October 04, 2013

UCLA Anderson Reunites Two of the World’s Most Influential Money Managers

Alumni Bill Gross ('71) and Larry Fink ('76) agree: default is not an option

LOS ANGELES (Oct. 4, 2013) -  The world's largest bond mutual fund manager and the world's largest asset manager -PIMCO's Bill Gross, founder and co-chief investment officer, and Larry Fink, chairman and chief executive of BlackRock Inc. - were reunited for an evening of discussion on national, international and governmental issues  at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA, on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013.  In addition to sharing their perspectives on global economic and financial markets, the two UCLA Anderson School of Management alumni focused their conversation on an emerging concern:  a new workforce that may be ill prepared to respond to the needs of advancing technology and the demands of future economies.  

The exclusive hour-long event, sponsored by UCLA Anderson, was moderated by CNBC's Brian Sullivan and streamed online by the network on Oct. 3, 2013.  Video highlights of the event are available on UCLA Anderson's event page at: http://www.anderson.ucla.edu/finkgross.    

The conversation covered a wide range of topics, including the pair's bullish enthusiasm for investment in Mexico and the nation's education crisis. Fink discussed the "death of long-termism," a phenomena that sees corporate CEOs focused predominantly on short-term gains rather than long-term growth. Gross concurred, also commenting on the impact of low interest rates.    

"We live in a world with artificially depressed interest rates that lead to artificially depressed returns [on investment]," Gross said.    

"We heard from two industry icons who expressed confidence in the U.S.'s resource-rich economy, as well as in the financial resilience of large banks today," says Judy Olian, dean of UCLA Anderson School of Management. "It's obvious why Bill and Larry, who are a source of pride to the Anderson school, continue to shape financial markets around the world."      

Bill Gross, who manages the world's largest bond fund at Pacific Investment Management Co, (PIMCO) has been called "the nation's most prominent bond investor" by The New York Times and "the consigliore to the world's financial elite" by Forbes, (who counted him among "the world's most powerful people" in 2009 and 2010). Gross co-founded PIMCO and currently manages its Total Return fund, the world's largest mutual fund and is responsible for nearly $2 trillion worldwide. A former blackjack pro, Gross has said he still applies many of the principles learned then for spreading risk and calculating odds to his investment decisions. He is the author of two popular books on investing, "Bill Gross on Investing" and "Everything You've Heard About Investing Is Wrong." Gross has been a keynote at UCLA Anderson events and a commencement speaker. He is a noted philanthropist and a generous donor to our school.    

Larry Fink, chairman and CEO of BlackRock, has been named one of the "World's Best CEOs" by Barron's each year since 2005, and distinguished as one of the most respected   people in finance by the Financial Times, Forbes, Fortune and SmartMoney.  He received UCLA Anderson's 2007 Distinguished Alumni Award and has been a major player in the financial industry since earning his MBA in 1976.  Since BlackRock's inception in 1988, Mr. Fink has kept client centric solutions and innovation at the forefront of his leadership, building a once small fixed income boutique into a global asset manager with more than 9,000 employees in 27 countries.  A renowned philanthropist, Mr. Fink's generous leadership and financial contributions led to the school naming the Laurence and Lori Fink Center for Finance and Investment in his honor.    

About UCLA Anderson School of Management    

UCLA Anderson School of Management is among the leading business schools in the world, with faculty members globally renowned for their teaching excellence and research in advancing management thinking. Located in Los Angeles, gateway to the growing economies of Latin America and Asia and a city that personifies innovation in a diverse range of endeavors, UCLA Anderson's MBA, Fully-Employed MBA, Executive MBA, Global Executive MBA for Asia Pacific, Global Executive MBA for the Americas, Master of Financial Engineering, doctoral and executive education programs embody the school's Think In The Next ethos.  Here some 1,800 students annually are trained to be global leaders seeking the business models and community solutions of tomorrow. Follow UCLA Anderson on Twitter at http://twitter.com/UCLAAnderson, or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/uclaanderson.     

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