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Jan 8, 2018

Of the 525 US Stock Mutual Funds that existed 30 years ago, only 223 are still operating today & only six are run by the same manager. One of those six remaining managers is our guest today, Mr. John Rogers Jr.

John W. Rogers, Jr. is Founder, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Ariel Investments, which is the largest minority lead mutual fund in the country. Headquartered in Chicago, the firm offers six no-load mutual funds for individual investors and defined contribution plans as well as separately managed accounts for institutions and high net worth individuals. Together they manage some $12 billion in assets. 

On this episode we discussed: How John's parents impacted and influenced his goals growing up - How much of John's success in business he credited to his time playing basketball - What's still driving John in the work he's doing with Ariel some 34 years after he started the company - How he balances success and humility - Why John loves leading people - One of his biggest failures - The most important habits or traits that young minority leaders need to develop to become great leaders - the most common financial mistakes we've been making as investors - Stocks that John likes heading into 2018 - How much time John spends each day or week reading and learning and thinking - Books John has read and recommends we read - The One action John thinks we should take right now that will help us on our own journey to blaze our trail

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