Co-Founder, Co-CEO, Portfolio Manager
Nicholaus appears in the Top 100
People in Finance Magazine
Nicholaus Rohleder grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, surrounded by the oil & gas industry. His grandfather, Gilbert Rohleder, was one of the founding principals of the Mid-America Pipeline Company, later MAPCO, which evolved into a Fortune 500 company and one of the world’s largest broad energy companies. Following in his family’s footsteps, Nicholaus spent his free time holding manual labor jobs in the oilfield growing up to learn the business. During that time, Nicholaus realized the industry his entire family depended on was about to change forever. Seeing this as an opportunity rather than a threat, Nicholaus went on to study sustainability management and environmental economics at Columbia University and environmental engineering and technology at the University of Pennsylvania. In July 2019, he co-founded New American Energy. With offices in Tulsa, OK and New York City, the vertically integrated asset management firm focuses on the clean and environmental technology sector, strategically positioned at the intersection of energy’s past and future.
In 2020, he was appointed as an independent director on BioHiTech Global’s board of directors, making him the youngest independent director of a NASDAQ-listed company at the time of appointment. Serving as both Co-CEO and portfolio manager for New American Energy, Nicholaus is responsible for the implementation of the firm’s investment strategies and corporate capital allocation. Since inception in October 2019, the firm’s flagship clean technology hedge fund has returned 55.1%, which Nicholaus credits to the skills of his colleagues; CIO, Walter Nasdeo, the longest-standing analyst covering the clean technology sector; and co-CEO, Andrew Gold. The fund invests in public companies at the intersection of growth and value that are well-positioned to benefit from the growing megatrend of decarbonization. Nicholaus also holds several independent directorships at clean technology investment bank, Ardour Capital; integrated carbon management company, American Hydrogen; energy infrastructure developer, Lone Cypress Energy; and climate-focused media company, Climate & Capital Media.
“I am exceptionally fortunate to be surrounded by a world-class team. It’s intellectually stimulating but the idea that we’re doing well by doing good is really what drives me,” he says.
Co-Founder, Co-CEO, & Portfolio Manager — New American Energy