Born in Revere, Massachusetts, a few miles northeast of Cambridge and Boston, Jerry was the first in his family to attend college. He was valedictorian of his high school class, captain of the football and basketball teams, an All- Conference end and a Greater Boston League All-Star in basketball.
Following college graduation, Jerry served four years as an officer aboard ship in the U.S. Navy before entering Harvard Business School.
Jerry began his investment career at Putnam Management Company in Boston as a security analyst specializing in the oil industry. He became a star portfolio manager of several Putnam high growth funds and also managed its first Option Income Fund. In 1972, The Vista Fund was the top performing mutual fund in the country.
In 1978, he and Warren Hellman co-founded Hellman Jordan Management Company. Though the company's reputation was as a growth stock manager, in 1981 it delivered a 56% gain in the bond market, the best bond performance in the Pensions and Investments' universe and one of the all-time best annual performances in bond market history. Jerry currently serves as Chairman with principal responsibilities for market strategy and managing the firm's limited partnerships.
He has served Harvard as an elected member of its Board of Overseers (2005-2011). As Chair of the Class of 1961's 50th reunion, he raised a record $61 million. Jerry is also an Overseer of The Boys and Girls Club of Boston, a member of the Palm Beach Civic Association and a Trustee of both The Museum of Fine Arts Boston and The Belmont Hill School.
He currently endows 60 Harvard College scholarships and is committed to grow this to 100 Jordan Scholars annually by 2016. Jerry has also endowed the first stem cell research professorship jointly at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital.
Jerry is the father of two grown sons, both Harvard graduates, and one daughter. He and his wife Darlene split time between their homes in Palm Beach, Boston and South Dartmouth, MA. While still working full-time, Jerry also enjoys recreational golf, sailing and fishing.