Yale Endowment Earns 22.9% In The Past Year

David Swensen

Yale’s Endowment earned a 22.9% return in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2006, bringing its value to $18.0 billion, the University’s Investments Office has announced. The Endowment’s value at the end of the preceding fiscal year was $15.2 billion.

“The outstanding performance by Yale’s Investments Office in the past year will allow the University to achieve new levels of educational and research excellence,” University President Richard C. Levin said. “Yale and those it serves continue to benefit from the peerless work of our investment team led by Chief Investment Officer David Swensen.”

Spending from the Endowment in the University’s 2006-7 fiscal year is expected to total $676 million, or approximately 34% of the University’s net revenues. The Endowment is Yale’s single largest source of budgetary support. The share of the operating budget provided by the Endowment has more than doubled in the last ten years.

Yale’s Endowment has returned an annualized 17.2% over the past ten years, placing the University’s investment performance in the top rank of institutional funds. During the last decade, the Endowment has grown from $4.9 billion to $18.0 billion.

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