Addison Fischer

Co-Founder and President, Planet Heritage Foundation



Addison Fischer’s career began as a computer entrepreneur when he created his first high-tech startup company in 1973. He ultimately went on to become majority owner of RSA Data Security, which founded VeriSign. From 1981, he was co-owner, with Mr. Stanley Druckenmiller, of Duquesne Capital Management until Mr. Druckenmiller’s retirement in 2010.

In addition to his business interests, Mr. Fischer is passionate about preserving the environment for future generations. He co-founded Planet Heritage Foundation (PHF), which takes a rigorous approach in identifying where its support will promote collaboration to leverage and catalyze the greatest impact.

Key PHF initiatives have included the Electrification Coalition — an alliance of business leaders committed to promoting electric vehicles on a mass scale; and funding the TED Mission Blue Voyage, whereby 100 influential leaders gathered for a week seeking solutions to restore the health of the oceans — which resulted in Oceans Five, an international funders’ collaborative committed to protecting the planet’s oceans. Oceans Five gives new and experienced funders an effective platform to collectively target their assets (funding, knowledge, networks and influence) toward solutions with greater impact and scale. The original five partners has grown to 12 and currently includes PHF, Oak Foundation, Marisla Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Waitt Foundation, and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.

Mr. Fischer presently serves as a director of the East West Institute, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), the Jane Goodall Institute, and Oceans Five.