Mr. Zafran has served as a financial adviser to wealthy families and institutional investors for the past 26 years. He began his career at Goldman Sachs in 1990 in the Private Client Group. After seven years at Goldman Sachs, Mr. Zafran and his entire team joined Merrill Lynch in 1997, where he helped to build the Private Banking and Investment Group. In May 2008, Mr. Zafran co-founded Luminous Capital, an independent Registered Investment Advisory firm. Luminous Capital had $5.9 billion of assets under management when it was acquired by First Republic Bank in December 2012.
Active in the community, Mr. Zafran serves on the Board of Directors of Venture Lending & Leasing VI (a public-filing Business Development Corporation), is a member of the Investment Committee for the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Portola Valley School Foundation Endowment. He formerly served on the Board of Trustees for the Castilleja School and for the International School of the Peninsula. Among many nonprofit organizations, Mr. Zafran actively supports The Riekes Center For Human Enhancement, the Friendship Circle, the Youth Angels Foundation, and Mercado Global.
Mr. Zafran is a regular Contributor to “the Bloomberg Advantage.” He has been a CNBC-YPO Chief Executive Network Member, a Contributor to Wall Street Week, and has written articles for various financial publications including Forbes and The Street.
Mr. Zafran was listed as one of Barron’s Top 100 Independent Wealth Advisors in 2016. He was named a 2012 finalist and a 2010 semi-finalist for the Greater Los Angeles Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.Mr. Zafran holds a B.A.S., Political Science and Economics, from Stanford University, Phi Beta Kappa, and an MBA from Harvard Business School, 1990.
Wealth Management Experience: 26 Years
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