Buckley Ratchford is an American private investor and entrepreneur. Ratchford is known for his involvement in venture capital, private equity, private credit, and distressed investments.
Ratchford has over two decades of experience as a private investor and has helped multiple companies, especially technology start-ups to set up their businesses. He is a former business partner at Goldman Sachs and the founder of Wingspan Management Investment.
Early life and education
Ratchford was born to Mary Alice Ryan and Dr. William B. Ratchford. Later in 1989, Ratchford enrolled in Dartmouth College, where he studied B.A. in Government. After graduating Summa Cum Laude in 1993, Ratchford went to The London School of Economics, where he earned a master's with distinction in International Political Economy. In 1995 Ratchford enrolled in Harvard Law School, where he studied for three years, graduating Juris Doctor in 1998.
Ratchford started his career in 1993 as a research associate for The Brookings Institute, where he worked for a year along with pursuing his college degree. After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1998, Ratchford joined Goldman Sachs, a leading financial services firm based in New York. He worked for over 14 years here, assuming several roles, ultimately rising to the post of a Partner and Head of Global Bank Loan Trading. Ratchford left this firm in 2012. During his tenure with Goldman Sachs, Ratchford was also the head of Asia-ex Japan credit trading, head of global distressed investing business, and vice president of the Distressed High Yield Group. He also served on the Global Credit Operating Committee. Ratchford was responsible for bank loans and claims trading business in North America and Europe.
After his exit from Goldman Sachs, Ratchford founded Wingspan Investment Management, LP, an AUM event-driven credit hedge fund focused on investments in performing credit, stressed/distressed debt and special situations. The hedge fund received a $250 million initial seed investment from Reservoir Capital Group and focused primarily on opportunities in distressed credit, liquidations, and stressed performing credit.
Ratchford has as a private equity and venture capital investor has invested in multiple sectors such as real estate, insurance, medical equipment, and cryptocurrency.
Ratchford has also donated regularly to the Cancer Center for Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Arbor Brothers, and City Harvest, as well as Room to Read, which constructed two schools in Sri Lanka.
Ratchford is passionate about skiing, golfing, and following politics and current events. He is married to Karen Rachel Salomon.