Tony Ressler is co-founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Ares Management, a publicly traded, leading global alternative asset-management firm. With approximately $100 billion in AUM, Ares operates three investment groups that invest in credit, private equity and real estate. Ares has approximately 900 employees, with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Stockholm and Shanghai. Ressler has served on several boards of directors of companies owned or controlled by Ares investment funds.
In the not-for-profit sector, Ressler serves as a member of the board of directors of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, as co-chair of the board for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and as a member of the board of trustees for Georgetown University. He is also one of the founding members of the board and finance co-chair of the Painted Turtle Camp (affiliated with Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Association), which serves children dealing with chronic and life-threatening illnesses by providing old-fashioned camping experiences.
In the public education sector, Ressler is a founder of the Alliance for College Ready Public Schools. Since 2004, the Alliance has grown to 28 free, public middle and high schools serving approximately 12,000 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 percent of Alliance graduates have gone on to college.
In June 2015, Ressler led a group of investors in the acquisition of the Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club, and he now serves as its principal owner and chairman of its board of advisors.
Ressler received his BSFS from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and received his MBA from Columbia University's Graduate School of Business.