Marc Rowan

Marc Rowan

Formal First Name
1962 - present

Marc Rowan is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Apollo Global Management, one of the biggest private equity firms in the United States. He met his co-founders Leon Black and Joshua Harris while working at the Mergers and Acquisitions Division of Drexel Burnham Lambert. While at the investment bank, his responsibilities include high yield financing, transaction idea generation, and merger structure negotiation. The trio formed Apollo in 1990 after Drexel filed for bankruptcy following a cash shortage caused by turmoil in the junk bond market.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • Vice-Chair of Darca
  • Member of the Boards of Directors of Athene Holding
  • Member of the Boards of Directors of Athora Holding
  • Board Member of the National Jewish Outreach Program 


  • He is an initial funder and contributor to the development of the Penn Wharton Budget Model, a nonpartisan research initiative that provides analysis of public policy’s fiscal impact. 
  • He also serves on the boards of several technology-oriented venture companies.