Joe Mansueto

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Joseph D. Mansueto (born September 3, 1956 in Munster, Indiana)[1] is the founder and CEO of Morningstar, Inc.. In 2011, his majority ownership of Morningstar gained him inclusion on the Forbes World's Billionaires list, with a net worth at time of publication of $1.6 billion.[2]

Education[edit]

Mansueto attended Munster High School[3] and graduated from the University of Chicago with Bachelor of Arts/Science and Master of Business Administration degrees.

Career[edit]

In 1984, Mansueto founded Morningstar out of his home[1] with $80,000. Morningstar went public in May 2005.[1]

Mansueto purchased the financial magazines Inc. and Fast Company in June 2005.[1] He was a limited partner in the publication of entertainment magazine Time Out Chicago from 2005 to 2013.[4]

Mansueto owned about 60.4% of Morningstar common stock as of June 2008.[5]

Philanthropy[edit]

Rather than going on boards, Mansueto prefers to just chat with people to help with a specific task. "It's a better use of my time, rather than sitting through long board meetings," Mansueto has said.[6] In May 2008, it was announced that Joseph and his wife Rika pledged $25 million to the expansion of the main University of Chicago library. The new wing, called the Joe and Rika Mansueto Library, designed by Chicago-based architect Helmut Jahn opened to the public on May 16, 2011.

In December 2010, Mansueto became the only Chicagoan on the list of American billionaires pledging to give away half of their wealth,[7] as part of a campaign by Warren Buffett.[8]

Personal[edit]

Manuseto married Japanese American Rika Yoshida, a Morningstar analyst, in 1988. She has said it took her five dates to realise he was genuinely "nice and kind", rather than being on his best behavior while they got to know each other.[6] They have three children and live in a Lincoln Park condominium. Mansueto keeps strict work hours, 8:30 a.m. to 5 or 6 p.m., with an occasional Saturday at the office. He enjoys early morning jogs along Lake Michigan and reading the occasional annual report. Mansueto's younger brother John died in 2003 of West Nile virus.[1]

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