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Richard Bernstein

CEO, Richard Bernstein Advisors

Richard Bernstein is the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Richard Bernstein Advisors LLC.

Mr. Bernstein founded Richard Bernstein Advisors LLC (RBA) in 2009. The firm utilizes a top-down approach to investing, focusing on macro trends rather than individual stock selection. Mr. Bernstein has over 35 years' experience on Wall Street, most recently as the Chief Investment Strategist at Merrill Lynch & Co. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch in 1988, he held positions at E.F. Hutton and Chase Econometrics/IDC.

Mr.Bernstein was voted to Institutional Investor magazine's annual "All-America Research Team" eighteen times, and is one of only fifty seven analysts inducted into the Institutional Investor "Hall of Fame". He was also twice named to both Fortune magazine's "All-Star Analysts" and to Smart Money magazine's Power30," and was a member of Registered Rep's "Ten to Watch" for 2012. He has written two books, "Style Investing: Unique Insight into Equity Management" and "Navigate the Noise: Investing in the New Age of Media and Hype".

Mr.Bernstein is Co-Chair of the Alfred P.Sloan Foundation endowment's investment committee (~$2.0 billion) and sits on the Hamilton College endowment's investment committee (~$1 billion); he is a trustee of both institutions. He is also a former adjunct professor of finance at the NYU/Stern Graduate School of Business, and is a member of the Journal of Portfolio Management's Advisory Committee.

Rich holds an M.B.A. in finance,with Beta Gamma Sigma distinction, from New York University, and a B.A. in economics from Hamilton College. He has lectured on finance and economics at numerous colleges, universities and professional forums.