|John Lawson Thornton|
|Born||1954 (age 58–59)|
|Alma mater||Harvard College ( B.A. )
Oxford University ( B.J. , M.J. )
Yale University ( M.A. )
In 1983, Thornton founded and developed Goldman Sachs' European mergers and acquisitions business. He served as co-CEO of Goldman Sachs International in London from 1995 to 1996. Thornton was Chairman of Goldman Sachs Asia from 1996 to 1998, where he expanded the firm's regional franchise during the Asian financial crisis.
In 1976, Thornton earned a bachelor's degree in Economics from Harvard College. He studied law at Oxford, and in 1978, received a bachelor's and master's degrees in Jurisprudence and later in 1980, a M.A. in Public and Private Management from Yale School of Management.
Thornton currently serves as the Co-Chairman of the board of Barrick Gold. Thornton is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In addition, he serves as trustee or advisory board member for a wide range of organizations, including the Asia Society, China Institute, China Securities Regulatory Commission, the Eisenhower Fellowships, Financial Services Volunteer Corps, The Hotchkiss School, International Advisory Committee of the China Reform Forum, Morehouse College, National Committee on United States-China Relations, Nelson Mandela Legacy Foundation (US), Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management (Beijing), the Yale School of Management  and Co-Chairs the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation.
In 2006, Thornton funded the establishment of the John L. Thornton China Center at the The Brookings Institution.
He is the former President of the Hotchkiss School Board of Trustees.
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