Ray Dalio

Co-Chairman & Co-Chief Investment Officer
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Ray Dalio is Founder, Co-Chairman and Co-Chief Investment Officer of Bridgewater Associates. He started Bridgewater out of his two-bedroom apartment in New York in 1975 and under his leadership, the firm has grown into the fifth most important private company in the US according to Fortune Magazine.

For his and Bridgewater's industry-changing innovations as well as his work advising policymakers around the world, Ray has been called the “Steve Jobs of Investing” by aiCIO Magazine and Wired Magazine, and named one of the 100 Most Influential People by TIME Magazine.

He is also the author of The New York Times #1 Bestseller Principles, which outlines his work and life principles, the foundation of Bridgewater’s distinctive culture and the cornerstone of his and Bridgewater’s success. Ray and Bridgewater also recently published Principles for Navigating Big Debt Crises, the first public dissemination of their research on these economic events, which enabled them to anticipate the 2008 Financial Crisis. Ray is currently working on his third book, which will outline his investment principles.

Ray holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from C.W. Post College and an MBA degree from Harvard Business School. He has been married to his wife, Barbara, for over 40 years and has four grown sons. He is an avid philanthropist with a special interest in ocean exploration and conservation.

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In a wide-ranging conversation, CEO David McCormick interviews Bridgewater’s Founder and Co-CIO, Ray Dalio, about his journey through the various phases of life and the transition of Bridgewater to the next generation of leaders. Among many words of wisdom, Ray offers this advice: “Be audacious and humble at the same time.”
Co-CIO Ray Dalio joins David Brancaccio on NPR Marketplace Morning Report to discuss what should change in a post-pandemic economy and how capitalism can be restructured to better serve more people.
The coronavirus has accelerated a new paradigm of coordinated monetary and fiscal policy where central banks are printing money to finance large budget deficits and spark spending. Senior Portfolio Strategist Jim Haskel and Co-CIO Ray Dalio explore why the by-product — zero or near-zero interest rates across the developed world — is a critical issue for investors to understand and how similar moments in history can provide valuable lessons to navigate volatility.
In an exclusive interview on "60 Minutes" with Bill Whitaker, founder and co-CIO Ray Dalio discusses the American dream, philanthropy, and life inside Bridgewater.
How does the economy really work? This simple but not simplistic video by Ray Dalio, Founder of Bridgewater Associates, shows the basic driving forces behind the economy, and explains why economic cycles occur by breaking down concepts such as credit, interest rates, leveraging and deleveraging.
Ray Dalio's study on the rises and declines of past leading empires puts today’s economic, political, and policy situation into perspective of the big picture.
A TechCrunch feature of Ray Dalio describes the Bridgewater founder's economic outlooks, his latest efforts to spread the gospel of principles-driven decision making, and the influence of the Beatles.
Over the last 40 years, China’s rapid economic expansion has altered the world’s geopolitical and economic landscape. Bridgewater’s Founder, Co-CIO and Co-Chairman Ray Dalio joins Senior Portfolio Strategist Jim Haskel to discuss the historical arc of this growth and why the portfolio characteristics of China’s markets are attractive and diversifying despite escalating global tensions.
This report is an examination of populism, the phenomenon — how it typically germinates, grows, and runs its course.
In an exclusive interview with Bloomberg's Erik Schatzker, Bridgewater's founder Ray Dalio explains how principles — rules for life and business — are the foundation of the hedge fund's success over the past four decades.
In 2017, our founder Ray Dalio delivered a TED Talk about the principles and tools driving our culture. Watch here.
Business Insider's Richard Feloni discusses how Ray Dalio built the world's largest hedge fund around a unique culture of radical transparency and what success means to Ray now at this point in his career. "My concept of success is having others successful without me."
Ray Dalio and Senior Portfolio Strategist Jim Haskel flesh out some of our key research around debt crises, and apply it to what’s happening in markets today.
A thought-provoking interview between Ray Dalio and Larry Summers, President Emeritus of Harvard University and former US Treasury Secretary.
"Marketplace Morning Report" host David Brancaccio asked Bridgewater Founder Ray Dalio how honesty, radical transparency, and a thick skin has led to 40+ years of better decisions and how Bridgewater’s app, a digital coach, makes those lessons available to the whole organization.
At most companies, everybody works two jobs: their actual job and the extra job of managing other people’s impressions of them to make themselves look good. In such an environment, people tend to hide their mistakes and those of others out of fear that pointing them out will lead to their own mistakes being exposed.
January 2016: In a Financial Times op-ed, Bridgewater's founder Ray Dalio urges readers to look past the short-term debt cycle: "The Federal Reserve's template, and that of most economists and market participants, reflects the business cycle," he writes, noting the need to pay attention to both the short-term business cycle and the long-term debt cycle.
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