Lincoln Ellis

Lincoln Ellis

Sr. Investment Strategist, Northern Trust Global Family Office, Socrates Program

Lincoln S. Ellis is the Sr Investment Strategist for Northern Trust’s Global Family Office and Private Investment Company practice.  In this capacity, Lincoln works with chief investment officers, investment staff and their families on portfolio construction, asset allocation, manager selection and program implementation.  Lincoln is also tasked with managing investment programs for some of the firm’s most important relationships.  His group advises on or manages north of $80 billion in assets. 

He is a member of the firm’s Investment Policy Committee and the Institutional Group’s Multi-Manager Solutions – Investment Oversight Committee. 

Lincoln began his professional career as a journalist with the Associated Press.  After graduate school, Ellis went to Columbia University as a start-up entrepreneur using a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to explore the early effects of the internet on publishing – specifically in the disciplines of politics and economics. At Columbia he developed a stable of global content contributors and subscribers to one of the world’s first online research tools and in the process creating the most profitable business at Columbia University’s Press. 

Lincoln began his investment career at Morgan Stanley & Co in the late 1990s spending time with a number of different business units and ultimately acting as the Chief Investment Officer for a team of 3 with 20 relationships and close to $2 billion dollars in AUM/AUA. 

Since leaving Morgan Stanley in 2005, Lincoln formed his own advisory practice, Astor Janssen, where he advised wealthy families, single and multi-family offices as well as institutions on asset allocation, risk management, manager due diligence and investment vehicle creation.  He was portfolio manager for a multi-manger fund of funds in the commodity space named Poplar Jackson and more recently has run the proprietary Global Macro and Fixed Income investment vehicles at Astor Janssen.  Lincoln has advised or managed over $8 billion over the course of his firm’s work. 

Lincoln earned his master’s degree in Political Science in 1996, the same year he completed his PhD coursework – also in politics – at the Graduate Faculty of The New School for Social Research in New York City.  He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Valparaiso University in Indiana.