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Tony Ressler

Co-Founder & Executive Chairman

Ares Management Corporation

Los Angeles, CA, USA

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Tony Ressler’s Biography

Tony Ressler is Co-Founder of Ares Management and its current Executive Chairman. Since its founding in 1997, Ares has grown to become a leading global alternative asset manager with over $179 billion of assets under management as of September 2020, focusing on private equity, real estate and credit. Headquartered in Los Angeles, Ares has offices across the US, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Tony also serves as Chairman of the Ares Executive Management Committee and is a member of the Investment Committees in the Ares Private Equity and Ares Real Estate Groups, as well as the Ares Diversity and Inclusion Council. Prior to Ares, Tony co-founded Apollo Global Management in 1990 and helped lead it to become a top alternative investment manager.

Since 2015, Tony has served as the Principal Owner and Chair of the Atlanta Hawks of the NBA. As Chairman/CEO and Controlling Owner of ATL Invesco Board, Tony leads the group in its ownership role of the Hawks, the Atlanta Hawks Foundation, the College Park Skyhawks and the Hawks Talon GC.

Tony’s work in Atlanta goes beyond the front office and basketball court. He has continually supported initiatives that promote economic revitalization and opportunity in Atlanta, including a recent agreement with the National Black Bank Foundation and the transformation of State Farm Arena into Georgia’s largest-ever voting center.

Outside of Atlanta, Tony is Co-founder of The Ressler Gertz Family Foundation, which helps underprivileged people gain opportunities in education, health and human services, and the arts. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (LA) and Co-chair of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Board of Trustees. He is a founding board member of the Painted Turtle Camp, an organization that provides camping opportunities for children battling illnesses.

Tony holds a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and an MBA from Columbia University.

Tony’s Newsfeed

Atlanta Business Chronicle
Five Points redesign reflects hopes for downtown Atlanta's revitalization

Tony Ressler, Co-Founder & Executive Chairman of Ares Management and Owner of the Atlanta Hawks, is quoted in this article discussing the redevelopment of the Five Points neighborhood in downtown Atlanta.

The Business Journals
Hawks owner Tony Ressler’s firm joins $90M partnership with Atlanta HBCUs

Three schools in the Atlanta University Center will receive $90 million to create a diverse pipeline of financial services workers. Tony Ressler, executive chair of Ares Management, apparently came up with the idea and contacted other investment funds to partner with the colleges, according to the Wall Street Journal. "It is an important and replicable example of a joint venture between the private sector and higher education that addresses one of society’s obvious and compelling needs—greater inclusiveness through tangible programs that can be measured,” Ressler told Atlanta Business Chronicle.

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Tony’s Background

Ares Management Corporation
Co-Founder & Executive Chairman
1997 - Present
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Founded in 1997, Ares Management Corporation is one of the largest global alternative asset managers, with three complementary and market leading investment groups: credit, private equity and real estate.
Atlanta Hawks Basketball Team
Chairman/CEO & Controlling Owner, ATL Investco Board
2015 - Present
Atlanta, GA, USA
The Atlanta Hawks, owned by ATL Investco, are an American professional basketball team who compete in the National Basketball Association as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Southeast Division. The team plays its home games at State Farm Arena, Atlanta, GA. ATL Investco also owns the Atlanta Hawks Foundation, the College Park Skyhawks and the Hawks Talon GC.
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Tony’s Gallery

Current Board Positions

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NBA Foundation
Board of Directors
Oct 2020 - Present
New York, NY, USA
The NBA Foundation's board of directors provides strategic direction for NBA programming and grantmaking activities and oversees the organization’s activities. It works with all 30 NBA teams to support and facilitate sustainable initiatives in team markets.
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Board of Directors
2009 - Present
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is a non-profit, hospital and multi-specialty academic health science center with over 2,000 physicians based in the Beverly Grove neighbourhood, LA.
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The Promise Homes Company
Founding Partner & Member of the Investment Committee
2017 - Present
Atlanta, GA, USA
The Promise Homes Company was launched in May 2017 as one of the largest minority-controlled owners of institutional-quality, single-family residential rental property in the United States, with a focus on working class and middle class communities.
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The Ressler Gertz Family Foundation
1997 - Present
Los Angeles, CA, USA
The Ressler Gertz Family Foundation is focused on supporting the arts, education, and health and human services. It works to promote equality and social unity and to provide the underprivileged with the resources and opportunities to succeed and thrive.
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Ares co-founder Tony Ressler on Fed’s recent comments, inflation fears
Jun 2021
New York, NY, USA
Tony Ressler, co-founder and executive chairman of Ares Management, joins “Squawk Box” to discuss the highly anticipated decision from the Federal Reserve to keep interest rates unchanged, as well as its revision of 2021 inflation expectations to 3.4%.
Tony Ressler on Georgia Senate Runoffs, NBA Covid Precautions
Dec 2020
Tony Ressler, Ares Management executive chairman and principal owner and chair of the Atlanta Hawks, speaks with Bloomberg's David Westin on "Balance of Power" to discuss the Senate runoff elections in Georgia, the need for fiscal stimulus, and the NBA's Covid-19 precautions.
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Power of Ideas — Hope for 2021
“We hope the private sector can lead by example, as Ares has committed to do, in fostering diverse and inclusive workplaces—it’s good business and the right thing.” —Tony Ressler. The Power of Ideas series brings together a diverse group of influencers around a central theme, asking global leaders to convey their thoughts on building meaningful lives, driving shared prosperity, and more

Awards & Endorsements

Los Angeles Business Journal: LA500
Honoree, 2016-2020
Los Angeles, CA, USA
The LA500 list honors the most influential leaders and executives in Los Angeles. Each year’s collection of the leading figures from the city’s business community highlights the important work they have done.

Speaking Engagements

Hope Global Forums Annual Meeting
Panel Member
Oct 2020
Tony Ressler joins musician, actor, and businessman, T.I. and Special Business Correspondent, Stephanie Ruhle on a panel titled 'How the Private Sector Can Drive Economic Empowerment' at the 2020 Hope Global Forums Annual Meeting.

Charitable Interests

The Greatest Generation Foundation
Denver, CO, USA
The Greatest Generations Foundation is dedicated to honoring the sacrifices of veterans and ensuring that their legacies continue to live on and inspire.

Tony’s Education

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