Rick Magnuson founded GI Partners in 2001, and is a member of all GI Partners investment committees. 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, 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. Previously, Mr. Magnuson was a Director of Investment Banking at Merrill Lynch & Co.. Earlier in his career, he worked for Digital Research, the company that created the personal computer operating system, and founded and sold Interactive Software, a software services business.


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