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Anne Dias is a Franco-American investor and philanthropist. She is the founder and CEO of Aragon, an investment firm with offices in Chicago and Paris.[1]

Anne Dias
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Born1970 (age 48–49)
NationalityU.S. and France
Other namesAnne Dias
Alma materGeorgetown University (BA)
Harvard University (MBA)
OccupationHedge fund manager
Spouse(s)Kenneth C. Griffin (2003-2015); 3 children


Early life and educationEdit

Anne Dias was born in France[2] and moved to the US to study at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in 1992. Where she graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1992.[3][4][5][6] She received an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1997.[7]

Dias worked full-time in public policy research during college, on both domestic and foreign policy issues.[8] She was a research assistant to constitutional law scholar Walter Berns, the Olin Professor of Government at Georgetown University, and helped research a book on the Electoral College.[9] She also assisted Patrick J. Glynn, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, on his book about the history of the Cold War.[10]

In 1991, she was the Brussels representative for the American Electronics Association, and focused on European policy issues. She also worked on European Community and foreign policy issues as an intern at the German Parliament in Bonn and Berlin during the summer of 1992.[8]

Investment CareerEdit

Early careerEdit

After receiving her degree from Georgetown University, Dias worked as a financial analyst in the Investment Banking department of Goldman Sachs in London and New York and at Fidelity Investments Limited in London.[11][12]

After obtaining her MBA from Harvard Business School in 1997, she joined Soros Fund Management as an analyst and was promoted to portfolio manager one year later.[1] At Soros, she specialized in the retail and financial services industry and managed a long/short portfolio of financial services stocks. Dias was a member of the founding investment team at Viking Global Investors, focusing on global media and internet investments.[13]

Aragon Global ManagementEdit

In 2001, Dias started her own fund, Aragon Global Management, LLC in New York City in 2001 with start-up capital from hedge fund titan Julian Robertson of Tiger Management. Aragon Global invests in media, technology, and telecommunications companies around the world.[14] At the end of 2011, Dias returned capital from outside investors to focus on the Kenneth and Anne Griffin Foundation, and ran Aragon as a family office.

Aragon Global HoldingsEdit

Since 2011, Anne Dias is the CEO of Aragon Global Holdings, which invests in public equities around the world.

Corporate BoardsEdit

Dias sits on the Supervisory Board of Eurazeo, and is President of the Audit Committee[15].


Kenneth and Anne Griffin FoundationEdit

Dias was co-President of the Kenneth and Anne Griffin Foundation, which she co-founded in 2009; it was dissolved in 2014 due to the couple's divorce.[16][17] The foundation focused on early childhood education, the arts, and medical research, with particular emphasis on the health of women and children. The Griffins pledged more than $100 million to leading innovators and entrepreneurs whose initiatives are bringing measurable and sustainable change to the community.[18] Dias organized a national conference on early childhood education every year in Chicago for teachers, academic researchers and public policy experts.[19]

In 2006, Anne Dias and Kenneth Griffin gave $19 million to the Art Institute of Chicago, and in 2009, the Griffin's donated $10 million to establish the Griffin Early Childhood Center.[20][21]

In 2010, they donated $16 million to the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago of Chicago at Northwestern University to create an Emergency Care Center, which opened in 2012.[22][23]

In 2010, Dias founded the Chicago Heights Early Childhood Center (CHECC), an experimental school program for preschool-aged kids. Since then, Dias has partnered with University of Chicago and Harvard economics professors to support and refine the program. The CHECC has helped close to 900 children.[24]


Anne Dias is a member of Harvard Business School’s Board of Dean's Advisors, and a Director of the Sciences Po American Foundation[25] and the French American Foundation in New York[26].


Dias is a Trustee of the Museum of Modern Art[27], of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs[28], and of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.

Dias is a former trustee of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, where she headed the Investment Committee.[29] She was also a Trustee of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the Children's Memorial Medical Center and Foundation which is part of the Lurie Children’s Hospital at Northwestern University.[30] Dias is a former director of Friends of Island Academy (FOIA).[31]


Anne Dias is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business where she teaches a course on Hedge Fund Strategies[32].



Anne Dias is a contributor on foreign policy issues, finance and economics as well as french politics for the Financial Times, the Huffington Post, The Chicago Tribune, and Crain’s Chicago Business.

In 2012, Anne Dias launched Reboot Illinois, the largest news website/social media platform focused on Illinois politics, with over 650,000 monthly page views. During Dias’ ownership, Reboot Illinois was the recipient of multiple journalism awards. She sold to AFK Media Group in 2016.

Published papersEdit

  • Moss, David, Anne Dias, and Bertrand O. Stephann. The French Pension System: On the Verge of Retirement?, Harvard Business School Case 798-032.[33]
  • Research Assistant, Walter Berns, ed. After the People Vote: A Guide to the Electoral College (2nd edition; Washington: AEI Press, 1992)[9]
  • Research Assistant, Patrick J. Glynn, Closing Pandora's Box: Arms Races, Arms Control and a History of the Cold War (New Republic Books, 1992)[10]

Personal lifeEdit

Dias married hedge fund manager, Kenneth Griffin, in 2003. In 2015, Griffin and Dias divorced.[34] The couple has three children.[35]


  • The Hedge Fund Journal, “50 Leading Women in Hedge Funds”, 2010[36]
  • Harvard Club of Chicago, “Annual Alumni Award”, 2010[37]
  • U.S. Banker, “The 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking; Non-Bank Women in Finance”, Award recipient in 2007, 2008, 2009[11][38][39]
  • Trader Monthly Magazine, “Wonder Women”, 2008[40]
  • Crain's Chicago Business, “40 Under 40”, 2006[41]
  • Institutional Investor, “20 Rising Stars of Hedge Funds”, 2006[42]


