Yaron Brook

Chairman of the Board
Ayn Rand Institute

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  • Business Ethics
  • Economic Policy
  • Financial Markets
  • Laissez Faire Capitalism
  • Middle East
  • Objectivism
  • Politics
  • Regulations
  • Rights
  • Self Defense & Free Trade
  • Terrorism

Yaron Brook is chairman of the board of the Ayn Rand Institute.

Brook can be heard on The Yaron Brook Show, which airs live on YouTube and Spreaker. He is also a frequent guest on national radio and television programs.

In addition to podcasting and speaking globally, Dr. Brook authors works that inspire critical thinking. His most recent book, “In Pursuit of Wealth: The Moral Case for Finance,” makes the case that few industries are more vital to our prosperity – and more maligned – than the financial industry. Brook and coauthor Don Watkins explain why finance has faced so much criticism, and why, despite the conventional image of financiers as “greedy” and reckless, finance is a moral industry. Brook and Watkins also authored national best seller “Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand’s Ideas Can End Big Government” and “Equal Is Unfair: America’s Misguided Fight Against Income Inequality.”

Above and beyond his best-selling books, Dr. Brook 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”.

Brook was also 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.

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 founder and director.

Brook serves on the boards of the Ayn Rand Institute and on the board of the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism. He is a member of the Association of Private Enterprise Education and the Mont Pelerin Society.

Career Roles


  • Ayn Rand Institute
    2000 – present


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


  • Department of Finance
    Santa Clara University
    1993 – 2000

Selected Works


“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”


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