Ross is the Co-Founder, President and CEO of Gerber Kawasaki Wealth and Investment Management. Ross oversees Gerber Kawasaki's corporate and investment management operations as well as serves individual clients. Ross has become one of the most influential investors on social and in traditional media. His investment ideas and advice have made him a regular in global business news and he is featured on CNN, CNBC, Fox Business News, Bloomberg and Reuters as well as a contributing writer for Forbes.com. Ross and the Gerber Kawasaki team oversees $1.135 billion of investments as of 2/10/20 focused on technology, media and entertainment companies for clients and the firm. Gerber Kawasaki is a leader in Fintech by leveraging technology and social media to work with large diverse client base. GK is a leader in providing investment advice for the younger generation. Ross is an expert in online marketing and social media as well as co-developed the company’s app for IOS, my-moneypage. In 10 years since founding, Gerber Kawasaki has grown to 30 employees and from $50 mil to $1.135 bil of AUM as of 2/10/20.
Ross received his BA in Communications from the Annenberg School at the University of Pennsylvania concentrating in Business Law at the Wharton School of Business, graduating class of 1993. Ross also received a second concentration in Classical Music Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and attended the Grove School of Music. Ross was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA and attended Brentwood High School with the graduating class of 1989.
Ever since he was a child, Ross has had a passion for investing and music. He began learning and following investments as a 13 year-old after receiving Apple and Disney stock as a gift for his birthday. His passion for learning and investing grew as he followed the bull market of the 80's throughout his high school education. During college, Ross pursued his degree as well as his passion for music, forming several local bands.
Upon graduating college, Ross returned to Los Angeles in 1994 and joined an independent investment firm affiliated with SunAmerica Securities. In 1998, at the age of 27, Ross received the Archon and Million Dollar Branch Award** and was the youngest million dollar branch manager in SunAmerica's history. In March of 1999, Ross began overseeing 15 branches and over 200 advisors for SunAmerica securities/ AIG Advisor Group.
In 2008, the financial crisis caused the collapse of several major financial institutions and the government bailout of others, challenging the existing state of affairs within the financial industry. Navigating these trying times, Ross understood the importance of focusing on the client's best interest utilizing a modern and unbiased approach to serving the client community. It was during this time that Ross developed his vision for a new type of investment firm, one free of conflicts of interests and focused on serving a diverse client base using technology and leveraging new media.
In 2010, Ross and his business partner, Danilo Kawasaki, felt it was the opportune time to start their own firm, Gerber Kawasaki Inc., aligned with this client-centric mission. Built on the mission to provide clients with customized, objective financial advice, Gerber Kawasaki began with a core group of advisors and specializes in working with two groups of clients, baby boomers and Generation X/Millennials. Ross and Danilo started Gerber Kawasaki with the goal of using online advertising, social media and their financial application, My-MoneyPage, to attract new clients and enhance the client experience as well as to focus on a new market for financial advice, Generation X/Millennials. While maintaining their traditional wealth management business focusing on helping baby boomers plan for retirement and protect their families, Gerber Kawasaki also serves a younger generation of clients through their wealth building program. Gerber Kawasaki serves over 6000 clients and is one of the fastest growing privately held companies* in the industry.
Ross currently resides in Pacific Palisades, CA with his family and is on the executive board and is most recent past President of the charitable organization, The Guardians of the Jewish Home. He continues to play music and perform in his free time with his band, The Danger Band and is a co-creator and managing member of Cocoon Music – Malibu.
*Most influential LABJ 2020. Marketwatch 2019 fintwit influential list, Investopedia 2018. Fastest Growing Privately held companies list 2020 LABJ. Diversity and Inclusion award finalist 2019 Investment News.
**Industry specific award and is not an endorsement.
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