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Michael R. Stone

Founder and Managing Member, FS Investors

Stone emerged from behind the scenes as the primary money backing the SoccerCity proposal to bring in an MLS team and redevelop the old Qualcomm Stadium property. Stone founded FS Investors, a private firm whose investments range from $1 million to $40 million. He previously spent 20 years at J.H. Whitney & Co., retiring in 2009 as senior partner and president. He currently serves as a senior advisor and partner of TPG (whose board includes Bono and Richard Branson) and is chief investment officer for a $2 billion fund. Stone serves on numerous boards and advisory councils and is a member of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County President’s Circle

ALMA MATER: Duke University, Harvard Business School

THE OTHER STONE: He is not related to Nick Stone, a partner at FS Investors and media spokesperson for the SoccerCity group.

HOBBY: He is a passionate collector of maps and opened the Map & Atlas Museum of La Jolla in 2011.

SWIMMER: FS Investors originally was named Freestyle Capital; he was a competitive swimmer in his youth.