Yaron Brook - Biography

Biography

Yaron Brook was born and raised in Israel. His parents were Jewish socialists who were originally from South Africa. A friend lent him a copy of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged when he was 16, and he eventually embraced Objectivism. At the age of 18 he was drafted into the Israeli Army. He served for three years (1979–1982), and was a First Sergeant in Israeli military intelligence. Once out of the army, he attended college at the Technion—Israel Institute of Technology located in Haifa, and in 1986 he received his B.Sc. in Civil Engineering.

In 1987, Brook moved to the United States to study at the University of Texas at Austin. There, he received his MBA in 1989 and his PhD in Finance in 1994. He was subsequently hired to teach Finance at Santa Clara University in California, where he was an assistant professor for seven years. He was a teacher and developed a class on "Finance and Ethics." In 1998 Brook (with Robert Hendershott) started an investment consulting business called BH Equity Research, located in San Jose, California. He is currently a managing partner of that firm.

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