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Antony Ressler

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Antony “Tony” Ressler is an American businessman and the co-founder of Apollo Global Management, a successful private equity firm. Born to a Jewish family in 1960, Ressler received a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and an MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of Business. Upon graduation he went to work for Drexel Burnham Lambert, eventually becoming Senior Vice President of the Firm. In 1990 he co-founded his first business, Apollo Global Management. Headquartered in New York City, Apollo also has offices in Los Angeles, Houston, London, Frankfurt, Luxembourg, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Mumbai.

In 1997 Ressler founded another company, Ares Management, which is a publicly traded global alternative asset management firm. In 2005 Ressler was a part of an investment group (along with his brother) that purchased Major League Baseball’s Milwaukee Brewers. In 2015, Ressler (along with Grant Hill) purchased the National Basketball Association’s Atlanta Hawks.

In 2015, the company was managing more than $162 billion of investor commitment, including real estate funds and private equity. Some of the most notable companies owned by Apollo include Norwegian Cruise Line, American Idol, and Claire’s.

Ressler also has his hand in numerous philanthropic ventures, including the Painted Turtle Camp, a foundation that takes children with chronic illnesses on outdoor adventures and camping trips.

Sources used to write this profile include an April 2014 article with Bloomberg, a Forbes profile, and an Inside Philanthropy article.

Companies and Investments

Apollo Global Management (Co-Founder), Ares Management (Co-Founder), Atlanta Hawks (Co-Owner), Milwaukee Brewers (Minority Owner), Painted Turtle Camp (Co-Founder)

Lessons Learned

Give back to your community whenever possible. Taking a philanthropic approach to your personal and professional life is a must, especially once you have been met with success.

Make sure you are as hands-on as possible with your business. It is important to delegate tasks, but not too much.

Bring out the best in others and inspire those around you to do good.

Starting and running an established business is all about your attitude and how you approach others.

Inspiring Quotes

Antony Ressler's Quotes

A number of us wanted to focus on building our capital-markets business and a private equity business focused on middle-market companies. Since then, Apollo rebuilt its credit business; it is a fabulous firm.

Antony Ressler

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