Richard C. Blum is the Founder and Chairman of Richard C. Blum & Associates, Inc., the general partner of Blum Capital Partners, L.P.. He is also Chairman of Montgomery Street Partners, Blum Capital’s exclusive vehicle to continue its investment strategy in real estate and real estate related assets. He was a co-founder of Newbridge Capital.
Mr. Blum has served on the boards of many prominent companies, including CB Richard Ellis (as chairman), PAG, Northwest Airlines Corporation, Glenborough Realty Trust, Inc., etc.. In addition, Mr. Blum is active in numerous non-profit organizations. He is the founder and Chairman of the American Himalayan Foundation and is Honorary Consul to Mongolia and Nepal.
Mr. Blum is former Chairman of the University of California Board of Regents, where he continues to serve as a Regent. He is former Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. He was appointed by President Obama to be a member of the President’s Global Development Council. Mr. Blum founded the American Himalayan Foundation and Blum Center for Developing Economies at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the Honorary Consul of Nepal. Additionally, Mr. Blum serves on the board of trustees of the following non-profit organizations: The Asian Art Museum Foundation, The Carter Center, Central European University, Glide Foundation, The National Democratic Institute, etc... He is an Honorary Trustee for the Brookings Institution and is also a founding member of the Council of Advisors to National Geographic International.
Prior to founding Blum Capital, Mr. Blum was with Sutro & Co. for 17 years, holding various positions including director, major stockholder, and member of the Executive Committee. He joined the firm at the age of 23 and became a partner before age 30.
Mr. Blum graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, where he received his B.S. in business administration in 1958, and an MBA in 1959. In 2006 he received an honorary doctoral degree from the University of San Francisco’s McLaren College of Business. Most recently, he was awarded the Haas School of Business’ Lifetime Achievement Award. He is the husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein.