Portfolio managers are supported by the entire Thornburg investment team.
Bill Fries is senior advisor of Thornburg Investment Management. He joined the firm in 1995 as the founding portfolio manager for Thornburg's first equity strategy, and until 2016, he co-managed Thornburg’s international equity strategy. Bill maintains his role as investment analyst, providing his knowledge, insight, and experience as he mentors and collaborates with the investment talent at Thornburg.
Bill was named Morningstar’s 2003 International Fund Manager of the Year. He was also recognized with the Excellence in Fund Management Award by BusinessWeek Magazine/Standard & Poor’s in both 2004 and 2005. He was again acknowledged in 2006 with the Excellence in Fund Management Award and in 2012 with a Lipper Award.
Bill began his career as a securities analyst and bank investment officer. His more than 40 years of investment management experience includes an extended tenure as vice president of equities at USAA Investment Management Company. He is a CFA charterholder.
Lei Wang is portfolio manager for Thornburg Investment Management. He joined Thornburg Investment Management in 2004 as associate portfolio manager and was promoted to portfolio manager in 2006.
Lei holds a BA and an MA from East China Normal University and an MBA from New York University. He is a CFA charterholder. Prior to joining Thornburg, he served as an associate for Deutsche Bank as well as for Enso Capital Management. He has also worked as a bank supervision manager at China’s central bank.
Di Zhou is portfolio manager for Thornburg Investment Management. She joined Thornburg in 2010 as an equity research analyst and was promoted to associate portfolio manager in 2014, then to portfolio manager in 2015.
Di holds a BA in business administration from the University of Southern California and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She is a CFA charterholder and a certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM).
Prior to graduate school, Di was a senior associate at Wilshire Associates, covering growth equity and fixed income manager research.