Richard K. Black JD, CFP®
Managing Director

AB, Kenyon College (cum laude)
JD, Chicago-Kent College of Law

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The outdoors, community service, off-the-grid international travel

Richard K. Black

A founding partner of Altair, Richard K. Black has been advising wealthy families since 1988. Combining financial expertise along with a legal and banking background, Richard brings an integrated approach to his investment advice for clients. He has been ranked by Worth magazine as one of the nation’s top wealth advisors. His clients include entrepreneurs, private business owners and c-suite executives from a wide range of national and multinational corporations.

Beyond his work with clients, Richard provides operational and strategic leadership for the firm. He oversees Altair’s legal and regulatory matters, serves as a general counsel and is a leader in the firm’s community involvement. Prior to launching Altair, Richard was a principal with Arthur Andersen, where he was recruited to help spearhead the growth of its investment advisory services practice. Previously, he was a private banker at Continental Bank and The Boston Company.

A well-known and active member of the Chicago philanthropic community, Richard lends his time and expertise to many civic and charitable causes. He is currently on the governing council of the Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, on the Advisory Board for DePaul University’s new graduate program Masters of Science in Wealth Management, a board member for the Ravenswood Health Care Foundation, a member of the professional advisory committee of the Chicago Community Trust. Richard was formerly a board member of Meals on Wheels Chicago, founded the Chicago chapter of Social Venture Partners, was a Presidential Fellow at Kenyon College and was vice president of the University Club of Chicago.

An avid outdoorsman, Richard is active with the Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation. He also serves on the national advisory board for the Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation, a Bozeman, Montana organization that runs therapeutic outdoor programs for wounded veterans.

A poor golfer, he instead can be found with family and friends bird hunting or on the water with a fly rod.

Richard and his family split their time between Chicago and Bozeman.

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