Mohamed El-Erian

Mohamed El-Erian

CHIEF ECONOMIC ADVISER, ALLIANZ GROUP

WHY: Gained fame as CEO and co-chief investment officer at Pimco, helping guide it along with Bill Gross through the 2008 financial crisis. Was CEO at Harvard endowment. Chair of then-President Barack Obama’s Global Development Council. Coined phrase “The New Normal.”

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RECENT: Began serving term as president-elect at Queens’ College Cambridge in United Kingdom in 2020.

QUOTABLE: “There are a lot of things to do once you understand Orange County. I like the whole range of opportunities, from the Segerstrom Center to outdoor stuff.”