Sir Ronald's Philosophy

We are moving towards a better and fairer world, where markets drive doing good while making profit, and people want to do good and do well at the same time.

We must embrace measurable impact as a driver in every investment, business, and policy decision we make. This is the “invisible heart of markets,” guiding their “invisible hand.”

This new world will drive an improvement in the well-being of people and planet, creating a fairer and more prosperous future for us all.


Photo by  Sitra / Minna Hemmila

Photo by Sitra / Minna Hemmila

Sir Ronald Cohen is a preeminent international philanthropist, venture capitalist, private equity investor, and social innovator, who is driving forward the global impact revolution.

He is Chairman of the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment (GSG) (which succeeded the G8 Social Impact Investment Task Force, of which he was also Chair); Chairman and co-Founder of The Portland Trust; co-Founder of Social Finance UK, US, and Israel; co-Founder of Bridges Fund Management UK, US, and Israel; and co-Founder of Big Society Capital.

Each of the initiatives he leads today aims to shift the allocation of human and financial resources to creating positive impact.

In 1972, he co-Founded what became Apax Partners Worldwide LLC, which he led as its Executive Chairman until 2005. Sir Ronald has served on a number of prominent investment boards, including the Harvard Management Company and the Oxford Investment Committee. He invests in profit-with-purpose companies and is an active global philanthropist, tackling issues ranging from Israeli/Palestinian peacebuilding to humanities and the arts.

Each day, he strives to live by a simple principle: Do Good, Do Well!