John Ehara, ’78

Unison Capital


Nobuyoshi John Ehara cofounded Unison Capital in 1998. Unison Capital, a pioneer in the private equity business in Japan, is among the nation’s leading firms today. Ehara has spearheaded the firm since its inception, building its team and operations.

Ehara was instrumental in establishing the Private Equity Association of Japan. Mr. Ehara served as its first chairman from 2005 to 2007, and again from 2013 until 2015. 

Prior to founding Unison Capital, Ehara spent 16 years as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs, building its franchise in Japan. In 1988, he became the first Japanese to be selected general partner of Goldman Sachs.

Mr. Ehara worked at Morgan Guaranty Trust Company in New York and Tokyo between 1978 and 1980. 

Mr. Ehara holds a B.S. in Architecture and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.