Rupal is chief investment officer and portfolio manager of Ariel’s international and global equity strategies. In this capacity, she manages over $7 billion in portfolios for both institutional and retail clients.
Her career and investment approach can be described in one word – “Unconventional”. Unlike most long-only managers, Rupal’s buyside career began over 20 years ago on the long-short side, at Soros Fund Management. This formative experience, taught Rupal how to think about both the long and short side of the trade. She is among the rare breed of value managers who has outperformed her benchmarks during the last two decades. Rupal credits her uncommon investment success to her uncommon investment process – one where non-consensus thinking and the courage to go against the grain play a pivotal role. It is not surprising that Barron’s christened her a “Global Contrarian,” Forbes called her a “Global Guru,” and PBS’s Consuelo Mack refers to her as an “unconventional thinker.”
Rupal earned a Bachelor as well as a Master of Commerce in finance from the University of Mumbai. She later earned an MBA in finance from the University of Rochester, where she was a Rotary Foundation Scholar.