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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 & Executive Chairman of Ares Management Corporation, a publicly traded, leading global alternative asset management firm. With approximately $207 billion in AUM as of March 31, 2021. Ares operates three investment groups that invest in credit, private equity and real estate. Ares has approximately 1,445 employees with over 25 offices across the US, Europe, Asia and Australia. Tony has served on several boards of companies owned or controlled by Ares investment funds.

In the not-for-profit sector, Tony serves as as Co-Chair of the Board of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and is one of the founders and former board member of the Painted Turtle Camp, which is affiliated with Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Association. Painted Turtle serves children dealing with chronic and life-threatening illnesses by providing memorable camping experiences.

In the public education sector, Tony is a Founder & former Chairman of the Alliance for College Ready Public Schools. Since 2004, the Alliance has grown to 28 free, public middle and high schools serving approximately 13,000 students from LA’s poorest communities with historically underperforming schools. Four Alliance schools have been named California Distinguished Schools, and three are ranked in the top 10 of all Los Angeles Unified School District schools. More than 90% of Alliance graduates have gone on to college.

In June 2015, Tony led the acquisition of the Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club and serves as its Principal Owner and Chairman of its Board of Advisors. He also serves at a Senior Advisor to the Hawks Foundation, a not for profit organization focused on building bridges with the metro Atlanta community through basketball.

Tony holds a BSFS degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and received his MBA from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business.

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Operation Hope Announces Return Of 8th Annual Hope Global Forum Annual Meeting 2021 In Atlanta

Tony Ressler joins a distinguished list of speakers at the celebrated event. With the theme "Meeting the Moment," the annual meeting will examine key social and cultural issues, including Racial and Economic Inclusion and Small Business Success.

Atlanta Hawks Might Be ‘Light-Years Ahead’ With Their Team-Building Strategy

This article discusses the strategic approach that owner Tony Ressler and the Atlanta Hawks front office has utilized in their goal to build a perennial contender in the NBA.

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Tony’s Background

Ares Management Corporation
Co-Founder & Executive Chairman
1997 - Present
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Since its founding in 1997, Ares Management Corporation, a global alternative asset manager, has grown into one of the largest in the world, leading in three complementary market investment groups: private equity, credit, and real estate.
Atlanta Hawks Basketball Team
Chairman/CEO & Controlling Owner, ATL Investco Board
2015 - Present
Atlanta, GA, USA
The Atlanta Hawks compete in the NBA's Eastern Conference Southeast Division. The Hawks play their home games at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, GA. ATL Investco, the owner of the Hawks, also owns the Atlanta Hawks Foundation, the Hawks Talon GC, and College Park Skyhawks.
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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.
Co-Chair, Board of Trustees
2005 - Present
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art is the largest art museum in the western U.S., with a collection of nearly 140,000 objects illuminating 6,000 years of artistic expression across the globe. Tony was named co-chair with Elaine Wynn in 2015.

Previous Board Positions

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Board of Directors
2009 - 2019
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.
Georgetown University
Board of Trustees
2014 - 2019
Washington, DC, USA
Georgetown University offers unique educational experiences as a world leader in both academic instruction and research.


Alliance for College Ready Public Schools
Founder & Fmr. Chairman
Los Angeles, CA, USA
The Alliance for College Ready Public Schools operates and networks a number of small, high-performing high and middle schools in underserved communities in California. The Alliance aims to promote academic achievement and growth in underperforming schools in those communities and turn their students into the next generation of college-bound graduates.
The Promise Homes Company
Founding Partner | Investment Committee
2017 - Present
Atlanta, GA, USA
Launched in May 2017 and one of the largest collection of minority-owned institutional-quality, single-family rental properties in the U.S, The Promise Homes Company is focused on the working and middle class communities.
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Hawks owner Tony Ressler on postseason success: 'The bar has gone up'
Jul 2021
Atlanta, GA, USA
Tony Ressler, principal owner of the Hawks, spoke on a range of topics including the memorable 2020- 2021 season, John Collins’ present situation, and maintaining success across the organization.
Ares co-founder Tony Ressler on Fed’s recent comments, inflation fears
Jun 2021
New York, NY, USA
On “Squawk Box,” the executive chairman and co-founder of Ares Management, Tony Ressler discusses the Federal Reserve’s revision of 2021 inflation expectations and its highly anticipated decision to leave interest rates unchanged.
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Ressler Gertz Family Foundation and Hawks Investing $40 Million in Atlanta, Bolstering Economic Empowerment in Black Community
Oct 2020
Atlanta, GA, USA
In partnership with the Atlanta Hawks, the philanthropic wing of Hawks owners Tony Ressler & Jami Gertz implemented a long-term and comprehensive plan that would provide Black-owned businesses and entrepreneurs throughout Atlanta with financial, educational, and marketing resources as part of a drive to encourage greater economic opportunity.


Power of Ideas — Hope for 2021
The Power of Ideas series organizes a diverse group of influencers centering around a single theme and invites global leaders to speak on subjects such as building meaningful lives and encouraging shared prosperity.

Awards & Endorsements

Los Angeles Business Journal: LA500
Honoree, 2016-2020
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Each year, a collection of leading figures from the Los Angeles business community are honoured for their most important work with their inclusion on the LA500 list.

Speaking Engagements

M&A South 2021
Featured Speaker
Feb 2021
M&A South presents opportunities for deal makers such as senior lenders, intermediaries, corporate development officers, lawyers and accountants to meet with top private equity and mezzanine capital providers. It is considered the premier networking event for middle-market deal making and participants of all facets of corporate growth.
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.

Press Releases

Atlanta Hawks owner Tony Ressler on $5B Gulch development: "We're full steam ahead"
Apr 2021
Atlanta, GA, USA
Tony Ressler, Principal Owner of the Atlanta Hawks, officially introduced Centennial Yards on April 27th. Ressler said the $5 billion redevelopment of the 50-acre historic “Gulch” area’s “Number one objective... is bringing true vitality to downtown,” and that the project would bring “business, entertainment, affordable housing and good jobs.”

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