Robert J. Skinner II

Robert J. Skinner II

Wealth Manager, First Republic Investment Management
Peninsula/Silicon Valley

Robert J. Skinner II is a Senior Managing Director and Wealth Manager at First Republic Investment Management.

Mr. Skinner has served as an advisor to wealthy families, entrepreneurs, and institutional investors
since 1998. He began his career at Fidelity Investments, before joining Merrill Lynch as First Vice President of Investments. In May 2008, Mr. Skinner co-founded Luminous Capital, an independent Registered Investment Advisory firm.  At Luminous, he served as the Co-Head of Investment Research and Co-Manager of Portfolio Construction. Luminous Capital managed $5.5 billion of assets when it was acquired by First Republic Bank in December 2012 and the team now manages over $14 billion in assets.


In 2017, Mr. Skinner was named one of America’s top wealth advisors by Forbes1. In addition to the Forbes ranking, he was also named as one of “America's Top 100 Advisors” by Barron's Magazine in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 20172.


Active in the community, Mr. Skinner serves on the Board of Directors for The First Tee of Monterey County and the Board of Directors for The Pebble Beach Foundation. Mr. Skinner also serves on the Board of The University of Connecticut (“UCONN”) Foundation and serves on the Investment Committee. In addition, he and his wife support the American Heart Association, The Monterey Museum of Art, and The Boys and Girls Club of Monterey.


Mr. Skinner holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Connecticut.


Wealth Management Experience: Since 1998


1Ranking algorithm is based on quality of practice learned through telephone and in-person interviews, client retention, industry experience, review of compliance records, firm nominations; and quantitative criteria, including: assets under management and revenue generated for their firms. Investment performance is not a criterion because client objectives and risk tolerances vary, and advisors rarely have audited performance.

 2The Barron’s ranking reflects the volume of assets overseen by the advisors and their teams, revenues generated for the firms and the quality of the advisors' practices. This ranking does not predict or rate any client’s  investment outcomes, nor does it predict any potential investment outcomes.  Data used for the Barron’s rankings is provided by the surveyed Investment Advisors.  Advisors who did not participate in the survey are not ranked.

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