Andrew Barth used a successful wrestling career as a path to business success. A native New Yorker—born in Queens—Barth majored in economics at Columbia University. He was a member of the varsity wrestling team at Columbia University from 1979 through 1983, serving as co-captain of the team his senior year. In 2005, he endowed the varsity head wrestling coaching position, which is now known as the Andrew F. Barth Head Coach of Wrestling. Barth represented the New York Athletic Club in Greco-Roman and freestyle events from 1980 through 1985.
Upon graduation from Columbia Business School in 1985, Barth moved to Los Angeles to begin work for The Capital Group—a global financial investment firm—as financial analyst. He has remained with the organization ever since. As a research director for 15 years, Barth oversaw Capital Guardian Research’s development into a global organization and its evolution as Capital International Research.
Over the past two decades, Barth has risen through a series of executive and investment roles to become the Chairman of Capital Guardian Trust Company and Capital International Limited. His leadership was crucial to the growth of Capital Group from 25 billion dollars in assets in 1985 to 1.2 trillion dollars in assets in 2011.
Barth has been heavily involved with community and charitable work throughout his distinguished career. He was twice elected to the Board of Governors of the San Marino Unified School District from 1997 through 2005, serving three years as president. Barth put in place the foundation that earned San Marino the highest academic performance index ranking of all unified school districts in the State of California for seven years in row.
Barth has received numerous awards, including the John Jay Award from Columbia University in 2011, the International Medical Corporation Global Humanitarian Award in 2011, the After School All Stars Enlightenment Award in 2007, and the Golden Apple Award in 2006. He was also instrumental in obtaining a replica of an ancient training manual on wrestling for the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.