Before co-founding AFA in 2020, Marco was a Principal at AQR Capital Management, where he started the firm’s mutual funds business in 2008. At various times, he served as President, CEO and Trustee of the AQR Funds, and as CEO of AQR Investments, AQR’s affiliated Broker Dealer. Over 10 years, the AQR Funds grew from a start-up to $40 billion and became the market leader in liquid alternatives.
Prior to AQR, Marco was a Principal at William Blair & Company, where he served as President of the William Blair Funds and Chief Operating Officer of the Investment Management Department. When Marco joined William Blair, the firm managed $2 billion in mutual fund assets, primarily for the firm’s private clients. He restructured and expanded William Blair’s funds and began marketing them to third-party financial advisors. In the subsequent 8 years, the funds grew to $17 billion in assets.
Before then, Marco was at First Chicago Bank. After joining the bank in a corporate strategy role, Marco was given the opportunity to take over the bank’s fledgling mutual fund business with $1.4 billion in assets. He restructured and rebranded the funds, led them through a merger with another fund family, expanded the sales, legal and operational infrastructure, and eventually grew the funds to $30 billion in assets.
Marco began his career as a strategy consultant with Bain & Company in Boston.
Marco holds a B.A. in mathematics from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in economics from MIT.
Marco has served on the Board of Governors of the Investment Company Institute and on the board of several other industry and charitable organizations.