About Chicago Booth

David Booth: The Legacy of Impact

In recognition of the largest gift to any business school in the world, the school became Chicago Booth in 2008. With an unparalleled commitment to the institution, David Booth, ’71, serves as a lifetime member of the school’s business advisory council and on the Board of Trustees of the University of Chicago. David, a founder of Dimensional Fund Advisors in 1981, is the firm's executive chairman.

He has won numerous awards for his accomplishments in applying financial theory and research to the practical world of asset management, particularly for his pioneering work in indexing and small capitalization investing. 

A true pathbreaker, David won the 2017 Investment News Icons and Innovators Award. In 2016, he was named to Forbes’s Money Masters list, recognizing the 40 most powerful people in the financial world; that same year, Institutional Investor honored him with the Management Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2012, David was named the Financial Management Association International’s Outstanding Financial Executive, and in 2010, Investment News named David one of “The Power 20” in the financial services industry.

David is also a member of the board of trustees of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In addition, he is on the board of overseers for the Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics. David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium at the University of Kansas was also named in his honor.

David received his MBA from the University of Chicago in 1971. He holds an MS and a BA from the University of Kansas.