Edward W. Wedbush (MBA ’57)

Edward W. Wedbush (MBA '57)

Edward WedbushEdward W. Wedbush is Founder and President of Wedbush Securities. From first year revenues of $659, Wedbush has grown to become the largest, full-service financial investment services and investment banking firm headquartered in the western United States, serving clients in nearly 100 registered offices nationwide.

In addition to his tenure at Wedbush Securities, Edward currently serves as Chairman of the Board of WEDBUSH, Inc. He is also a Founding Board Member of the Fink Center for Finance and Investments at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Board Member of the University of Cincinnati Foundation. He previously served as Chairman of the Board of The Pacific Stock Exchange (1976-1978), Director of the National Securities Clearing Corporation (1979-1982), Board Member of the Great American Bank (1987-1992), Chairman of the NYSE Regional Firms Advisory Committee (1987-1988), a Member of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (formerly Securities Industry Association), as well as, the Regional Firms Committee (1985-1995) and its Board of Directors (1988-1990). 

Edward was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement in Entrepreneurship Award from the University of Cincinnati (2010), as well as, the Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Greater Los Angeles (2006). He was honored as one of the University of California, Los Angeles' "100 Inspirational Alumni" (2011) and one of the "Most Admired CEOs" by the Los Angeles Business Journal (2010).

Edward holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and a Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from the University of California, Los Angeles. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Edward currently resides in Southern California with his wife Jean. In his spare time, he enjoys tennis, swimming, and spending time with his three children and ten grandchildren.