George Zoley

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George Zoley
Born George Christopher Zoley
(1950-02-07) February 7, 1950 (age 67)
Florina, Greece
Nationality American
Alma mater Florida Atlantic University
Nova Southeastern University
Known for Founder, chairman and CEO GEO Group
Salary US$ 4,316,797 (total compensation, 2014)[1]

George Christopher Zoley (born February 7, 1950) is a Greek-born American businessman, the chairman, chief executive officer, and founder of the GEO Group, which manages prisons and jails in the United States and internationally.

Early life[edit]

George Christopher Zoley[2] was born in Florina, Greece[3] on February 7, 1950.

Zoley holds both a bachelor's degree and master's degree in Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University, and a doctorate in Public Administration from Nova Southeastern University.[1]


Zoley established The GEO Group as a division of The Wackenhut Corporation in 1984 when the company was named Wackenhut Corrections Corporation. Prior to founding the GEO Group, he served as manager, director, and vice president of government services at Wackenhut.


Zoley is a former chairman, and current member of the board of trustees at Florida Atlantic University (FAU). He also served as chair of the FAU Presidential Search Committee and is a member of the FAU Foundation Board of Directors.

Zoley has received an Ellis Island Medal of Honor.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Executive Profile* George C. Zoley Ph.D.". The GEO Group. Retrieved 10 January 2017. 
  2. ^ "The GEO Croup Limited". Companies House. Retrieved 13 January 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "George C. Zoley Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and Founder The GEO Group, Inc.". GEO Group. Retrieved 13 January 2016.