John W. Rogers, Jr.
Chairman, CEO & Chief Investment Officer
Lead Portfolio Manager
Ariel Small and Small/Mid Cap Value Products and Ariel Fund
Ariel Mid Cap Value Product and Ariel Appreciation Fund
John’s passion for investing started when he was 12 years old when his father bought him stocks every birthday and every Christmas instead of toys. His interest grew while majoring in economics at Princeton University. After graduation, he worked as a stockbroker for 2½ years at William Blair & Company, LLC—a regional investment banking firm. In 1983, John founded Ariel Investments to focus on undervalued small and medium-sized companies. Patience served as the cornerstone of a disciplined approach that still drives the firm today. Beyond Ariel, John is a regular financial contributor to Forbes Magazine and currently serves as a board member of Exelon Corporation and McDonald’s Corporation. Additionally, he is a trustee of both the Nathan Cummings Foundation and the University of Chicago, where he chairs the board of the University of Chicago Laboratory School. John is also a director of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. In 2008, he was awarded Princeton University’s highest honor, the Woodrow Wilson Award, presented each year to the alumnus whose career embodies a commitment to national service. Following the election of President Barack Obama, John served as co-chair for the Presidential Inaugural Committee 2009. In 2013, he was featured alongside legendary investors Warren Buffett, Sir John Templeton and Benjamin Graham in the distinguished book: The World’s 99 Greatest Investors by Magnus Angenfelt. John received an AB in economics from Princeton University where he was also captain of the varsity basketball team.