Rick Magnuson founded GI Partners in 2001, serves as its Executive Managing Director, and leads the GI team. Mr. Magnuson is also the co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:DLR), a leading global provider of data centers and internet peering points. He has investment responsibilities for, and currently serves on the boards of Flexential, Far Niente Wine Estates, and CenterPoint Properties Trust. He previously served on the boards of Duckhorn Wine Company, SoftLayer Technologies, STAG Industrial (NYSE:STAG), Waypoint Homes, The Linc Group, Sunset Gower Studios, ViaWest, as well as Glenborough Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:GLB). Prior to founding GI Partners, he served as Deputy Managing Director of Nomura International's Principal Finance Group in London, which he joined in 1994. At Nomura, he assisted in the investment and oversight of approximately $3 billion of equity capital invested in businesses and properties located in North America and Europe. Previously, Mr. Magnuson was a Director of Investment Banking at Merrill Lynch & Co., where he provided corporate finance and M&A advice to asset-based businesses. Earlier in his career, he worked for Digital Research, a company that created the personal computer operating system, and founded and sold Interactive Software, a software services company. He is a charter member of the San Francisco Bay YPO chapter and an active member of the Hoover Institution at Stanford.


  • M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • B.A. with honors from Dartmouth College