Jim Barry

Jim Barry

Chief Investment Officer, BlackRock Alternatives Investors

Jim Barry, Managing Director, is the Chief Investment Officer of BlackRock Alternatives Investors (BAI) and Global Head of BlackRock Real Assets. BAI manages over $175 billion in total assets and client commitments with a team of over 900. As CIO, Jim is responsible for providing leadership to the alternatives investment teams in all regions across the Real Estate, Infrastructure, Hedge Funds, Private Equity and Credit businesses.

BlackRock Real Assets comprises BlackRock's Infrastructure and Real Estate businesses, which have around 400 professionals across 27 cities globally, and manage approximately $50 billion in equity and debt assets and investor commitments. He is responsible for determining the overall strategic direction of the Real Assets platform, implementing the platform's investment strategies and leading platform growth initiatives.

Jim founded BlackRock's Infrastructure business in 2011. In 2016, he took responsibility for BlackRock's Global Real Estate Investment business by integrating both Infrastructure and Real Estate. Under his leadership it has grown from $34 billion to around $50 billion in assets.

Prior to joining BlackRock, Jim spent 11 years as the CEO of NTR plc. Previously he worked at Bain and Company and at Morgan Stanley.

Jim holds a BComm from University College Cork and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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