John W. Rogers, Jr.

Born: March 31, 1958, Chicago, Illinois;

Position: Chairman, CEO & Chief Investment Office;

Company: Ariel Capital Management L.L.C.;

Industry: Financial Services;

Residence: United States;

Nationality: American

John W. Rogers, Jr. is Founder and CEO of Ariel Capital which he started with $200,000 when he was 24 years old. The firm now has assets under management of approximately $17.5 billion and is the largest black-owned fund management company in America.

Mr. Rogers is the firm's Chief Investment Officer and manages Ariel's small and mid-cap institutional portfolios as well as Ariel Fund and Ariel Appreciation Fund.


Prior to founding Ariel, Mr. Rogers worked for 2 years at the investment banking firm of William Blair & Co. in Chicago.

Board and Advisor Roles

Mr. Rogers serves as a director of Nike, Exelon Corporation, McDonald’s Corporation and The New York Times Company.

He also serves as trustee of the University of Chicago, Rush University Medical Center, the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Foundation, Inc., and is a life trustee of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He's also a member of the Barack Obama Foundation’s Board of Directors.

His past civic affiliations include his roles as Chairman of the Chicago Urban League; Board Member of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. He served as co-chair for the Presidential Inaugural Committee 2009.


In 2008, he was awarded Princeton University’s highest honor, the Woodrow Wilson Award, presented each year to the alumnus whose career embodies a commitment to national service.


Mr. Rogers received an A.B. in economics from Princeton University.

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