Steven B. Weinstein CFA, CFP®

B.A. in Political Science and Communication, Stanford University
MBA and JD, Northwestern University

Professional Certifications

Chartered Financial Analyst®


Lifelong Chicagoan, active in numerous charitable and educational institutions, Ravinia enthusiast and third-generation Chicago Bears season-ticket holder

Steven B. Weinstein

Steven B. Weinstein founded the independent wealth advisory firm of Altair Advisers in June of 2002, and served as President and Chief Investment Officer until being named Chairman in January, 2018. Steve has been counseling wealthy families, business owners, and senior executives on their investment, tax, retirement and estate planning matters for over 40 years. In his role as Chairman, Steve serves clients as well as provides strategic guidance and senior advisory leadership on Altair’s Board and Investment Committee.

Prior to starting Altair, Steve spent nearly two decades with Arthur Andersen, where he was instrumental in designing, establishing and growing its Investment Advisory Services and Personal Financial Planning practices, both in Chicago and nationwide. Steve’s broad background and expertise has earned him a place seven times on Worth magazine’s ranking of The Nation’s Top Wealth Advisors. Barron’s has named him to their list of Top 100 Independent Financial Advisers for 13 years in a row. Chicago magazine selected Steve as one of the Top 10 Financial Advisers and a Five Star Wealth Manager. He has also been named to Crain’s list of Who’s Who in Chicago Business, and was recognized as one of 55 advisers, “considered by their peers to be among the best in the business” in Mary Rowland’s book, “Best Practices for Financial Advisors.” Steve is a frequent lecturer before investment, financial planning and other professional groups and is often quoted in the national media on investing and personal finance issues.

As an industry leader, Steve has served as a member of the Board of Governors of the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards and the CCH Financial and Estate Planning Advisory Board. He is currently active in the CFA Society of Chicago and the Chicago Estate Planning Council. He is a CFA charterholder and a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certificant. He is a member of the Illinois and California bars.

Steve graduated with Distinction in Political Science and Communication from Stanford University in 1974, where he was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and earned both his MBA and JD degrees, with Distinction, from Northwestern University in 1978.

Steve is active on the Gift Planning Advisory Committee of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Northwestern Memorial Foundation’s Professional Council for Philanthropy, and the Pete Henderson Society of the Kellogg Alumni Council. He also serves as a board member of the Ravinia Festival, the Chicago Youth Centers and the Chicago Chapter of the American Jewish Committee, and is a member of The Economic Club of Chicago.

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