Ryan Brown
Ryan
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Vice president,
Goldman Sachs & Co.

Fast Facts

  • Founded a web design company in high school that helped pay for his college education.
  • Has skydived over the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and bungee jumped into a rain forest.
  • Dream dinner party guests: Warren Buffett, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs.

Ryan Brown is in his 10th year at Goldman Sachs, where he advises ultra-high-net-worth individuals such as founders of multibillion-dollar businesses and professional athletes.

“We have under-40 clients running successful unicorn businesses, and they’ve found it pretty nice to have an adviser who is a similar age,” said Mr. Brown, whose average client account size ranges from $10 million to $60 million.

Because advising, like most sports, requires a team, he equates his work to playing soccer locally in a men’s league in Santa Monica.

“There’s 11 people on a soccer field working together to achieve an objective,” said Mr. Brown, who started playing the sport when he was just 4 years old. “It’s no different than Goldman Sachs where, without my colleagues, it would be tough to support and ensure my clients’ happiness.”

In addition to being a Goldman Sachs partner on the senior team in Los Angeles with more than $2 billion in assets under management, Mr. Brown acts as a mentor through the U.S. Soccer Foundation.

“It’s wonderful to see children who are underserved using sports as an educational tool for life,” he said.

— Juliette Fairley

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