3G Capital quietly hires Goldman executive

The private investment firm, which announced this week it would partner with Warren Buffett to buy Heinz for $28bn, recently hired former Goldman managing director Daniel Dreyfus as a partner.

3G Capital, the publicity-shy private investment firm teaming with Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway to buy Heinz, recently made a major hire, bringing on former Goldman Sachs managing director Daniel Dreyfus as a partner.

Dreyfus, who sources confirmed joined 3G recently, has been a partner with 3G since January 2013, according to the firm’s web site. The firm did not return calls for comment. A Goldman Sachs spokesperson confirmed Dreyfus’ role at the bank and that he had left.

Dreyfus ran natural resources investments for Goldman Sachs Investment Partners, a hedge-fund unit within Goldman Sachs Asset Management. Investment Partners, described on Goldman’s web site as an opportunistic multi-disciplinary hedge fund, was launched in 2008, the spokesperson said.

3G and Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway announced Thursday they were partnering to buy Heinz for $28 billion, including the assumption of company debt. The deal is expected to close in the third quarter.

3G was founded in 2004 by three billionaires, Jorge Paulo Lemann, Marcel Telles and Carlos Alberto Sicupira, who all spun out of Brazilian private equity firm GP Investimentos. In 2010, 3G bought Burger King Holdings for about $4 billion.