John S. Long is widely acknowledged as one of the industry leaders in real estate investment today. He founded Highridge Partners in 1978 on a platform of fundamental investment principles, underscored by "KNOWLEDGE EQUALS STRENGTH®", which have formed the company's investment approach and made Mr. Long's views a bellwether for the real estate industry. Mr. Long relies on a disciplined, analytical approach to invest in undervalued and often contrarian opportunities. Through independent but related operating companies, Highridge is able to implement value-added programs, and to divest profitably at stabilized market prices. Mr. Long's strategies have enabled Highridge to navigate through multiple real estate cycles and to record an extraordinary performance - across an investment portfolio of more than $9.5 billion with average annual returns in excess of 20% on equity over three decades.
Under Mr. Long's leadership, Highridge has successfully invested in all product types including office, industrial, self-storage, retail, entertainment, hotels, apartments, condominiums, single family homes and mixed use projects. Highridge's reach is global with on the ground investment expertise in Europe as well as the United States. Highridge and its team of veteran executives which head the affiliated operating companies are experienced and equipped to take advantage of the vast array of real estate related opportunities, including acquisition, development, redevelopment, financing and direct investments in private operating companies. In 2010, Highridge expanded into the affordable housing marketplace by establishing Highridge Costa Housing Partners with a portfolio of 26,000 multi-family rental units throughout the U.S. Mr. Long is also the co-founder, along with Oscar De La Hoya, of Golden Boy Partners, an investment company focused on Latino related real estate opportunities.
Working in an industry that is resistant to change, Mr. Long has sought to encourage the intellectual power of academics to pursue research and industry initiatives that would lead to redefining the role of real estate in the 21st century. To further this effort, Mr. Long established the Ziman Center for Real Estate at UCLA in 2000, and serves as its Founding Chairman. In 2010 Mr. Long expanded his focus onto global business relations, research, and education by founding the Long U.S.-China Institute for Business and Law at UCI. This institute will be anchored by bi-lateral relationships between the University of California schools and the leading universities in China to study, teach, and provide relevant industry research and tools for bridging Sino-American business relations.
Mr. Long's career started with international homebuilder KB Home. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from UCLA and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School. Mr. Long currently serves on the Board of Governors at the UCLA Foundation, the Board of Visitors for the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and the Advisory Board of the Asia Society of Southern California. Mr. Long is also a member of the Committee of 100, a non-partisan organization dedicated to issues concerning Asian Americans and U.S.-China relations.