1937 in North Bergen, N.J.
Chairman and CEO, W.L. Ross & Co., private equity firm specializing in distressed investments.
Yale, BA, English lit.; Harvard MBA with distinction.
Began by liquidating a small venture-capital portfolio for investment bank Wood, Struthers & Winthrop. Later worked as airlines industry securities analyst. Spent 24 years at Rothschild as bankruptcy specialist before setting up own firm in early 2000.
Two grown daughters from first marriage; one grandson. Married former New York Lieutenant Governor Betsy McCaughey in 1995; filed for divorce in 1998--but not before withdrawing his money from her ill-fated gubernatorial campaign.
Tennis player; avid collector of contemporary photographs; big Democratic Party donor. Set a U.S. rifle shooting record in high school.