The Margolis File Featured

7:00pm EDT January 26, 2010

Born: Chicago

Education: Bachelor’s degree with high honors in business administration/management information systems from the University of Illinois

Year founded TriZetto: 1997

Whom do you admire most and why?

The modern world tends to shred living people who are accomplishing great things, so I will go with a giant from the past. Albert Einstein would be among my top picks, less because of his mathematical genius and more because of his imagination. Rare is the person who masters an understanding of complex classical concepts and then completely breaks free of classical constraints. Rarer still is the person who imagines things that no one can see, feel or touch and stands vindicated when mankind’s scientific discovery finally catches up. Such individuals as these — Einstein, among them — are to be greatly admired.

What is your definition of success?

My definition of success is meeting or exceeding an objective that pushes normal boundaries of accomplishment. For example, if I can achieve 50 years of a happy and productive marriage, that would be a success. If in my lifetime, we can achieve integrated health care management for our citizenry — optimizing the best of benefits and the best of care for most of our population — that indeed would be a success.

If you weren’t in your current position, what might you be doing instead?

If I were not in my current position, I would be a musical composer and jazz/rock guitarist. And I would be worrying about whether I could afford health care.

TriZetto transaction by the numbers:

  • Acquisition by Apax Partners announced: April 11, 2008
  • Acquisition closed: August 2008
  • Transaction valued at: $1.4 billion
  • Shareholders received: $22 per share
  • Funds under Apax Partners’ advice: about $35 billion