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Los Angeles, CA, USA

Co-Founder & Executive Chairman

Ares Management Corporation

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.

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Atlanta Hawks and Delta Unveil the New Delta SKY360° Club at the Award-Winning State Farm Arena

Hawks Principal Owners Tony Ressler and Jami Gertz, Delta’s EVP and Chief People Office Joanne Smith, and Hawks CEO Steve Koonin were among those on hand to officially reintroduce the space to fans and the media with a special ribbon-ceremony and champagne toast. 

The Atlanta Hawks and State Farm® Rally 5,000 Volunteers to Surpass the One Million Meal Mark

Hawks Principal Owners Tony Ressler and Jami Gertz, State Farm Senior Vice President Dan Krause, Hawks CEO Steve Koonin, and NBA Hall of Famer and Hawks Legend Dominique Wilkins were joined by Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) to welcome and thank participants earlier in the day for donating their time in support of the Million Meal Pack. 

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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