Jonathan D. Gray

President & Chief Operating Officer at The Blackstone Group, Inc.

Jonathan D. Gray

Jonathan D. Gray

President & Chief Operating Officer at The Blackstone Group, Inc.

Overview
Career Highlights

Blackstone Group Management LLC
The Blackstone Group, Inc.
Blackstone Multi-Asset Advisors LLC

RelSci Relationships

6947

Primary Location

New York

Number of Boards

18

Birthday

1970

Age

49

Number of Awards

11

Estimated Net Worth

$1.8B

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Executive Vice Chairman at The Blackstone Group, Inc.

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Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder at The Blackstone Group, Inc.

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Secretary & Chief Legal Officer at The Blackstone Group, Inc.

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Co-Founder at GSO Capital Partners LP

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Senior Managing Director at The Blackstone Group, Inc.

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Managing Partner at Westcap Mgt. Ltd.

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Senior Managing Director, Finance Group at The Blackstone Group, Inc.

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Executive Chairman at Blackstone Mortgage Trust, Inc.

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Executive Officer at Blackstone Energy Partners II LP

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Senior Managing Director, Real Estate at The Blackstone Group, Inc.

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Jonathan D. Gray
President & Chief Operating Officer at The Blackstone Group, Inc.
Education
B.S. in Economics

The Wharton School is the business school of the University of Pennsylvania, an Ivy League university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Wharton was the world’s first collegiate business school and the first business school in the United States. It was established in 1881 through a donation of Joseph Wharton.

BA in English, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

The University of Pennsylvania School of Arts and Sciences forms the foundation of the scholarly excellence that has established Penn as one of the world's leading research universities. They teach students across all 12 Penn schools, and their academic departments span the reach from anthropology and biology to sociology and South Asian studies. Members of the Penn Arts & Sciences faculty are leaders in creating new knowledge in their disciplines and are engaged in nearly every area of interdisciplinary innovation. They are regularly recognized with academia's highest honors, including the National Medal of Science, the MacArthur Fellowship, the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize. The educational experience offered by Penn Arts & Sciences is likewise recognized for its excellence. The School's three educational divisions fulfill different missions, united by a broader commitment to providing their students with an unrivaled education in the liberal arts. The College of Arts and Sciences is the academic home of the majority of Penn undergraduates and provides 60 percent of the courses taken by students in Penn's undergraduate professional schools. The Graduate Division offers doctoral training to over 1,500 candidates in more than 30 graduate programs. And the College of Liberal and Professional Studies provides a range of educational opportunities for lifelong learners and working professionals.

Memberships
Fellow
Current

Established in 1989, the Partnership’s David Rockefeller Fellows program exposes participants to key leaders and issues in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors of the city. Since the program’s inception, 250 executives have become better corporate citizens through immersion in civic issues and operations during the year-long fellowship established as a tribute to the Partnership’s founding chairman.

Career History
Bx President & Chief Operating Officer & Senior Managing Director
Current

Blackstone Mortgage Trust, Inc. is a real estate finance company, which engages in originating senior loans collateralized by commercial real estate. Its investment objective is to preserve and protect shareholder capital while producing risk-adjusted returns primarily through dividends generated from current income from its loan portfolio. The company was founded by Samuel Zell, John R. Klopp, and Craig M. Hatkoff in July 1997 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

Professional
2018 - Current

GSO / Blackstone Debt Funds Management LLC, part of The Blackstone Group, Inc., is a company headquartered in New York, NY, that provides investment advice. The firm was founded in 2007. Stephen Allen Schwarzman is currently the CEO of the company.

Professional
2018 - Current

GSO Capital Partners provides investment advice with respect to investments in first lien loans, second lien loans, high yield bonds, distressed securities, mezzanine securities, public and private equity, and derivatives. The firm seeks to capitalize on both long- and short-term inefficiencies in the market by investing across a spectrum of products, often employing a bottom-up analysis, utilizing market technical and fundamental analyses to select investments. There may be occasions when a strategy may be weighted to deep value or be more opportunistic and seek short term gains. GSO's investment strategies include: Senior Direct Lending, Mezzanine, Capital Solutions, Event Driven, and Energy.The firm's Senior Direct Lending Strategy seeks to source and provide privately originated investments that can deliver attractive risk-adjusted returns with strong downside protection, while generating current income through primarily stable, performing credit investments. The strategy focuses on investments that are senior in the capital structure and with a majority of investments secured by floating rate instruments.The firm's Event Driven Strategy seeks to generate superior risk-adjusted returns by investing in an array of securities within the corporate credit market. GSO may invest in both public and private non-investment grade and non-rated securities, including leveraged loans, high yield bonds, distressed securities, common and preferred equity securities, and credit derivatives. The firm offers exposure to this strategy in a hedged, liquid and less concentrated form, or in an un-hedged and more concentrated form, often with less liquidity and greater potential risk.GSO's Mezzanine Strategy makes privately negotiated investments in the leveraged finance marketplace with an emphasis on providing junior capital to companies in connection with LBOs, acquisitions, recapitalizations and growth financings.The firm's Capital Solutions Strategy seeks to provide privately negotiated capital solutions to companies in need of liquidity or capital structure transformation due to, among other things, pending covenant violations, debt maturities, cyclical downturns in their businesses or other funding requirements.GSO's Energy Strategy is designed to generate attractive risk-adjusted returns by originating and investing in transactions in the energy sector and various energy sub-sectors across the capital structure, primarily in debt and preferred equity.

