Business 100 - 2012

Ross Wilbur

Wilbur L. Ross/WL Ross & Co. LLC/Invesco

Wilbur L. Ross, Jr. is CEO and chairman of WL Ross & Co. LLC, and member of the Office of the Chairman and Investment Committee of Invesco. An  industry leader in bankruptcy, restructuring and privatization services, he is one of the leading financial advisors and investors to have been involved in some of the largest bankruptcies and out-of-court restructurings. He has assisted in restructuring more than $200 billion of corporate liabilities.

Wilbur was executive managing director of Rothschild Inc. for 24 years before acquiring that firm’s private equity partnerships in 2000. He holds an MBA with distinction from Harvard University and an AB from Yale University, which recognized him with the Yale Leadership award in 2009.

WL Ross & Co. is a large investor in Bank of Ireland. A fourth-generation Irish American through his mother, Agnes O’Neill, Wilbur was honored by the American Ireland Fund in 2011. Of his link to Ireland, Wilbur says, “Resiliency is a major irish trait that is very important to me as an investor in distressed companies.” He has two daughters, Amanda and Jessica, and is married to Hilary Geary Ross.