On June 1st, 1979 the Seattle SuperSonics became NBA world champions. As the final buzzer sounded in game 5 of the finals, millions saw Sonics point guard Gus Williams hurl the game ball skyward. Eleven year-old Chris Hansen was one of them, watching from his home in Seattle.
That was a defining moment for Chris and a memory that remains vivid.
Today Chris is a self-made successful businessman with deep Northwest roots and a passion for professional sports. A lifelong diehard Sonics fan, Chris wants to see professional basketball return to Seattle and is prepared to make a significant investment in the Seattle community to make that dream a reality.
Born in San Francisco in 1968, Chris moved to Seattle with his mother in 1973 after his parents separated. They lived in a rented house near Roosevelt High School and his mom taught Early Childhood Development at Seattle Central Community College. In 1976 the family purchased a home in the Rainier Valley neighborhood where Chris lived through high school.
Chris attended Fairview, Stevens and Blessed Sacrament Elementary School and Blanchet High School for grades 9 through 11. When his parents could no longer afford the tuition at Blanchet, Chris transferred to Roosevelt High School where he graduated in 1986.
Work was an important part of Chris’s early life in Seattle. He was ten years old when he landed his first job delivering the South County Journal. At age 14 he took his second job delivering the Seattle Times and two years later he started work as a dishwasher and prep cook at the Leschi Lake Café where he worked for the balance of his high school years.
Chris worked his way through San Diego State University, graduating with honors in 1991. Upon graduation he moved back to Seattle, rented an apartment in the Leschi neighborhood and worked for three years as a financial consultant for American Express Financial Advisors.
He returned to school in 1994, attending the USC Marshall School of Business where he earned an MBA. Upon graduation he accepted a job as a research analyst with Montgomery Securities in San Francisco. He was promoted to Senior Analyst in 1999 and Principal in 2000.
Chris left Montgomery Securities in 2001 to accept a job as a Senior Analyst and Partner at the San Francisco office of New York based Blue Ridge Capital where he worked for 7 years. Leaving Blue Ridge in 2008 Chris founded Valiant Capital where he works today as the Managing Partner. Valiant is a private investment partnership that manages more than $3 billion in public and private investments.
Chris lives in San Francisco with his wife Kimberly Airey Hansen. He has two children, Peyton and Reade, from a previous marriage. His mother and father live in the Seattle area in homes Chris purchased for them in 2008.