Wilbur L. Ross is Chairman of WL Ross & Co which he founded in 2000 to buy private equity funds which he had begun at Rothschild Inc. He previously had been Executive Managing Director of Rothschild for 24 years. Invesco acquired WL Ross & Co LLC in 2006.
Mr. Ross has assisted in more than $400 billion of corporate restructurings and is the only person elected to both the Private Equity Hall of Fame and the Turnaround Management Hall of Fame. Among his most notable turnaround investments are International Steel Group, International Coal Group, Bank United, Bank of Ireland, American Home Mortgage Corp, Assured Guaranty and Navigator Holdings. He is Chairman of WL Ross Holding Corp, a $500 million equity Special Purpose Acquisition Corp. listed on NASDAQ and has been nominated as Vice Chairman of Bank of Cyprus. He is a board member of ArcelorMittal, EXCO Resources, Ocwen Financial, Sun Bancorp and other corporations. He also is a trustee of the Brookings Institution and the Chairman of its Economic Studies Council. He had earlier been privatization advisor to New York City Mayor Giuliani and was appointed by President Clinton to the board of the U.S.-Russia Investment Fund. Mr. Ross serves on the Dean's Advisory Council of Harvard Business School and on the board of the Yale University School of Management and its new International Center in Beijing. President Kim Dae-jung awarded him a medal for helping South Korea during its financial crisis and in November 2014, the Emperor of Japan awarded him The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star.
Mr. Ross holds a CFA and is a graduate of Yale University and of Harvard Business School (with distinction). He currently is listed as number 190 on the Forbes 400 list.