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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Investment Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Orange
Favorite Food:
French Fries
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Rancho Santa Fe, California
Favorite Quote:
You have to have faith in people.

Birthplace

Born:
3/31/1958
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Investment Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Orange
Favorite Food:
French Fries
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Rancho Santa Fe, California
Favorite Quote:
You have to have faith in people.

Birthplace

Born:
3/31/1958
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Investment chief executive John W. Rogers, Jr. was born on March 31, 1958 in Chicago, Illinois to Jewel Lafontant Mankarious and Judge John Rogers, Sr. At an early age, he showed great aptitude in school as well as on the basketball court, and, because of his father, developed an interest in the stock market. Rogers graduated from the University of Chicago Laboratory School in 1976. He went on to Princeton University, where he served as captain of the varsity basketball team and graduated in 1980 with his A.B. degree in economics.

Upon graduation, Rogers became a stockbroker for William Blair & Company, LLC. In 1983, he left William Blair & Company and founded Ariel Investments (then Ariel Capital Management Corporation), an investment management company, where he became chairman and chief executive officer.

Rogers has served on the board of directors of Aon Corporation, Bank One Corporation, Burrell Communications Group, GATX Corporation, Exelon Corporation and McDonald's Corporation. He also has been active within the community, serving as chairman of the Chicago Urban League, board member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the National Association of Basketball Coaches Foundations, the Investment Company Institute and the University of Chicago. He served as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a director of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. In addition, Rogers served a six-year term as the first African American chairman of the Chicago Park District, was co-chair for President Barack Obama’s Presidential Inaugural Committee 2009, and chaired the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans.

In 1994, Time magazine voted Rogers one of the "Fifty For the Future" based upon the unprecedented success of Ariel Investments. In 2008, he was awarded Princeton University’s highest honor, the Woodrow Wilson Award. In 2013, he was featured alongside Warren Buffett, Sir John Templeton and Benjamin Graham in the book: The World’s 99 Greatest Investors by Magnus Angenfelt. In 2010, his life was honored by The HistoryMakers as part of the PBS-TV interview and taping of A Night With John Rogers.

