Jon Gray

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

Jon Gray

Jon Gray

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

Overview
Career Highlights

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

RelSci Relationships

7566

Primary Location

New York

Number of Boards

20

Birthday

1970

Age

50

Number of Awards

11

Estimated Net Worth

$1.8B

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Co-Founder at The Blackstone Group, Inc.

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Former President at GSO Capital Partners LP

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

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

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Senior Managing Director at The Blackstone Group, Inc.

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Executive Chairman at Blackstone Mortgage Trust, Inc.

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

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Executive Officer at Blackstone Energy Partners II LP

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Managing Partner at Westcap Mgt. Ltd.

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Senior Managing Director & Chief Investment Officer-Real Estate at The Blackstone Group, Inc.

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Jon Gray
President, Chief Operating Officer & Director 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
Member
Current

The Economic Strategy Group (ESG), a non-profit program of the Aspen Institute, is composed of a diverse, bipartisan group of distinguished leaders and thinkers with the goal of promoting evidence-based solutions to significant U.S. economic challenges. Co-chaired by Henry M. Paulson, Jr. and Erskine Bowles, the ESG fosters the exchange of economic policy ideas and seeks to clarify the lines of debate on emerging economic issues while promoting bipartisan relationship-building among current and future generations of policy leaders in Washington.

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. The firm provides investment advice. It was founded in 2007. Stephen Allen Schwarzman is the current CEO of the firm.

Professional
2018 - Current

From a top-down perspective, Blackstone Alternative Asset Management (BAAM) focuses on positioning funds to capitalize on market opportunities through focused research and allocation of resources. From a bottom-up perspective, the firm seeks to build deep relationships with underlying hedge fund managers that are strengthened by their investment professionals' relevant experience in the financial markets, as well as the Blackstone network in other alternative asset classes.Their funds' strategies generally allocate capital to a diversified group of portfolio (i.e., hedge fund) managers that invest or trade in a wide variety of securities and other instruments, including, but not limited to, equities and fixed-income securities, currencies, commodities, futures contracts, options and other derivative instruments, all of which may be listed or unlisted, rated or unrated, distressed or publicly or privately issued. BAAM Funds also may invest in separate managed accounts with underlying managers. In general, BAAM offers 3 types of products: (1) commingled funds (2) customized funds (3) advisory clients.BAAM employs various types of investment strategies including broadly diversified and strategy focused. Their strategy focuses strategies include: (1) equity: fundamental, opportunistic trading, top down, private equity and quantitative long/short (2) credit: opportunistic, relative value, mortgages and structured/asset back securities (3) corporate distressed (4) leveraged loans (5) event-driven (5) direct origination (6) reinsurance (7) hedging (8) managed futures (9) commodities (10) interest rates and (11) emerging markets.

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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$10M
2019

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.

$25K - $50K
2018

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.

$1,500 - $10K
2017

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.

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

Jon Gray is affiliated with Blackstone Mortgage Trust, Inc., GSO / Blackstone Debt Funds Management LLC, Blackstone Alternative Asset Management (BAAM), GSO Capital Partners LP, Blackstone Management Partners LLC, GSO Capital Advisors LLC, Harvest Fund Advisors LLC, Blackstone Mezzanine Advisors II LP, Blackstone Alternative Investment Advisors LLC, Blackstone Strategic Alliance Advisors LLC, Blackstone Treasury Solutions Advisors LLC, Blackstone Tactical Opportunities Advisors LLC, Blackstone Strategic Capital Advisors LLC, Blackstone Mezzanine Advisors LP, Blackstone Debt Advisors LP, Blackstone Real Estate Income Advisors LLC, Blackstone Group Management LLC, Blackstone Real Estate Advisors Europe LP, Blackstone Real Estate Advisors V LP, Blackstone Real Estate Advisors IV LLC, CT Investment Management Co. 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 SPECIAL SITUATIONS EUROPE L.P., Blackstone Real Estate Partners VII LP, Blackstone Real Estate Special Situations Fund II LP, Blackstone Commercial Real Estate Debt Fund LP, Blackstone Real Estate Partners VII.TE.1 LP, Blackstone Real Estate Special Situations Fund II 1 LP, Blackstone Real Estate Special Situations Advisors LLC, Credit Suisse Strategic Partners, Blackstone Debt Advisors LLC, Boca Raton Resort & Club, Inc., 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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