Our Culture

What you believe and what you value as an organization matters. Discover the DNA of our firm.

Our People

Get to know our teams and the stories of select staff members who share why they choose to work at Sands Capital.

News & Events

Read about some of the latest events, partnerships, and business highlights from Sands Capital.


At Sands Capital, we strive to hire exceptional talent who will live our values and support our efforts to deliver on our mission.

Changing market and geopolitical environments are part of the equation for long-term investors.  As active investors, we are prepared to manage through trying times.

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Fostering Long-term Thinking

Executive Managing Director and Sr. Portfolio Manager Brian Christiansen discusses the importance of candor and collaboration in a culture that promotes long-term thinking.

Transparent Work Cultures and Inclusive Opportunities

Recruit Holdings is transforming the world of work through wage transparency and providing life-changing opportunities for immigrants and refugees.

Philosophy & Approach

Our philosophy is rooted in the belief that, over time, stock prices will reflect the earnings power and growth of the underlying businesses.

Our latest annual report offers a comprehensive view of how we add value through active stewardship.

Public Equity

Our newest strategy takes an unconstrained approach to seeking the best growth businesses outside of the U.S.

Venture & Growth Equity

Sands Capital invests in innovative businesses across all stages of the growth spectrum

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Michael Clarke

Managing Partner

Joined Sands Capital


Work Experience

Sands Capital (2016 - 2020)
Arlington, VA | Portfolio Manager, Sr. Research Analyst

Sands Capital (2013 - 2016)
Arlington, VA | Portfolio Manager, Research Analyst

Sands Capital (2011 - 2013)
Arlington, VA | Research Analyst

FBR Capital Markets (2007 - 2011)
Arlington, VA | Senior Associate

Greenberg Traurig, LLP (2003 - 2005)
Washington, DC | Case Law Manager


George Washington University (2007)
MBA | Finance

University of Redlands (2002)
BA | Business Administration and Biological Sciences

Michael joined Sands Capital in 2011 as a Research Analyst on the Global Technology Sector Team and later helped lead the firm’s technology research efforts. Michael was named a Co-Portfolio Manager of the Technology Innovators strategy in 2013 and was promoted to Sr. Research Analyst in 2016. Michael helped create and launch the Global Innovation strategy—which seeks to invest in select technology and tech-enabled private businesses—in 2018. Prior to joining Sands Capital, Michael was a Senior Associate at FBR Capital Markets and a Case Law Manager at Greenberg Traurig.

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