Richard Roll

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Richard Roll
Occupation Japan Alumni Chair
Employer UCLA Anderson School

Richard Roll is the Japan Alumni Chair in International Finance at the UCLA Anderson School. He is a principal of Compensation Valuation, Inc. and several other financial firms.

Roll was named the 2009 IAFE/SunGard Financial Engineer of the Year (FEOY), to be presented on February 4, 2010, at the New York Stock Exchange during the IAFE/SunGard FEOY Award Gala Dinner.[1]


Roll's business experience includes three years with the Boeing Company in the early 1960's, where he worked on the Minuteman missile and the Saturn moon rocket. During 1985-87, he was a vice president of Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he founded and directed the mortgage securities research group. He has been a consultant for many U.S. corporations, law firms, and government agencies.

He has also been on the faculty at Carnegie-Mellon University, The European Institute for Advanced Study of Management in Brussels, and the French business school, Hautes Etudes Commerciales, near Paris. He joined the UCLA faculty in 1976.

Roll has published two books and more than ninety articles in peer-reviewed journals on a variety of financial topics. His 1968 doctoral thesis won the Irving Fisher Prize as the best American dissertation in economics. He has won the Graham and Dodd Award for financial writing (three times) and the Leo Melamed Award for the best financial research by an American business school professor. He is past president of the American Finance Association and is a fellow of the Econometric Society. He is currently or has been an associate editor of eleven different journals in finance and economics.

His non-golf recreations include flying, managing a working ranch and a vineyard, and being the proprietor of a restaurant where his wife is the chef.


Roll has a bachelor's degree in aeronautical engineering from Auburn University and an MBA from the University of Washington. His academic career began in 1968 with a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.