David L. Bahnsen, CFP®, CIMA® is the founder, Managing Partner, and Chief Investment Officer of The Bahnsen Group, a bi-coastal private wealth management boutique based in Newport Beach, CA and New York City. managing over $1.3 billion in client assets. David has been named as one of Barron’s America’s Top 1200 Advisors, as well as Forbes Top 250 Advisors and Financial Times Top 300 Advisors in America. He brought The Bahnsen Group independent through the elite boutique fiduciary, HighTower Advisors, in April 2015 after eight years as a Chairman’s Club Managing Director at Morgan Stanley and seven years as a First Vice President at UBS Financial Services. He is a frequent guest on
CNBC, Fox Business, and Bloomberg and is a regular contributor to National Review and Forbes.
David serves on the Board of Directors for the National Review Institute, is vice president of the Lincoln Club of Orange County, and is a founding Trustee for Pacifica Christian High School of Orange County.
David is a disciple of Milton Friedman, a lover of Ronald Reagan, and a “National Review kind of conservative” (the only kind). His prolific writings strive to reflect an ideology of freedom principles integrated with transcendent truths. His heroes are his late father, Dr. Greg Bahnsen, and Larry Kudlow, and he proudly claims heavy ideological influence from John Calvin, Abraham Kuyper, F.A. Hayek, Winston Churchill, C.S. Lewis, William Buckley, Margaret Thatcher, George Gilder, and Father Robert Sirico.
David’s true passions include anything involving related to USC football, the financial markets, politics, and his house in the desert. His ultimate passions are his lovely wife of 16+ years, Joleen, their gorgeous and brilliant children, sons Mitchell and Graham, and daughter Sadie, and the life they’ve created together in Newport Beach, California. David spends 18-20 waking hours per day thinking about the free and virtuous society.
His first book, Crisis of Responsibility: Our Cultural Addiction to Blame and How You Can Cure It, was released February 13th, 2018.