Christopher Flowers is a private equity investor as well as investment manager located in New York City. Flowers is the CEO and Managing Director of J.C. Flowers & Co., a private investment firm dedicated to investing in the financial services industry. Although he was born in California, Christopher was raised in Wayland, Massachusetts. He attended Harvard University where he earned his degree in applied mathematics magna cum laude.
Flower’s career got started at Goldman Sachs, a multinational investment banking firm. Flowers spent 19 years with the firm. During his tenure, Flowers became a founder of Goldman’s financial institutions merger practice. By 1988, Flowers was named partner and at age 31, one of the youngest partners in Goldman history. In 1998, just before Goldman’s initial public offering, Flowers decided to retire from Goldman and start his own firm, J.C. Flowers & Co.
Today the company manages approximately $9 billion in assets. As a partner to Ripplewood Holdings, together they acquired Shinsei Bank in 2000. Flowers became director of the bank and had a net profit of $1 billion from Shinsei’s IPO. During September of 2008, Flowers acquired First National Bank of Cainesville and renamed it Flowers National Bank.
Both Christopher and his wife Anne spend a lot of their time giving back. Together they help guide the J.C. Flowers Foundation, an organization that works with other funding groups to help aid health and social problems. The foundations primarily goals revolve around malaria elimination and Harlem parolee initiative. Christopher also established the Woodford L. and Ann A. Flowers University Professorship at Harvard in honor of his parents.