Michael Lythcott is Cofounder and Partner at Obsidian Investment Partners in New York City. Mr. Lythcott is widely renowned as a recognized innovator, investor, entrepreneur and leader in media, technology and real estate development industries.
As a Founding Partner, Mr. Lythcott directs Obsidian Investment Partners’ investment strategy and key decisions. Following investment banking and asset management positions at both JP Morgan (JPM) and Bear Stearns (JPM), Mr. Lythcott founded the Private Equity firm Uplift Equity Partners, retiring in 2011.
Mr. Lythcott’s business achievements and philanthropic works have been featured in numerous publications, including the New York Times, GQ Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Chicago Sun Times. His philanthropy includes major gifts to enhance and diversify the permanent collections of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and National Museum of African American History and Culture. In addition, Mr. Lythcott continues to serve as the Chairman of the Board for the National Black Theatre and as Vice Chairman of East Harlem’s placemaking, advocacy and merchant association, Uptown Grand Central.
Mr. Lythcott graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia Business School with distinction in corporate finance. A lifelong learner, practitioner of personal development, transcendental meditation and traveler, Mr. Lythcott lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, with his wife, Jennifer, son Xavier and goldendoodle Jax.