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William F. Sharpe

AKA William Forsythe Sharpe

Born: 16-Jun-1934
Birthplace: Boston, MA

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Economist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Capital asset pricing model

Military service: US Army

William F. Sharpe was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1990, sharing the honor with Harry M. Markowitz and Merton H. Miller. Sharpe developed the capital asset pricing model, a system to explain the relationship between securities prices, risks, and returns. He founded an investment consulting firm, William F. Sharpe Associates, in 1986, with seed funding from the Frank Russell Company. After that company folded, he established Financial Engines Inc., a portfolio advising company, in 1996.

Wife: Kathryn
Daughter: Deborah
Son: Jonathan

    University: University of California at Berkeley (attended 1951-52)
    University: BA Economics, University of California at Los Angeles (1955)
    University: MA Economics, University of California at Los Angeles (1956)
    University: PhD Economics, University of California at Los Angeles (1961)
    Teacher: Finance, University of Washington (1961-67)
    Professor: Finance, University of Washington (1967-68)
    Professor: Social Sciences, University of California at Irvine (1968-70)
    Professor: Finance, Stanford University (1970-89)

    Nobel Prize for Economics 1990 (with Harry M. Markowitz and Merton H. Miller)
    Phi Beta Kappa Society
    RAND Corporation Economist (1956-61, 1963-69)
    National Bureau of Economic Research 1976-77
    American Finance Association
    Economists for Peace and Security
    Financial Engines Founder (1996)
    Boeing Consultant (1961-63)
    IBM Consultant (1963)
    Merrill Lynch Consultant (1963-68, 1970-77)
    McKinsey & Company Consultant (1967)
    Arthur D. Little Consultant (1967-68)
    Western Airlines Consultant (1967-69)
    Allstate Consultant (1973)
    Wells Fargo Bank Consultant (1976-79, 1981-86)
    Frank Russell Company Consultant (1984-86)
    UBS Consultant (1987-2001)
    AT&T Pension Consultant (1993-)
    United Technologies Pension Consultant (1993-)
    Hewlett-Packard Pension Consultant (1993-)
    Altria Pension Consultant (1995-)
    Gore 2000
    John Kerry for President
    Kerry Victory 2004

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Author of books:
Fundamentals of Investments (1989, with Gordon J. Alexander)

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