Jim O'Neill is the chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management. Before that, he was the firm's head of Global Economics, Commodities and Strategy Research. He joined Goldman Sachs in 1995 as a partner, co-head of Global Economics Research and chief currency economist.
Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Mr. O'Neill was head of global research for the Swiss Bank Corporation (SBC) from 1991 to 1995. He joined SBC in 1988. Prior to that, he was with Bank of America and International Treasury Management, a division of Marine Midland Bank.
Mr. O'Neill is the creator of the acronym BRICs. Together with his colleagues, he has published much research about BRICs, which has become synonymous with the emergence of Brazil, Russia, India and China as the growth opportunities of the future.
He earned a degree in economics from the Sheffield University in 1978 and a Ph.D. from the University of Surrey in 1982. In 2011, he published "The Growth Map: Economic Opportunity in the BRICs and Beyond" (Portfolio/Penguin).