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William F. Sharpe
Name
William F. Sharpe
Position
STANCO 25 Professor of Finance, Emeritus, Stanford University
Background
Received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Started teaching at Stanford University in 1970.
Achievements
On the basis of his remarkable research achievements, starting with his development of the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) which opened up the new field of capital asset pricing, Professor Sharpe was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1990. He is also the most respected finance professor in the business world known as "father of beta" and "theoretical founder of index funds."
Other Activities
Former President of the American Finance Association; Founding Partner of Financial Engines.
Message
I am very pleased to see the establishment of Japan's first comprehensive graduate school in finance. In Europe and the United States, financial research and education are undertaken by both business schools and economics faculties in a competitive, yet complementary, relationship. The University of Tokyo has designed a wide-ranging program that covers asset-management theory, corporate finance, derivative financing, game theory, and micro- and macro-economic financial policy. This kind of comprehensive program will draw world attention. As Japan's first program using data from the Asia-Pacific region, the school will undoubtedly produce both research and education that will generate interest worldwide.
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