Ariel was founded by John W. Rogers Jr. in 1983, who is Chairman and CEO of the company. Mellody Hobson has been president of the company since May 2000. The company employs 83 people, with the employees and the board owning 92.6% of the company. It has over $9 billion under management.
Ariel is a minority owned investment company It claims to be the largest minority-owned investment firm. The company also supports the African American Community of Bronzeville by giving its support to non-for-profits such as The Renaissance Collaborative.
- Dow Jones Newswires, February 19, 2013, TIP SHEET: Ariel Fund Well Positioned for Economic Upturn
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- "About Ariel". Ariel Investments. Retrieved 2013-06-24.