  1. ^ a b "Escape Focus 40 under 40, 2006". Crain's. November 5, 2006.
  2. ^ Courtney Comstock and Isabelle Schafer (May 9, 2011). "The Hottest Hedge Fund Wives On Wall Street". Business Insider.
  3. ^ Tim Murphy (October 24, 2007). "Who Gets to Marry a Billionaire?". New York Magazine.
  4. ^ Nicolas Berggruen (September 10, 2013). "Good Governance: Lighten Up or Tighten Up??". Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Archived from the original on September 23, 2013. Retrieved September 21, 2013.
  5. ^ "Chicago John Carroll Weekend: Acknowledgements". Georgetown University. April 26, 2012.
  6. ^ Michael Sneed (July 24, 2014). "Sneed: Timing of divorce filing stuns billionaire Ken Griffin's wife". Chicago Sun-Times.
  7. ^ "Our Patrons". University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Retrieved July 27, 2014.
  8. ^ a b Hanson, Janet (March 13, 2006). More Than 85 Broads. McGraw Hill Professional. ISBN 9780071423687. Retrieved July 27, 2014.
  9. ^ a b Berns, Walter (1983). After the People Vote. American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. ISBN 9780844735405. Retrieved July 26, 2014.
  10. ^ a b Glynn, Patrick J. (1992). Closing Pandora's Box. Basic Books. ISBN 9780465098095. Retrieved July 28, 2014.
  11. ^ a b Anthony Malakian (October 1, 2009). "The Top 25 Nonbank Women in Finance: #19 Anne Dias Griffin". American Banker.
  12. ^ staff (November 14, 2007). "Billionaire Wives Club Gets New Member".
  13. ^ Melissa Harris (June 2, 2012). "Chicago Confidential: Anne Dias Griffin to launch media company, reform-minded news site". Chicago Tribune.
  14. ^ "TODAY'S DEALS: Aragon Completes Kansas City Acquisition". Multi-Housing News. May 9, 2012.
  15. ^ "Le Conseil de Surveillance". Eurazeo (in French). Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  16. ^ Kenneth and Anne Griffin Foundation dissolved Archived 2014-10-06 at the Wayback Machine,; accessed February 12, 2015.
  17. ^ "Kenneth C. Griffin". The Fund Chicago Public Education. Retrieved July 25, 2014.
  18. ^ John Lauerman (February 20, 2014). "Citadel's Griffin Gives Harvard $150 Million for Student Aid". Bloomberg BusinessWeek.
  19. ^ "2012 Frontiers in Education Conference". The Kenneth and Anne Griffin Foundation. Archived from the original on December 14, 2012. Retrieved July 26, 2014.
  20. ^ Dealbook (July 26, 2007). "Citadel's Griffin at the Art World's Gates". The New York Times.
  21. ^ Oliver Staley (February 23, 2011). "Chicago Economist's 'Crazy Idea' Wins Ken Griffin's Backing". Bloomberg BusinessWeek.
  22. ^ Melissa Harris and Bruce Japsen (January 7, 2010). "Kenneth and Anne Griffin give $16 million to Children's Memorial Hospital". Chicago Tribune.
  23. ^ Melissa Harris and Bruce Japsen. "Griffins' gift will enhance emergency care in new hospital". Lurie Children's Hospital. Retrieved July 26, 2014.
  24. ^ Jill Radsken (August 18, 2014). "Closing the Education Gap". Harvard Business School.
  25. ^ "Anne Dias | Sciences Po US FOUNDATION". 2017-11-03. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  26. ^ "Governance - French-American Foundation". French-American Foundation. Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  27. ^ "Officers & Board of Trustees". Museum of Modern Art. Retrieved July 25, 2014.
  28. ^ "Conseil d'administration". Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  29. ^ "Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association Board of Trustees" (PDF). Chicago Symphony Orchestra. October 17, 2012.
  30. ^ "Children's Memorial Hospital Receives $16 Million Gift from The Kenneth and Anne Griffin Foundation". Business Wire. January 6, 2010.
  31. ^ "Board: Friends of Island Academy". Friends of Island Academy. Retrieved July 25, 2014.
  32. ^ "Georgetown University Alumni Partner With Center for Financial Markets and Policy to Teach MBA Hedge Fund Investing Course". Georgetown University. 2018-04-18. Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  33. ^ "David A. Moss". Publications. Harvard Business School. 2006. Archived from the original on October 9, 2006. Retrieved 2006-10-15.
  34. ^ Aaron Smith (October 7, 2015). "Hedge fund billionaire Ken Griffin reaches divorce settlement". CNN Money. Retrieved October 27, 2015.
  35. ^ Andrew Harris, Saijel Kishan and Katherine Burton (July 24, 2014). "Citadel's Griffin Seeks Divorce After 11-Year Marriage". Bloomberg News.
  36. ^ Philippa Aylmer. "50 Leading Women in Hedge Funds" (PDF). The HedgeFund Journal. Retrieved February 12, 2015.
  37. ^ "2010 Annual Award Dinner Honoring Anne Dias Griffin, MBA97 & Kenneth Griffin, AB89". University Club of Chicago. March 13, 2010. Archived from the original on August 6, 2014.
  38. ^ Michael Sisk (October 2, 2007). "Peer to Peer". American Banker.
  39. ^ Michael Sisk (October 1, 2008). "Peer to Peer". American Banker.
  40. ^ "Wonder Women". Texas Wall Street Women. October 14, 2008.
  41. ^ "40 under 40". Crain's Chicago Business. 2006.
  42. ^ "20 Rising Stars of Hedge Funds". Institutional Investor. 2006.