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Key Takeaways & Insights

A Perpetual Education Trust is a way to influence the lives of distant descendants by providing them with a quality education.


  • A Perpetual Education Trust™ is relatively easy to create with the help of an estate-planning attorney.
  • An initial investment of $750,000 to $3 million per grandchild could potentially fund education costs for
    three generations or more.
  • The trust’s structure may provide opportunities for you to influence the lives of your distant descendants
    by providing them with a quality education.

Meet the Author

Pierre duPont


Pierre is a Partner in the New York office and has more than twenty-five years of experience founding, investing in and providing strategic growth advice to early-stage and middle-market companies. In addition to mentoring executives, Pierre has advised business-owning individuals and families on the personal/ownership side, as he has experienced many inheritances and business-ownership situations in his own family.

Prior to joining Cerity Partners, Pierre was an advisor to three early-stage internet companies helping them develop business plans, identify capital sources, and make initial team hires. He also worked with several emerging hedge funds and VC firms to secure capital and create internal operational and business structures.

Pierre was previously at Two Sigma Investments, a diversified hedge fund with $8 billion under management across global equities, currencies and commodities. At Two Sigma he was responsible for clean-energy investing, VC investing and Chinese private equity investing with Two Sigma’s proprietary capital. Pierre was responsible for Two Sigma’s Asia/Pacific business development and investor relations, raising capital from the major institutional investors in each part of the region and developing close relationships with more than 200 institutional and family-office investors in the region.

Pierre earned his Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Princeton University.

Pierre is on the Management Committee of the New York Hedge Fund Roundtable and a member of the International Executive Resources Group and The Economic Club of New York. He is on the Advisory Board of the Center on Business and Poverty and the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Impact Council at Boundless Impact Investing. Pierre is a mentor on the Princeton Entrepreneurship Council; a mentor for candidates in the Masters of Quantitative Finance program at the Bendheim Center for Finance; and a judge for the nationwide TigerLaunch business-plan competition.

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