Mark Walter

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Mark Walter
Alma materCreighton University (B.A.)
Northwestern University (J.D.)
OccupationFounder, chief executive officer of Guggenheim Partners/
chairman of Los Angeles Dodgers
Home townCedar Rapids, Iowa
Spouse(s)Kimbra Walter

Mark Walter is an American businessman and the chief executive officer of Guggenheim Partners, a privately held global financial services firm with more than $290 billion in assets under management and headquarters in Chicago and New York. He is also the part-Chairman of the Los Angeles Dodgers Major League Baseball franchise.


Walter is a Cedar Rapids, Iowa native and graduate of Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School. In 1996, he co-founded the Liberty Hampshire Company, LLC with Steven E. Johnson, in Chicago.[1] In 2000, he helped found Guggenheim Partners, LLC. Today, he is the chief executive officer of Guggenheim Partners, which has rapidly grown into a global, diversified financial services firm with more than $260 billion in assets under management, 2,300 employees, and 25 offices in six countries around the world.

On May 1, 2012, Walter helped lead Guggenheim Baseball Management, LLC, a private partnership formed in 2011 to acquire the Los Angeles Dodgers, in the successful purchase of the storied baseball franchise for $2.15 billion. His partners in Guggenheim Baseball Management include Peter Guber,Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Stan Kasten, Todd Boehly, and Bobby Patton.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8]

On December 10, 2012, in its annual survey of the "50 Most Influential People in Sports Business," the SportsBusiness Journal named Walter the 8th most influential person in sports business due to the historic Dodgers purchase.[9]

Walter also serves as a trustee or director of several organizations including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Northwestern University and the Field Museum.

Walter and several of his partners also bought the Los Angeles Sparks basketball team in 2014.[10]


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  2. ^ Introduce Mark Walter - new Dodgers owners and chairman
  3. ^ $2.2B Mark Walter Forbes profile - new Dodgers owners and chairman from Chicago (Creighton University; Doctor of Jurisprudence, Northwestern University)
  4. ^ Mark Walter MLB Biography - controlling owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers
  5. ^ Chicago financier Mark Walter, who will have a controlling stake in the Dodgers if his group's deal goes through, avoids the spotlight.
  6. ^ Founder & CEO of Guggenheim Partners - Mark Walter - Source of Wealth: Guggenheim Partners - Birth Place: Iowa
  7. ^ Mark Walter moves quietly and effectively - Former Jefferson High classmates recall him as smart, driven, quiet, friendly
  8. ^ Mark Walters believes in Yasiel Puig in July 2015
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  10. ^ "Sparks bought by investment group led by Magic Johnson and Mark Walter". February 4, 2014.

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Business positions
Preceded by
Frank McCourt
Chairman of the Los Angeles Dodgers
Succeeded by