John Rutledge, Expert on Economic Growth and Technology, Joins The Heartland Institute as Senior Fellow

Published August 2, 2005

CHICAGO, IL June 15, 2005 — Dr. John Rutledge has joined The Heartland Institute as senior fellow for economic growth and technology.

Rutledge is chairman of the Rutledge Capital, a private equity investment firm and a member of the Advisory Boards of B.V. Group and Saugatuck Capital. He is also a board member of the Progress and Freedom Foundation and a senior fellow at the Pacific Research Institute.

After tours of duty in both academics and government policy, he has started, run, chaired, owned, and harvested dozens of companies, and has managed real money in both mutual funds and private equity. He was one of the principal architects of the Reagan economic plan in 1980-81 and has been an advisor to the Bush White House on both the dividend tax cut and rebuilding Iraq.

Dr. Rutledge is a regular guest host on CNBC’s Squawk Box and a frequent guest on CNBC’s Market Hour, Closing Bell, on Fox News’ Cavuto on Business and Forbes on Fox and on PBS’ Wall Street Week with Fortune. Dr. Rutledge wrote the Business Strategy column for Forbes for more than a decade and now writes for and He also authors the acclaimed Rutledge Blog on economic and technology issues at

Dr. Rutledge is one of the principal authors of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce study on telecom reform and has written two books and hundreds of articles for The Wall Street Journal, the American Spectator, Barron’s, Forbes, Fortune, National Review, Financial Times, US News and World Report, Business Week, and other publications. He has testified before Congressional Committees and has advised government officials in the US, UK, Ireland, and Kuwait.

Dr. Rutledge served on the faculties of Tulane University and Claremont McKenna College, where he taught monetary economics, international finance, and econometrics. In 1978, Dr. Rutledge founded the Claremont Economics Institute, an economic advisory business in Claremont, California. He holds a BA from Lake Forest College and a PhD from the University of Virginia. He divides his time between Greenwich, Connecticut and Maui.

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