Boards & Committees
Member, Advisory Board
Current

Established in 1998, the REIT Center provides a forum for the study the and analysis of publicly-traded REITs and other real estate operating companies and the related corporatization, securitization, and consolidation trends that are transforming the real estate industry nationally and globally. The Center’s goal is to serve as a sponsor for research, discussion, and analysis; an educational center for conferences and symposia for professionals and students; and a forum for leading thinkers from all sectors and professions in the industry to gather in order to exchange and to develop ideas. Among other activities, the Center sponsors an influential annual conference on REITs and a White Paper series. New York University’s proximity to Wall Street creates an exciting focus for the Center as we seek to complement and to work with existing industry groups and trade associations with similar interests. The mission of the Center is to fulfill a need for in-depth study and analysis in an objective academic setting and thereby, to enhance the work of other groups.

Member, Board of Directors
Prior - 2010

Extended Stay America, Inc. develops, owns and operates extended stay lodging facilities. The firm operates moderately priced extended stay lodging hotels across the US. Its brands include Extended StayAmerica Efficiency Studios, Homestead Studio Suites, StudioPLUS Deluxe Studios and Crossland Economy Studios. The company was founded on August 6, 1995 by H. Wayne Huizenga and is headquartered in Spartanburg, SC.

Member, Board of Directors
Prior

Boca Resorts LLC owns and operates resorts and hotels. The company is headquartered in Boca Raton, FL.

Member, Board of Governors
Prior

NAREIT®, the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts®, is the worldwide representative voice for REITs and publicly traded real estate companies with an interest in U.S. real estate and capital markets. NAREIT's members are REITs and other businesses throughout the world that own, operate, and finance income-producing real estate, as well as those firms and individuals who advise, study, and service those businesses.

Member, Board of Directors
Prior

Founded in 1979, the Pension Real Estate Association (PREA) is a non-profit trade association for the global institutional real estate investment industry. PREA currently lists over 700 corporate member firms across the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. Our members include public and corporate pension funds, endowments, foundations, Taft-Hartley funds, insurance companies, investment advisory firms, REITs, developers, real estate operating companies and industry service providers.

Non-Profit Donations & Grants

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$1,500 - $10K
2016

The Child Mind Institute is an independent, national nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders. The Institute teams work every day to deliver the highest standards of care, advance the science of the developing brain and empower parents, professionals and policymakers to support children when and where they need it most.

$5,000 - $10K
2016

The University of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as Penn or UPenn) is a private, Ivy League university, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Penn considers itself the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, as well as the first university in the United States with both undergraduate and graduate studies.

Political Donations
$2,800
2019

Representative from Massachusetts's 7th Congressional District

$2,700
2017

Representative at Office of the Representative from New Jersey's 5th District, Josh Gottheimer

Transactions
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The Blackstone Group, Inc. purchases Clarus Ventures LLC

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The Blackstone Group, Inc. purchases Banco Popular Espanol SA /Real Estate Bus from Banco Santander SA

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The Blackstone Group, Inc., Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies purchase GE Capital Real Estate /Mexico & Australia Mortgage Loans from General Electric Capital Corporation, General Electric Company

Public Holdings
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Awards & Honors
Rank #280
2018
Forbes Magazine - 400 Richest People in America
Rank #1161
2017
Forbes Magazine - The World's Billionaires
Rank #1275
2016
Forbes Magazine - The World's Billionaires
Events
Speaker
Chapel Hill, NC, United States
6th Annual UNC Kenan-Flagler Alternative Investments Conference

Other Affiliations

Jonathan D. Gray is affiliated with Blackstone Mortgage Trust, Inc., GSO / Blackstone Debt Funds Management LLC, GSO Capital Partners LP, GSO Capital Advisors LLC, Harvest Fund Advisors LLC, Blackstone Alternative Asset Management (BAAM), Blackstone Management Partners LLC, Blackstone Alternative Investment Advisors LLC, Blackstone Strategic Alliance Advisors LLC, Blackstone Mezzanine Advisors II LP, Blackstone Tactical Opportunities Advisors LLC, Blackstone Strategic Capital Advisors LLC, Blackstone Treasury Solutions Advisors LLC, Blackstone Debt Advisors LP, Blackstone Mezzanine Advisors LP, Blackstone Group Management LLC, The Blackstone Group, Inc., Blackstone Multi-Asset Advisors LLC, Blackstone Real Estate Advisors, UJA-Federation of New York, Blackstone Real Estate Advisors III LP, Gray Foundation, Blackstone Real Estate Partners VII LP, Blackstone Real Estate Special Situations Fund II LP, Blackstone Real Estate Partners VII.TE.1 LP, Blackstone Commercial Real Estate Debt Fund LP, Blackstone Real Estate Special Situations Fund II 1 LP, Blackstone Real Estate Income Advisors LLC, Blackstone Real Estate Special Situations Advisors LLC, Blackstone Real Estate Advisors Europe LP, Blackstone Real Estate Advisors V LP, Blackstone Real Estate Advisors IV LLC, CT Investment Management Co. LLC, Credit Suisse Strategic Partners, Blackstone Debt Advisors LLC, Boca Raton Resort & Club, Inc., BLACKSTONE REAL ESTATE SPECIAL SITUATIONS EUROPE L.P., Blackstone Commercial Real Estate Debt Fund (Cayman) LP, Blackstone Real Estate Special Situations Fund LP, New York University - REIT Center at Schack Institute of Real Estate, Extended Stay America, Inc. (Inactive), Boca Resorts LLC, National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, Inc., Pension Real Estate Association

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