W. Russell Ramsey
Russ Ramsey is a successful entrepreneur, having built multi-billion dollar businesses primarily in the fields of investment banking and money management. He is most widely known as co-founder of Friedman, Billings, Ramsey Group (NDQ: FBR) in 1989, a top-ten investment bank for whom Ramsey was co-founder, President, and Co-Chief Executive Officer through 2001. In 2001 Ramsey founded Ramsey Asset Management, a long/short equity hedge fund manager based in the Washington, D.C. area, where he is Chairman, CEO, and CIO.
Mr. Ramsey serves The George Washington University as its Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Over the last several years he has overseen the creation and staffing of the University’s world-class investment office and played a critical role in helping the University surpass the $1-billion threshold in our endowment. He has also chaired several special Board committees such as the Presidential Search Committee which selected the 16th President of the University and Square 54, which oversaw the development and analysis of alternatives for monetizing a significant strategic financial asset for the university. Mr. Ramsey serves on the Council of Advisors of the National Geographic Society.
He attended The George Washington University School of Business on a baseball scholarship and earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in 1981. He is a native Washingtonian and lives with his wife Norma and their four children in Northern Virginia. Through the W. Russell and Norma G. Ramsey Foundation they are actively committed to philanthropic causes dedicated to at-risk families through education and health programs. The Ramseys are founding investors of Venture Philanthropy Partners, which has invested nearly $80 million in nonprofits in the DC Capital Area over the last 10 years.