NET WORTH: $1.61 billion
SOURCE OF WEALTH: Ares Management, cofounder; Apollo Global Management, cofounder
FUNDING AREAS: Education, LA Community
OVERVIEW: Antony Ressler and his wife Jami Gertz move their philanthropic contributions through the Ressler/Gertz Foundation. The couple's giving tends to stay in Los Angeles. Ressler serves as co chair of LACMA's board of trustees, and the museum has received steady support, as have other arts outfits. The couple also has a strong interest in education and Ressler is a founding board member of the Alliance for College Ready Public Schools, a group of charter high schools and middle schools based in Los Angeles.
BACKGROUND: Antony Ressler was born into a Jewish family. Ressler received his B.S.F.S. from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and received his M.B.A. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business. After school, he worked at Drexel Burnham Lambert, eventually serving as senior vice president in the High Yield Bond Department. In 1990, he cofounded the private equity firm Apollo Global Management with his brother-in-law Leon Black. Later in that decade, Ressler co-founded Ares Management. Ressler is married to Jami Gertz, an actress, and the couple lives in Los Angeles.
EDUCATION: Ressler and Gertz have been active in education, particularly in Los Angeles. Ressler is a founding board member of the Alliance for College Ready Public Schools, a group of charter high schools and middle schools based in Los Angeles. One of Alliance's charter schools is the Alliance Gertz-Ressler High School. The couple has also supported Homeboy Industries, which provides education, employment training and other programming for former gang-involved and incarcerated men and women. Money has also recently gone to City Year Los Angeles, Educators for Excellence, Junior Achievement of Southern California, and City Match.
The couple has also given large sums to Campbell Hall, and Ressler's alma mater, Georgetown University, and the Center for Early Education. As well, UCLA's Anderson School of Management has received support.
LA COMMUNITY: The couple's philanthropy centers on Los Angeles, where they've supported arts, health, and Jewish causes. Ressler is co-chair of the board of LACMA, which the couple steadily supports. Cedars Sinai received money, with more modest sums going to Peer Health Exchange in a recent year. The couple has also given to the Center for Discovery, which treats children and adults with significant disabilities, medical complexities and autism spectrum disorders. The couple has also strongly supported the Wilshire Boulevard Temple, and has given to the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Outside of Los Angeles, the couple has supported Friends of the Israel Defense Forces.
LOOKING FORWARD: It's also worth noting that a component of Ressler's philanthropy involves supporting athletics. Ressler recently purchased the Atlanta Hawks and is also minority owner of the Milwaukee Brewers. In recent years, the couple has given to New York Junior Tennis League, John Sepler Sports at Mar Vista, and the Sports Spectacular, which links "world-class athletes and innovative medical research to advance healthier futures for all." For now, the couple's philanthropy is focused on Los Angeles, but Ressler is only in his 50s, and may increase his philanthropy in the future.
The Resslers' foundation does not have a website and their clear avenue for approaching the couple for support, but an address is below.
16130 Ventura Blvd., Ste. 320
Encino, CA 91436