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Principled Leadership Award

Kenneth Griffin

The Principled Leadership Award is presented annually at the Adam Smith Society's National Meeting in New York City. The Award honors thoughtful business leaders who understand the centrality of the free market in both our economic system and our civic life. 

2018 Principled Leadership Award Winner

Cliff S. Asness, Founder, Managing Principle, and Chief Investment Officer, AQR Capital Management

Clifford Asness

Cliff S. Asness is a Founder, Managing Principal, and Chief Investment Of cer at AQR Capital Management. He is an active researcher and an award-winning author on a variety of  nancial topics for many publications. Prior to cofounding AQR Capital Management, he was a managing director and director of quantitative research for the Asset Management Division of Goldman, Sachs & Co. He is on the editorial board of The Journal of Portfolio Management, the governing board of the Courant Institute of Mathematical Finance at NYU, the board of directors of the Q-Group, and the board of the International Rescue Committee. Asness received a B.S. in economics from the Wharton School and a B.S. in engineering from the Moore School of Electrical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating summa cum laude in both. He received an M.B.A. and a Ph.D. in  nance from the University of Chicago, where he was Eugene Fama’s student and teaching assistant for two years (so he still feels guilty when trying to beat the market).


2017 Principled Leadership Award Winner

Kenneth P. Griffith, Founder and CEO, Citadel

Kenneth Griffin is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Citadel. A diverse financial institution, the Citadel group includes Citadel, an industry-leading alternative asset manager; Citadel Securities, one of the leading liquidity providers in America’s capital markets; and Citadel Technology, a solutions provider for investment management technology. Mr. Griffin is a member of numerous civic, business, and economics organizations, and is an active supporter of the arts and culture in his home city of Chicago. 

Award Presentation

Kenneth Griffin received the Award at the National Meeting on April 21, 2017 in New York City. The Award was presented by Anthony Scaramucci, Founder of SkyBridge Capital. After a brief acceptance speech, Mr. Griffin and Mr. Scaramucci held a fireside chat, with Mr. Griffin discussing his business philosophy, how he empowers employees as entrepreneurs, and how he exercised leadership, while building the company and during the Financial Crisis of 2008. The chat was followed by a Q&A session with the Adam Smith Society members in attendance.




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