Emmanuel Lemelson

The Reverend Father
Emmanuel Lemelson
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Padre Emmanouil Lugano Switzerland
OrdinationJuly 23, 2011
by Metropolitan Elpidophoros the Abbot of the Theological School at Halki
Personal details
Born(1976-06-29) June 29, 1976 (age 41)
Phoenix, Arizona,
United States
OccupationPriest and hedge fund manager
EducationSeattle University (BA)
Hellenic College Holy Cross (MDiv)

Emmanuel Lemelson (born Gregory Manoli Lemelson; June 29, 1976) is an American-born Greek Orthodox priest, hedge fund manager, social commentator and former businessman.

Between 1999 and 2010, he ran an internet company named Amvona. He closed this in 2010 and changed its website into a social commentary site where the comments he made about the securitization of mortgage-backed securities were widely cited at the time.

In 2011, he was ordained a Greek Orthodox priest. He is in favour of reconciliation between the Greek Orthodox and Catholic churches. In 2012, he founded The Lantern Foundation to support religious, charitable, and educational causes with a special focus on those associated with the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

Lemelson has advocated a philosophy of investment based on Christian ethics, and in 2012, he founded Lemelson Capital Management, which runs The Amvona Fund, LP, a hedge fund.[1]

Early life and education

Lemelson was born Gregory Manoli Lemelson[2] in Phoenix, Arizona, the son of a Jewish father and Christian mother.[1] He attended Seattle University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Religious Studies[3] in 1999. He then attended Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts, where he received a Master's of Divinity in 2003.[2]

While a 17-year old undergraduate at Seattle University, Lemelson met Robert Spitzer, a Jesuit priest and philosopher. In interviews, Lemelson has indicated that the encounter was a significant event in his religious life.[4][5][6]

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