Will McDonough (businessman)

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Will McDonough
Born (1980-02-23) 23 February 1980 (age 37)
Residence Manhattan, NY
Nationality USA

Will McDonough (born February 23, 1980) is an American businessman and entrepreneur. Will is also known for being a manager to the New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.[1]

Early life[edit]

Will grew up just outside Boston, Massachusetts. At Westwood High School, where he served as President of the student body, he started working for the New England Patriots, owned by the Kraft Group. Over 10 years with the Patriots, he had many roles within the organization, starting as an unpaid student intern. It was in this role that he met and was befriended by Brady.

Entrepreneur & Businessman[edit]

In 2002, Will graduated with a degree in marketing and pre law from Boston College. He continued to work for the Kraft Group throughout college, overseeing and growing their off-the-field revenues, negotiating logo rights, licensing deals for the team, and creating brand extensions.

In 2007, he left the Kraft Group to start McDonough Management Company where he guided the careers of celebrities and sports figures such as Brady,[2] Gisele Bündchen, Wes Welker and Tedy Bruschi. During this time Will also focused on real-estate opportunities and established Real Estate Advisors, an independent real estate brokerage firm.

In 2008, Will joined Avenue Capital Group[3] where he launched and grew a $250 million distressed debt and credit fund in partnership with Marc Lasry.

In 2010, he joined Goldman Sachs to manage the private capital of the current and retired partners of the bank.[4]

In 2013, Will Co-Founded Atlas Mara, acquiring 8 banks in Africa and taking it public on the London Stock Exchange in 2014 (ATMA:LSE). He continues his work in Africa through his business, Emerging Markets Capital and has been enlisted by Uber to build out their franchise across the continent, financing new driver's vehicle acquisitions through his business, Africar4u.

Will serves as the Chairman of Banks.com, and owns and operates CoreStone Capital, where he invests and guides big bank team lift outs specializing in launching investment businesses, having most notably partnered with former BlackRock CIO Peter Knez to launch his business Incapture, former iShares and ETF creator Lee Kranefuss, and investment manager, professor and author Vinay Nair to launch their business, 55 Capital, former Barclays CEO Bob Diamond to launch Atlas, and many others.

Will previously partnered with Andy Heyward in founding A2 Entertainment an animation and cartoon company that partnered with AOL, Warren Buffett, Gisele, Martha Stewart, Stan Lee, and Arnold Schwarzenegger to create educational content for children, which he sold to Genius Brands on 2012 (NYSE: GNUS).

Personal[edit]

Will married former Victoria's Secret model Stephanie Clegg in a private ceremony at Bakers Bay Golf and Ocean Club, where they have a home, in 2015.[5]

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