John W. Henry
Principal Owner, The Boston Red Sox Award for Corporate Citizenship
Mr. John W. Henry is renowned not only for his distinguished career defined by industry versatility and market foresight, but also as a generous philanthropist whose steadfast commitment to community outreach has greatly benefitted social and medical causes in New England and Florida.
As Founder and Chairman of John W. Henry & Company, Inc. (JWH), he established a sterling reputation throughout the corporate arena. Dedicated to providing investors with impeccable service and implementing a unique alternative asset management business model, JWH is one of the longest established managed futures advisors in the world. Regarded as one of the most intuitive and keen leaders in the industry, he has been sought after to serve as an advisor to national enterprises, including the National Association of Futures Trading Advisors, the Managed Futures Trade Association, and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.
Mr. Henry’s success in the financial sector is mirrored by his success in professional baseball. His devotion to baseball has garnered him nine championship rings. Mr. Henry’s love of America’s pastime inspired him in 1989 to become chairman and majority owner of the Tucson Toros of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League and the West Palm Beach Tropics of the Senior Professional Baseball Association. In 1992, he became a limited partner of the New York Yankees before becoming the chairman and sole owner of the Florida Marlins from 1999 to 2002.
In 2002, Mr. Henry acquired the principal ownership of one of baseball’s most historic franchises—the Boston Red Sox. Taking Major League Baseball (MLB) by storm, he leveraged his resources to restore the Red Sox’s legacy of national excellence. Within two years of his ownership, the team won their first World Series title since 1918, and then captured its second in 2007.
As principal owner, Mr. Henry works with Tom Werner and Larry Lucchino to head New England Sports Ventures which owns the Boston Red Sox; Fenway Sports Group; certain real estate, including Fenway Park; and the New England Sports Network. In 2007, Fenway Sports Group partnered with Roush Racing of NASCAR to form Roush Fenway Racing—the first time that owners of a professional franchise in one of the four major leagues have crossed over into the world of NASCAR. The partnership provides both organizations with the necessary resources to remain competitive at the highest levels of their respective sports.
Understanding the unique responsibility the Red Sox Organization has to the Boston community and the vital role it could play, Mr. Henry and his partners have focused on increasing the team’s presence and activity outside of the stadium. After purchasing the Red Sox in 2002, the Red Sox Foundation was established; and with the help of support by Red Sox ownership, staff, Red Sox players, and fans, it has since grown into the largest professional sports charity in New England and one of the largest in Major League Baseball.
The Red Sox Foundation both partners with organizations and runs its own programs to create positive change for at-risk children and families throughout New England, focusing on the areas of health, education, recreation, and social service needs. Recently, the Foundation renewed a philanthropic partnership with The Jimmy Fund that began with the Red Sox 56 years ago, representing one of the most remarkable relationships between a team and a charity in sports history. Each year, the Foundation endows 25 economically-disadvantaged, yet academically-talented students from Boston Public Schools with merit-based college scholarships along with access to tutoring and mentoring. Through the Red Sox Scholars Program, countless children and families have been given a chance for a better education and brighter future.
After years of privately supporting many charitable organizations, in 2004 Mr. Henry established the John W. Henry Family Foundation to promote child development, support local educational initiatives, and to fund clinical programs and research in stem cells and mind/body. Since its inception, the John W. Henry Family Foundation has supported numerous charitable organizations in New England and in Florida, the most notable of which is the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind/Body Medicine.
With his ongoing dedication to creating a better living environment and improving education, Mr. Henry received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from Alternative Investment News, and the “Futures Hall of Fame” Award from the Futures Industry Association. Mr. Henry has also received honorary doctorate degrees from Northeastern University and Boston University as well as the Master Entrepreneur of the Year Award in New England. Mr. Henry serves on Major League’s Baseball’s Executive Council, a number of various MLB committees, and is a board member of MLB.com. He also serves as a trustee of the Massachusetts General Hospital.
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