Yaron Brook

Executive Director
Ayn Rand Institute


  • Laissez-faire capitalism
  • Objectivism
  • Rights
  • Business ethics
  • Financial markets
  • Politics
  • Government regulations
  • Economic policy
  • Self-Defense & Free Trade
  • Middle East
  • Foreign Policy
  • Terrorism
  • Science & Industrialization
  • Government & Business
  • Culture & Society

Yaron Brook is executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute.


Dr. Brook is coauthor, with Don Watkins, of the national best-seller Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand's Ideas Can End Big Government. He is an internationally sought-after speaker and debater. 


He was a columnist at Forbes.com, and his articles have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Investor’s Business Daily and many other publications. He is a frequent guest on national radio and television programs and is a contributing author to Neoconservatism: An Obituary for an Idea, Winning the Unwinnable War: America’s Self-Crippled Response to Islamic Totalitarianism and Big Tent: The Story of the Conservative Revolution — As Told by the Thinkers and Doers Who Made It Happen (forthcoming).


Dr. Brook was born and raised in Israel. He served as a first sergeant in Israeli military intelligence and earned a BSc in civil engineering from Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel. In 1987 he moved to the United States where he received his MBA and PhD in finance from the University of Texas at Austin; he became an American citizen in 2003. For seven years he was an award-winning finance professor at Santa Clara University, and in 1998 he cofounded BH Equity Research, a private equity and hedge fund manager, of which he is managing director and chairman.


He serves on the boards of the Ayn Rand Institute, the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism and CEHE (Center for Excellence in Higher Education), and he is a member of the Association of Private Enterprise Education and the Mont Pelerin Society.

Career Roles

Executive Director

Ayn Rand Institute
2000 – present


Founder, Managing Director and Chairman
BH Equity Research
1998 – present

Assistant Professor

Department of Finance
Santa Clara University
1993 – 2000

Selected Work


Debate at Ford Hall Forum: “Reaping Is a Virtue” November 07, 2012

Free Market Revolution: A Cocktail Hour with Yaron Brook October 2012

Town Hall Seattle: Debate on Role of Government November 2011

First Principles Debate Series: “Government: What Is Its Proper Role?” March 2011

Saxo Bank Event: “Capitalism Without Guilt — Ayn Rand’s Radical Defense of Free Markets” January 21, 2013

Commonwealth Club of California: Yaron Brook and David Callahan Debate: “Is Capitalism Moral?” October 2012

Talks & Lectures

"Capitalism Without Guilt"

“The Financial Crisis: What Happened and Why”

“Defending Capitalism”

“The Corporation”

“The Morality of War”

“The Rise of Totalitarian Islam”

“Why Be Selfish?”

“Why Bad Economics Won’t Go Away”

“How Ayn Rand’s Ideas Can Save Health Care”

“The Immorality of Government Medicine”

Media Interviews

BookTV: Yaron Brook: Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand’s Ideas Can End Big Government

PJTV: Bill Whittle Interview: “Free Market Revolution: Did Ayn Rand Provide a Path to Economic Prosperity?”

John Stossel Interview: “Greed vs. Charity”

Yaron Brook on Byline: “The Morality of Capitalism” May 07, 2013

Yaron Brook on Ezra Levant’s show The Source: “The Morality of Capitalism”

The Right Side: “A Moral Argument for Capitalism” [KMVT] January 15, 2013

“Achieving a Fiscally Strong Country” September 06, 2013

“Reason, Rationality, and Personal Responsibility” August 23, 2013

“Apple’s Price-Fixing Case” June 08, 2013


Columnist at Forbes.com

“Is Rand Relevant?” [The Wall Street Journal] March 14, 2009

Atlas Shrugged’s Timeless Moral: Profit-Making Is Virtue, Not Vice” July 20, 2010

“Why Are We Moving Toward Socialized Medicine” July 29, 2009

“Why the Glass-Steagall Myth Persists” November 12, 2012

“To Stimulate the Economy, Liberate It” February 14, 2008