John Rogers, Jr. was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on July 17, 2002.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of John Rogers, Jr. interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - John Roger's, Jr.'s favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - John Rogers, Jr. remembers his parents and grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - John Rogers, Jr. explains his personality as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - John Rogers, Jr.discusses his childhood homelife and sports interests
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - John Rogers, Jr. recalls the sense of community surrounding him in Chicago while growing up
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - John Rogers, Jr. contrasts socioeconomic status and wealth in his neighborhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - John Rogers, Jr. expresses his hopes to become a basketball coach
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - John Rogers, Jr. remembers his father's teachings and influence
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - John Rogers, Jr. discusses his first job at Comiskey Park
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - John Rogers, Jr. explains his personal growth when moving into high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - John Rogers, Jr. discusses his decision to attend Princeton University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - John Rogers, Jr. remembers life lessons learned on the Princeton University basketball team
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - John Rogers, Jr. talks about the Princeton University style of basketball
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - John Roger's Jr. tells of his relationship with Princeton Basketball Coach Pete Carril
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - John Rogers, Jr. discusses the art of teaching teamwork
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - John Rogers, Jr. talks about Coach Pete Carril's career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - John Rogers, Jr. briefly tells of relationships with his Princeton teammates
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - John Rogers, Jr. describes his transition from college into the stock market
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - John Rogers, Jr. details the start of his investment career at William Blair & Company
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - John Rogers, Jr. discusses stategies for acquiring his first clients
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - John Rogers, Jr. recalls his decision to go to business school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - John Rogers, Jr. explains branching off and starting his own company
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - John Rogers, Jr. talks about his business strategies and influences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - John Rogers, Jr. discusses his abilities as a patient investor
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - John Rogers, Jr. tells of recruiting the development team at Ariel Capital Management Company
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - John Rogers, Jr. remembers Ariel Capital Management Company's early successes
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Photo - John Rogers, Jr. with Mayor Richard M. Daley and Mellody Hobson, ca. 1990s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Photo - John Rogers, Jr. with Laurel Stradford and Hon. John W. Rogers, Sr., 2000
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Photo - John Rogers, Jr. with Tom Burrell, Earl Graves, Robert Crandall and John H. Johnson, Chicago, Illinois, not dated
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Photo - John Rogers, Jr., not dated
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Photo - John Rogers, Jr. with Arne Duncan and Bob Love, ca. 1996
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Photo - John Rogers, Jr. with daughter Victoria, ca. 1998
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Photo - John Rogers, Jr. with his daughter Victoria, ca. 1998
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Photo - John Rogers, Jr. with Rev. Jesse Jackson and daughter Victoria, ca. 1997
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Photo - John Rogers, Jr. with Dr. Gwendolyn and Hon. John Rogers, Sr., 2000
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Photo - John Rogers, Jr. after receiving an award from the NMSDC, ca. 1999
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Photo - John Rogers, Jr. playing basketball with Michael Jordan, ca. 1993-1995
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Photo - John Rogers, Jr. with Pete Carril, Roger Schmitt, Bill Jordan, Craig Robinson and two unidentified men, United Center, Chicago, Illinois, ca. 1998-1999
  • Tape: 4 Story: 13 - Photo - John Rogers, Jr. with three unidentified NBA referees, United Center, Chicago, Illinois, ca. 1996
  • Tape: 4 Story: 14 - Photo - John Rogers, Jr. with daughter Victoria, 1995
  • Tape: 4 Story: 15 - Photo - John Rogers, Jr., ca. 2000-2002
  • Tape: 4 Story: 16 - Photo - John Rogers, Jr. with Carol Moseley Brauh, Victoria Rogers and Melba Pryor, ca. 1993
  • Tape: 4 Story: 17 - Photo - John Rogers, Jr. and Dr. Lucinda Lee Katz, Chicago, Illinois, ca. 1997
  • Tape: 4 Story: 18 - Photo - John Rogers, Jr. with U.S. President Bill Clinton and U.S. Senator Carol Moseley Braun, 1996-1997
  • Tape: 4 Story: 19 - Photo - John Rogers, Jr. with U.S. President Bill Clinton and U.S. Senator Carol Moseley Braun, ca. 1996-1997
  • Tape: 4 Story: 20 - Photo - John Rogers, Jr. with his mother Jewel Stradford Lafontant, not dated
  • Tape: 4 Story: 21 - Photo - John Rogers, Jr. with his stepbrother, mother and stepsister, ca. 1986-1987
  • Tape: 4 Story: 22 - Photo - John Rogers, Jr. as a child, ca. 1959-1961
  • Tape: 4 Story: 23 - Photo - John Rogers, Jr. and U.S. Senator Carol Moseley Braun, not dated
  • Tape: 4 Story: 24 - Photo - John Rogers, Jr.'s mother Jewel Stradford Lafontant, not dated
  • Tape: 4 Story: 25 - Photo - John Rogers, Jr. with his daughter and two unidentified students, 2000
  • Tape: 4 Story: 26 - Photo - John Rogers, Jr. and Louis Rukeyser on the set of 'Wall Street Week', 2001
  • Tape: 4 Story: 27 - Photo - John Rogers Jr.'s father, ca. 1931-1932
  • Tape: 4 Story: 28 - Slating of the second part of John Rogers, Jr.'s interview
  • Tape: 4 Story: 29 - John Rogers, Jr. recalls landing large accounts for Ariel Mutual Fund
  • Tape: 4 Story: 30 - John Rogers, Jr. discusses Ariel Capital Management's growth
  • Tape: 4 Story: 31 - John Rogers, Jr. remembers black politcal leaders who backed Ariel
  • Tape: 4 Story: 32 - John Rogers, Jr. talks about other advice he received in the building of his company
  • Tape: 4 Story: 33 - John Rogers, Jr. explains how the Ariel Board was founded
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - John Rogers, Jr. describes his parents' roles in his early career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - John Rogers, Jr. recalls a pivotal business opportunity in 1987
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - John Rogers, Jr. recalls personnel changes at Ariel Capital Management Company in the late 1980s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - John Rogers, Jr. discusses the emergence of business competitors
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - John Rogers, Jr. discusses his civic involvement
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - John Rogers, Jr. discusses his business strategy for Ariel Capital Management
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - John Rogers, Jr. discusses his time as president of the Chicago Park District Board
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - John Rogers, Jr. describes changes he made in the Chicago Park District
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - John Rogers, Jr. reflects on his six-year term as chairman of the Chicago Park District
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - John Rogers, Jr. explains lessons he learned while chairman of the Chicago Park District
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - John Rogers, Jr. discusses the origins of the Ariel Community Academy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - John Rogers, Jr. disucsses how Ariel Captial Management Company transitioned into the mutual fund industry
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - John Rogers, Jr. explains how Ariel Capital Managment Company partnered with the Calvert Group
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - John Rogers, Jr. talks about Ariel Capital Managment Company's slow and steady growth
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - John Rogers, Jr. speaks about integral employees of Ariel Capital Management Company
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - John Rogers, Jr. discusses market trends
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - John Rogers, Jr. considers his future plans
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - John Rogers, Jr. explains the rise of the public's interest in investing in the stock market
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - John Rogers, Jr. swithches political party affiliation
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - John Rogers, Jr. describes his commitment to minority recruitment in corporations
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - John Rogers, Jr. expresses his hopes and concerns for the black community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - John Rogers, Jr. considers his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - John Rogers, Jr. discusses his family's values