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John F. Barry III

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John F. Barry III
🏫 EducationJD
🎓 Alma materHarvard Law School
Princeton University
💼 Occupation
Prospect Capital, (CEO)
Known forCEO, Prospect Capital
👩 Spouse(s)Daria Becker Barry
🌐 WebsiteJohn Barry - LinkedIn
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John F. Barry III is an American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and business executive. He is the CEO of Prospect Capital, an alternative asset management company founded in 1988.[1] Prior to Prospect Capital, he had management careers with L.F. Rothschild and Merrill Lynch. Barry initially started his career as an attorney at Davis Polk & Wardwell and prior to this worked as a law clerk for J. Edward Lumbard.[2] He has sat on the boards of numerous organizations and served as Chairman of the Board at the Mathematics Foundation of America from 1999 until 2011.[2][3]

John Barry, along with his spouse, Daria Becker Barry, are supporters of numerous philanthropic efforts through their foundation, the John and Daria Barry Foundation.[4] Most notably, in 2017 the Foundation pledged $2.5 million over five years to the Prostate Cancer Foundation to establish the John and Daria Barry Precision Oncology Center of Excellence in Manhattan[5] and in 2018 gave $2 million to the Inner-City Scholarship Fund.[6][7][8]

Early life and education[edit]

John Barry is the son of John F. Barry Jr. and Rosemary Susan Quinn and is the second oldest of nine children.[9] He grew up in Westport, Connecticut and later on attended Princeton University where he was a University Scholar and received his B.A. as well as Harvard Law School where he received his JD and worked as an editor of the Harvard Law Review.[10]


During his early career, Barry followed his father's path and worked first as a Law Clerk in the United States court of appeals and subsequently as a corporate securities attorney at Davis Polk & Wardwell advising energy companies.[9][2] He went on to become a Senior Investment and Merchant Banker at Merrill Lynch where he was a founding member of the Project Finance Group. Barry later on served as the Head of the Corporate Finance Department at L.F. Rothschild.[10]

In 1990 Barry joined Prospect Capital as a Managing Director. In 1998 the firm sold its high yield business, Prospect Street High Income, to Highland Capital Management.[11] Subsequently, Barry took control of the venture capital practice in 1998 which managed the NYC Discovery Fund, the City's first venture capital fund to invest solely in New York City based emerging technology companies.[11][12] In 2004 Barry launched Prospect Capital Corporation which is managed by Prospect Capital and trades on NASDAQ under the ticker PSEC.[13]

Personal Life[edit]

Barry is married to Daria Becker Barry who works as the Head of Administration at Prospect Capital.[14]. Together they created the John and Daria Barry Foundation which pledged $2.5 million to establish the John and Daria Barry Center of Excellence to help address the needs of Veterans battling prostate cancer.[15]


  1. "Executive Profile: John Francis Barry III". Bloomberg L.P.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Company Overview of Prospect Marketplace Lending Corporation". Bloomberg Research. 12 December 2018. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  3. "Prospect Capital Corp (PSEC.O) Company Overview". U.S. Reuters.
  4. "Foundation Website". John and Daria Barry Foundation. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  5. "$2.5 Million Gift From the John and Daria Barry Foundation to the Prostate Caner Foundation". PR Newswire. Prostate Cancer Foundation. 8 November 2018. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  6. Fund, Inner-City Scholarship. "Inner-City Scholarship Fund Receives $2M Grant from the John and Daria Barry Foundation in Support of New York Catholic Schools". Retrieved 2019-01-09.
  7. Center, Foundation. "Barry Foundation Awards $2 Million for New York Catholic Schools". Philanthropy News Digest (PND). Retrieved 2019-01-09.
  8. Armando Machado. "Inner-City Scholarship Fund Gets $2 Million From Barry Foundation". Catholic New York. Retrieved 2019-01-09.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "John F. Barry Jr. Obituary". Westport Now. WestportNow Media, LLC. 16 July 2017. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Prospect Capital Corporation John Francis Bio". Market Watch. 12 December 2018. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  11. 11.0 11.1 "Vault Overview of Prospect Capital Corp". Vault. 12 December 2018. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  12. "Archives of the NYC Mayor's Press Office". NYC Mayor's Press Office. 3 May 1999. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  13. "About Prospect Capital". Prospect Capital. 12 December 2018. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  14. "Daria Becker Bio". Bloomberg L.P. 12 December 2018. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  15. "LawlorMediaGroup Prostate Cancer Foundation". Lawlor Media Group. 21 November 2018. Retrieved 12 December 2018.

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