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James Ho

James joined AEA in 2001 as an Associate and became a Partner in 2013. He focuses on AEA’s investments in the Consumer and Services sectors. James currently serves on the boards of Melissa & Doug, ThreeSixty and Traeger Wood Pellet Grills. He also served on the board of 24 Hour Fitness and Brand Networks. Prior to AEA’s exit from the investment, James served on the board of 1-800 Contacts and Shoes for Crews.

Prior to joining AEA, James was a strategy consultant with Bain & Company in Chicago, advising both private equity and corporate clients. During his time there, he developed acquisition perspectives and post-merger integration strategies for clients across a wide variety of industries, including consumer products, general industrial and services sectors.

Education B.A. in Economics and Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences, Northwestern University (Honors)
Location New York
Business Private Equity, Middle Market
Portfolio Company Involvement 1-800 Contacts, Inc.
24 Hour Fitness Worldwide, Inc.
Brand Networks
Burt's Bees
Melissa & Doug
Shoes for Crews
Tampico Beverages Inc.
ThreeSixty Group, Ltd.
Traeger Wood Pellet Grills

  • $15b

    With over $15 billion under management, AEA is a leader in global, middle-market private investing.

  • 130+

    With approximately 135 employees, including approximately 90 investment professionals, AEA’s experienced and focused team leverages deep industry knowledge and exceptional operational expertise.

  • 5/3

    With five offices across three continents, AEA has an unparalleled global network of relationships with family owners of industrial companies, business executives and influential government leaders.

  • 1968

    Founded in 1968 by members of the world’s leading industrial families, AEA is one of the oldest and most experienced private equity firms with a long legacy of success.

  • 75

    AEA has more than 75 Participants, who include some of the world’s pre-eminent industrial families, business executives and former government leaders.