Private Ocean adds new owner

Private Ocean, a wealth management firm in San Rafael, Calif., is expanding its team by hiring Dr. Frederick E. Dopfel as an owner. Dopfel will also serve as co-chair of the firm’s investment committee with Dr. Frank Jones. Previously, Dopfel was managing director and head of client advisory at BlackRock.


SAN RAFAEL, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dr. Frederick E. Dopfel has joined Marin County wealth management firm Private Ocean as an owner. He will serve as co-chair of the firm’s investment committee with Dr. Frank Jones. The move further deepens Private Ocean’s ability to provide thoughtful financial planning and sophisticated research to the firm’s clients.
“Combining the vast experience and intellectual horsepower of Fred Dopfel and Frank Jones is a huge win for our clients,” said Private Ocean chairman Richard Stone. “Rarely do individual investors get access to this caliber of academic-based, institutional-grade discipline.”
Dr. Dopfel has worked as an investment professional in the San Francisco Bay Area for more than 30 years. In addition to his role as co-chair of the investment committee at Private Ocean, he is also a professor in the School of Business and Leadership at Dominican University of California.
Fred is a recognized authority in the asset management industry. He has advised many of the world’s leading institutional investors on portfolio issues and solutions throughout Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Americas. Previously, he was managing director and head of client advisory at BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager. Fred’s professional experience includes: corporate finance and strategy consulting to Fortune 500 companies; mergers & acquisitions for the financial services industry; reinsurance and alternative risk financing; venture capital; and, asset management advice for pensions, foundations, endowments, sovereign wealth funds and individual investors.
Dr. Dopfel holds a Ph.D. in Engineering – Economic Systems and an MS in Operations Research from Stanford University, and a BS in Mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He has authored numerous papers on total-portfolio investment issues and solutions.
Private Ocean is a wealth management firm deliberately structured to give clients the intimate experience of a small firm, while harnessing the power, depth and discipline of a much larger one. The 23-person Private Ocean team seamlessly integrates personal financial planning and institutional-class investing. Private Ocean clients interact directly with a tight-knit team of specialists led by recognized industry leaders and pioneers in planning, investing, ethics and technology.
In 2013, Private Ocean was named Best Wealth Management firm by North Bay Biz and one of the Best Places to Work by The North Bay Business Journal. Chairman Richard Stone was honored with the Schwab IMPACT® Leadership Award at the 2011 Schwab IMPACT® conference. Last year, CEO Greg Friedman made Investment Advisor’s 25 Most Influential list. In 2011, Friedman received the Investment News Industry Influencer Award. He received the Schwab IMPACT® Best in Tech Award in 2007.
Formed in 2009, Private Ocean ( combined two of the oldest privately-held wealth management firms in the San Francisco Bay Area – Salient Wealth Management and Friedman & Associates. Founded by Richard Stone and Greg Friedman, the firm has over $850 million in assets under management. Private Ocean works with senior executives, business owners and other affluent individuals with a minimum of $2 million to invest.