Tony DeSpirito

Tony DeSpirito

Global CIO of Fundamental Equities, Portfolio Manager, Managing Director

Antonio (Tony) DeSpirito, Managing Director, is Global Chief Investment Officer of Fundamental Equities. He is also lead portfolio manager of the BlackRock Equity Dividend and value portfolios.


Mr. DeSpirito joined BlackRock in 2014. He was previously a Managing Principal, portfolio manager, and member of the Executive Committee at Pzena Investment Management, where he was responsible for a suite of long-only value products and two hedge fund portfolios. Mr. DeSpirito has managed value equity assets since 1996, serving as a portfolio manager for the John Hancock Classic Value, PACE Large Company Value, and Vanguard Windsor funds.


Mr. DeSpirito is a visiting lecturer at the Johnson School at Cornell University. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Adirondack North Country Association.


Mr. DeSpirito earned a BS degree in economics with a concentration in finance, summa cum laude, from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a JD degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School.