George Russell is an international philanthropist and investment executive who is the grandson of Frank Russell. He joined Frank Russell Company in 1958 and took over as its CEO shortly after his grandfather died. He served as CEO until 1992.
He serves as director emeritus of Russell Investment Management, LLC.
George Russell was a recent graduate of Harvard Business School when he took over Frank Russell Company. He pioneered the business of pension consulting in the late 1960s. He was an advocate for diversified global investing and in 1993 was named, along with Warren Buffett, as one of the four most influential people in the world of institutional investing.
When George took over Frank Russell Company, it was just him and one part-time secretary. He grew the firm into one of the world's leading investment advisory firms by the time he sold it to Northwestern Mutual Life in 1999.
He served as chairman of the company from 1958 until 1999.
In 1984, Frank Russell Company created the Russell Indexes, which went global in 2007 with the introduction of Russell Global Indexes.
George created The George F. Russell, Jr. Fund to support nonprofits that reflect his lifelong interests, including "the promotion of globalization, the destruction of nuclear waste, strengthening U.S.-Russian relations, ground-level humanitarian projects, and bridging the current divide between Muslims and non-Muslims in America."
Russell holds a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University and a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
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