Goldman Sachs & Co.
- 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