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Tony Ressler

Co-Founder & Executive Chairman

Ares Management Corporation

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Tony Ressler


Tony Ressler is Co-Founder of Ares Management and currently serves as its Executive Chairman. Since its founding in 1997, Ares has grown to become a leading global alternative asset manager with over $144 billion of assets under management, focusing on private equity, real estate, and credit. Headquartered in Los Angeles, Ares has offices across the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

In addition to his role as Executive Chairman, Tony serves as Chairman of the Ares Executive Management Committee. He is also 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 founding Ares, Tony Co-founded Apollo Global Management in 1990 and led 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 led the group in its ownership role of the Atlanta Hawks, the Atlanta Hawks Foundation, the College Park Skyhawks, and the Hawks Talon GC.

Tony is very active in the non-profit sector. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Co-Chair of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) Board of Trustees. He is also one of the founding Board members of the Painted Turtle Camp, a southern California-based organization (affiliated with Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Association) that provides camping opportunities for sick children and their families.

An alumnus of Georgetown University, where he also serves on the Board of Trustees, Tony earned a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service. He continued his education after Georgetown, earning an MBA from Columbia University.

Tony Ressler’s Newsfeed

Hawks Owner Takes Out Full-Page Ad For Vince Carter

On Sunday, Atlanta Hawks owner Tony Ressler took out a full-page ad in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Ressler thanked Vince Carter for his extraordinary career and for being a mentor to the team’s younger players. “On behalf of the Atlanta Hawks and all our fans, we want to thank you spending the last two years of your extraordinary career with us,” Ressler said. “I speak for myself, and know that Steve, Travis and Lloyd echo these sentiments – you have been an invaluable mentor to our young players, a remarkable member of the Atlanta community and an outstanding role model to our organization.”

Hawks Partner With City of Atlanta to Fight Hunger

"The Hawks have partnered with State Farm, the city of Atlanta, and Goodr, a local startup geared toward fighting hunger in Atlanta, to help provide food for those who need it during the ongoing novel coronavirus crisis... Hawks principal owners Tony Ressler and Jami Gertz matched the contributions with donations of their own."

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Tony Ressler’s Background

Co-Founder & Executive Chairman
1997 - Present
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Founded in 1997, Ares Management Corporation (NYSE:ARES) is one of the largest global alternative asset managers, with three complementary and market leading investment groups: credit, private equity and real estate. Ares has approximately $137 billion in assets under management as of March 31, 2019.
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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Current Non-Executive Positions

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.
Member of the Board of Trustees
Washington, DC, USA
Georgetown University is one of the world's leading academic and research institutions, offering a unique educational experience.


Member of the 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.
2004 - Present
Santa Monica, CA, USA
The Painted Turtle is a camp where seriously ill children can reclaim the joys of childhood. A member of Paul Newman’s renowned SeriousFun Camps (formerly the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps),The Painted Turtle has served over 59,000 children and their families through its Summer & Family Weekend camps since it opened in 2004.

Tony Ressler’s Education