SFGate: “Thomas Weisel: high-finance banker, high-quality art collector”

by Julian Guthrie | May 04, 2014

SFGate’s feature on Thomas Weisel starts with the fact that, when he started working in Silicon Valley, Intel was “still an idea and Sand Hill Road was more orchards than offices.” It goes on to focus closely on his time outside of the office as well as in it, including his various hobbies, and shares some history of Weisel’s long career in finance.

The article states that Weisel is a “fierce competitor—known for driving fast, cycling hard and skiing aggressively.” Inclusions about Weisel’s interest in sports—and in winning them—highlight his competitive personality, but also shows that now that he is no longer in charge of the day-to-day operations of a large firm, Weisel likes to spend time with his large family. He is still an investment banker, but now his focus has changed.

The article also details the Weisel family’s large donation of southwest Native American art to the San Francisco Fine Arts Museums, a substantial gift that allows the de Young Museum to “present Native American art in a more holistic way. We will be able to tell a story about Native American art on the West Coast, really from Alaska to the Southwest,” says the curator of the Arts of the Americas at the Museum, Matthew Robb.

“I think I can understand and appreciate good art, and when I started seeing some of the Navajo weavings, and some of the pottery, I really thought these were great artistic pieces. I spent almost four decades acquiring this collection,” Weisel says.

SFGate’s piece also discusses Weisel’s relationship to cycling, a sport he has made great monetary contributions and offered support to over the past several decades, promoting cycling’s presence in the United States.

More integral to the feature is his finance history. The feature explores Weisel’s work with Thom Weisel Partners, Montgomery Securities, and his more recent work with Stifel Financial, the large investment firm that purchased TWP for $450 million in 2010.

Now, SFGate acknowledges, Wiesel is more interested in spending time with his seven children and eight grandchildren. He also has more time to dedicate to his philanthropic and athletic efforts, all of which he finds “intellectually challenging” in their own unique ways.

by Julian Guthrie | May 04, 2014