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Mark BellHead of Family Office Services and Private Capital, Balentine


Mark Bell, Ph.D., is a Partner and Head of Family Office Services and Private Capital at Balentine. He brings two decades of investing and leadership experience to this role. Prior to joining Balentine, Mark was managing principal and director at Diversified Trust. He also served as chief investment officer at BlueArc Capital. Mark began his career with McKinsey & Co. and subsequently was director of strategy at D. E. Shaw & Co., a multi-strategy hedge fund manager, where he developed and executed the organization’s private equity investment strategy and launched the firm’s reinsurance business. He later served as the executive vice chairman of Brand Bank, where he led the recapitalization of the bank during the Financial Crisis.

In addition to being a frequent contributor to publications such as Real Assets AdviserFinancial TimesWall Street Journal, and Atlanta Business Chronicle, Mark has given international lectures at Luxembourg School of Finance, the University of Zurich, Sciences Po, the Vatican, and the Kuwait Fund. Mark is a senior fellow and adjunct faculty member of the Center for Alternative Investments at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.


  • Ph.D., Modern History, University of Oxford, Balliol College, Oxford, UK, 2003
  • M.A., Modern History, University of Chicago, University of Oxford, Balliol College, 1999
  • B.A., Stanford University, Stanford, CA, 1998


  • QTM 385: Mathematics of Attraction
  • QTM 498R: Quantitative Sciences Capstone