Bill Walton is a Senior Fellow of the Center on Wealth, Poverty, and Morality, and Vice President of the Council for National Policy. He is the chairman of Rappahannock Ventures, LLC (private equity) and Rush River Entertainment (feature film production), which he founded in 2010.
Previously, he served as chairman of the board and CEO of Allied Capital Corporation (NYSE) from 1997 to 2009, and as chairman until 2010 when the company was successfully merged with Ares Capital. Under Bill’s leadership Allied Capital grew from $600 million in managed assets to $12 billion. Its private equity portfolio held a majority interest in over 40 companies with aggregate revenues of over $4 billion employing approximately 20,000 people. As CEO, he and his management team helped hundreds of entrepreneurs and management teams grow and expand their businesses. Bill was also a Managing Director of Butler Capital Corporation, a private equity firm, the personal investment advisor to William S. Paley, founder of CBS, and Senior Vice President with Lehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb.
As an entrepreneur, he co-founded two educational service companies, Success Lab and Language Odyssey. Bill is actively engaged in public policy, political action, the arts and his local community. He currently serves on the boards of directors of The Media Research Center and ForAmerica. He is a member the Collectors Committee and the Trustees’ Council of the National Gallery of Art (NGA) and serves as an Advisor to the NGA Board of Trustees Finance Committee. He is also President of the Washington, VA Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company and is a life member of MENSA and the NRA.
Educated in public schools in Indianapolis, Bill served in the U.S. Army as an enlisted specialist at the Pentagon. He completed his B.S. from Indiana University and his M.B.A. (Beta Gamma Sigma) from Indiana’s Kelley School of Business. Bill is married with two grown children. He resides in Washington, VA with his wife Sarah and their three terriers, Coco, Buddy and Jackie.