Dean's Distinguished Speaker Series

Throughout the year, titans of the business world are invited to share their journey and offer insights to students looking to innovate and make change in their chosen field.


Larry Fink, (B.A. ’74, ’76)


CEO & Chairman

Larry Fink

Wednesday, May 17, 2018

Laurence D. Fink is founder, chairman and chief executive officer of BlackRock, Inc. He also leads the firm’s global executive committee. He and seven partners founded BlackRock in 1988, and under his leadership, the firm has grown into a global leader in investment management, risk management and advisory services for institutional and retail clients. Today, the firm is trusted to manage more money than any other investment firm in the world. Fink was named one of the “World’s Most Respected Leaders” by Fortune in 2016, “CEO of the Decade” by Financial News in 2011, and one of the “World’s Best CEO’s” by Barron’s for 11 consecutive years. Prior to founding BlackRock in 1988, Fink was a member of the management committee and a managing director of The First Boston Corporation. During his tenure at First Boston, he was co-head of the taxable fixed income division, which was responsible for trading and distribution of all government, mortgage and corporate securities. Fink serves as a member of the board of trustees of New York University and is co- chairman of the NYU Langone Medical Center board of trustees. He also serves on the boards of the Museum of Modern Art, the Council on Foreign Relations and The Nature Conservancy. He is also an executive committee member of the Partnership for New York City. He earned an MBA, with a concentration in real estate, from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1976 and a B.A. in political science from UCLA in 1974.       


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