Wilbur Ross, as chairman and CEO of WL Ross & Company, may be the best known turnaround financier in the US, having been involved in the restructuring of over $200 billion of defaulted companies’ assets around the world. In 1998, Fortune magazine called him "the King of Bankruptcy." In 1999, President Kim Dae Jung awarded Ross a medal for his help during Korea’s 1998 financial crisis. He is a former chairman of the Smithsonian National Board. Earlier, President Clinton had appointed him to the board of the U.S.-Russia Investment Fund, and he served as privatization advisor to Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. Ross serves on the executive committee of the New York City Partnership and of the Japan Society and is a member of the Chairman’s Circle of the US-India Business Council. Ross holds an AB from Yale University and an MBA, with distinction, from Harvard University.
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