By Special to the Daily World
Businessman Eddie E. Brown, founder and CEO of Baltimore-based Brown Capital Management LLC, has released his autobiography, “Beating the Odds,” an apt description of his rise in the highly competitive financial service arena. Brown, an industry trailblazer, is the first African-American money manager at the leading investment firm T. Rowe Price, and one of the top panelists on the renowned “Wall Street Week” with Louis Rukeyser TV program for about 25 years.
A native of Apopka, Fla., Brown started out as a moonshine runner influenced by his uncle in the back roads of that rural town. He later was influenced by his grandmother, who taught him unconditional love, commitment, discipline and hard work. Today, he is a successful businessman and heads up the second-oldest Black asset management company in the United States. Brown believes in investing in mutual funds and helped diversify the financial services sector by hiring and mentoring minority portfolio managers.
Brown has always been motivated to give back. He and his wife of 49 years, Sylvia, have been a big philanthropic force, donating more than $22 million over the past 15 years to many charities to advance the arts, and improve healthcare and educational opportunities for Black youth. Throughout his career, Brown has also served as a mentor for young investment professionals and entrepreneurs. Through excerpts from his book and interviews, he shares six lessons that can help entrepreneurs achieve business longevity.
Brown’s book contains 201 pages and is published by John Wiley & Sons Inc. of Hoboken, N.J. It is dedicated to the memory of his late grandmother, Mamie Magdalene Brown; his two daughters, Tonya and Jennifer, as well as his grandsons, Elias, Benjamin and Darrell Jr.
– Portia A. Scott