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Leon Black Leon Black
Founder of Apollo Management, L.P.
In 1990, Mr. Black founded Apollo Management, L.P., a global alternative asset manager, with a proven track record of successful private equity, distressed debt and mezzanine investing. The firm manages investment capital on behalf of a group of institutional investors and has approximately $27 billion in assets under management. From 1977 to 1990, Mr. Black worked at Drexel Burnham Lambert Incorporated, where he served as Managing Director, head of the Mergers & Acquisitions Group and co-head of the Corporate Finance Department. He serves on the boards of directors of Sirius Satellite Radio Inc., and the general partner of AP Alternative Assets. Mr. Black is a trustee of Dartmouth College, The Museum of Modern Art, Mt. Sinai Hospital, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Prep for Prep, and The Asia Society. He is also a member of The Council on Foreign Relations, The Partnership for New York City and the National Advisory Board of JPMorgan Chase. Mr. Black is also a member of the Board of Faster Cures and the Port Authority Task Force. He graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1973 with a major in Philosophy and History and received an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1975.


Andrew Ross Sorkin Andrew Ross Sorkin
Chief Mergers and Acquisitions Reporter of The New York Times
Andrew Ross Sorkin is The New York Times’s chief mergers and acquisitions reporter and a columnist. Mr. Sorkin, a leading voice about Wall Street and corporate America, is also the editor of DealBook, an online daily financial report he started in 2001. In addition, Mr. Sorkin is an assistant editor of business and finance news, helping guide and shape the paper’s coverage. Mr. Sorkin, who has appeared on NBC's “Today” show and on “Charlie Rose” on PBS, is a frequent guest host of CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” He won a Gerald Loeb Award, the highest honor in business journalism, in 2004 for breaking news. He also won a Society of American Business Editors and Writers Award for breaking news in 2005 and again in 2006. In 2007, the World Economic Forum named him a Young Global Leader. Mr. Sorkin began writing for The Times in 1995 under unusual circumstances: he hadn’t yet graduated from high school.


Philip Yea Philip Yea
Chief Executive of 3i Group plc
Philip Yea is the Chief Executive of 3i Group plc, a world leading private equity company. Philip joined 3i in July 2004. Prior to 3i, Philip was a managing director at Investcorp, where his main focus was on the performance of portfolio investments. Philip joined Investcorp in 1999 from Diageo. He spent six years as Group Finance Director, both at Guinness and then at Diageo after Guiness's merger with GrandMet in 1997. Philip's 13-year career at Guinness/Diageo mainly involved financial positions but also saw him in a number of wider-ranging roles including the Chairmanship of The Gleneagles Hotel and Guinness Publishing. He was also a director of Moet Hennessy. Philip is a non-Executive Director of Vodafone Group Plc. He has also been a non-Executive Director of HBOS plc and Manchester United PLC. Philip is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and has a degree in Modern Languages (French and Spanish) from Oxford University where he was at Brasenose College.