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Mr. Rupert serves as President of Griffin Capital Company, LLC, and is involved in all aspects of the firm’s activities. He is a member of the Investment Committee of Griffin Capital Advisor, LLC, and Griffin Capital Credit Advisor, LLC, the respective investment advisors to Griffin Institutional Access® Real Estate Fund, and Griffin Institutional Access® Credit Fund, the firm’s ’40 Act interval funds focused on public and private real estate and global credit. Mr. Rupert also serves on the Investment Committee of Griffin American Healthcare REIT IV, Griffin’s partnership with American Healthcare Investors focused on the acquisition and ownership of clinical healthcare real estate. Additionally, Mr. Rupert serves as an officer and member of the Investment Committee of the Griffin Capital Qualified Opportunity Zone Fund, LP.
With over 35 years of commercial real estate and finance experience, Mr. Rupert’s career includes over $9 billion of transaction volume on four continents. Mr. Rupert has been President of Griffin Capital since 2010, and served as Chief Operating Officer of Griffin Capital from 2000-2008. Mr. Rupert’s career began in the early 1980’s when he worked for Chemical Bank (now JP Morgan) in the credit analysis, loan workout and commercial lending areas, and continued at investment banking firm Salomon Brothers (now Citi), where for a decade he was a senior member of the real estate finance department, working in various capacities providing advice and raising debt and equity capital for leading public and private real estate institutions and entrepreneurs; his final responsibilities included heading the firm’s REIT underwriting effort. Mr. Rupert and Mr. Shields met while working together at Salomon. Between 2008 and 2010 Mr. Rupert co-headed an opportunistic hotel fund in partnership with The Olympia Companies, an 800-employee hotel owner-operator, and served as partner in a private equity firm focused on hotel and multifamily residential development in Eastern Europe.
For over 23 years, Mr. Rupert served on the Real Estate Advisory Committee to the Cornell University endowment fund; from 2011 until mid-June 2019 when Mr. Rupert rotated off the Committee, he served as Co-Chairman of that group.
Mr. Rupert is a founding board member of the master’s program in real estate at Cornell and has served as a guest lecturer in graduate-level courses and as a student mentor for over 25 years. He currently serves as president of the 1,100 member Cornell Real Estate Council. Mr. Rupert is also president of the Harvard Business School Real Estate Alumni Group.
Married, father of four and resident of Greenwich, Connecticut