- Spring 2014
Bob White brings a unique perspective to the world of politics having entered in a non-traditional way. His deep involvement in political campaigns – senatorial, gubernatorial and presidential – began after a distinguished business career.
In 1984, White was a founding partner of Bain Capital along with Mitt Romney and a small group of colleagues. Bain Capital started as a small private equity firm managing $38 million in a single office located in Boston. Today, the firm has become one of the world’s largest and most successful private equity and financial investment firms in the world, managing over $75 Billion in eight countries. White served for 20 years as a partner and a Managing Director of the firm and is currently a Special Limited Partner. Prior to joining Bain Capital at its inception, he worked at the international strategic consulting firm Bain & Company, and at the public accounting firm Price Waterhouse & Co.
White became active in politics to support his business partner and friend, Mitt Romney. He took a leave of absence from Bain Capital in 1994 to serve as Chairman of the Romney for Senate Campaign against the late Senator Ted Kennedy. White has been actively involved in each of Governor Romney’s campaigns since that time, serving as Chairman and a senior advisor for the 2002 Romney Gubernatorial Campaign, 2008 and 2012 Romney Presidential Campaigns. In 2002, he ran the Romney Gubernatorial Transition Committee working closely with the Governor Elect to recruit and assemble an Administration. In his book Turnaround, Governor Romney describes Bob as his “Wingman”.
White holds an A.B. degree in Mathematics and Economics from Bowdoin College, an MBA from the Harvard Business School, and a CPA.
White has served on numerous non-profit, private and public company Boards of Directors. He is a Trustee of Bowdoin College, and served on the Board of Deans Advisors at the Harvard Business School and the Board of Governors of the London Business School. He also serves on the Board of The Boston Celtics.
He and his wife, Tona, have six children and reside in Weston, Massachusetts.