Our Story

Our Story

The Management Model

Third Security's story begins in the early 1980s, when our founder, R.J. Kirk, was a young attorney in Southwest Virginia.

From his initial investments, including the formation of General Injectables & Vaccines, Inc. (GIV) in 1984, Mr. Kirk quickly distilled the principles that became the foundation of Third Security's management model.

GIV was sold to a major competitor in 1998. Shortly after that, Mr. Kirk and a handful of associates launched Third Security in 1999 to help manage their personal investments and affiliated entities.

Third Security employees use their experience and expertise to attempt to guide the investments of our Affiliated Investment Funds toward category dominance.

As we follow our global strategy to unlock value through patient investment management, Third Security maintains the highest professional conduct standards, combining an effective management team with operational insight and solid research.