm, Mr. Tannenbaum gained extensive small company experience as an equity analyst for Merrill Lynch. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of FSAM, Mr. Tannenbaum currently serves on the Board of Directors of several Greenlight Capital-affiliated entities and has previously served on the Boards of Directors of several other companies, including Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Inc., Assisted Living Concepts, Inc. and WesTower Communications, Inc.
An expert in credit investing strategies and macroeconomics, Mr. Tannenbaum is a frequent contributor to Fox Business Network, Bloomberg TV and other leading news outlets.
Mr. Tannenbaum graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a B.S. in Economics. Subsequent to his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Tannenbaum received an M.B.A. in Finance from the Wharton School as part of the Submatriculation Program. He is also a holder of the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.