John W. Rogers, Jr., is founder, chairman, co-chief executive officer, and chief investment officer of Ariel Investments. Ariel Fund, which he started over 30 years ago and still manages today, is the number-one-ranked fund among its peer group since the market bottom that followed the global financial crisis. Previously, Mr. Rogers worked at William Blair & Company, LLC. Early in his career, he was selected as co-mutual fund manager of the year by Sylvia Porter’s Personal Finance Magazine and an All-Star Mutual Fund Manager by USA TODAY. Mr. Rogers is regularly featured and quoted in a variety of financial broadcasts and print publications. He is a board member of McDonald’s, NIKE, and the New York Times Company and serves as vice chair of the University of Chicago board of trustees. Mr. Rogers is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a director of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. He was awarded Princeton University’s highest honor, the Woodrow Wilson Award, presented annually to the alumnus or alumna whose career embodies a commitment to national service. Mr. Rogers served as co-chair of Barack Obama’s Presidential Inaugural Committee and recently joined the Barack Obama Foundation’s board of directors.
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