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We help affluent people pursue ambitious goals, delivering personalized service, objective investment advice and access to the global resources and network of Morgan Stanley.



For the past 38 years, our team has focused exclusively on the wealth management needs of exceptionally accomplished entrepreneurs, executives, private equity professionals and sports and entertainment figures. By placing our clients’ goals first, we have grown into one of the largest wealth management practices in the United States, currently overseeing more than $19 billion for approximately 150 families and their charitable entities. Our partners have been ranked among the Top 100 Financial Advisors in the U.S. by Barron's every year since 2007, including five consecutive years at the head of the list.

We are now a 12-member team that functions as an outsourced Chief Investment Office for our clients. We offer the objective and consultative approach of a boutique firm, coupled with guided access to the global resources and institutional capabilities of a top financial institution. Our partners have over 100 years of combined investment experience through multiple market cycles, and have built an extensive professional network that begins with our clients and senior Morgan Stanley colleagues and extends deep into the Northern California financial, business and entertainment communities. 

We look forward to meeting you and learning more about your needs and aspirations.


  • Comprehensive Wealth Planning
  • Pre-Liquidity Planning
  • 10b5-(1) Programs
  • Risk Management
  • Investment Management
  • Family Governance & Wealth Education
  • Consolidated Reporting
  • Philanthropy Management

Check the background of our Firm and Investment Professionals on FINRA's BrokerCheck.


Our Relationships

We work with approximately 150 ultra high net families and their foundations, helping them oversee over $19 billion in assets. Our clients come from diverse backgrounds and have distinct wealth creation stories. They also have a lot in common. They share an entrepreneurial spark, a passion for new ideas and a deep confidence in their own abilities. They have a sophisticated understanding of the capital markets, but recognize that they need different skills to protect and grow their wealth. They embrace their roles as stewards of family wealth, and are mindful of the legacies they are creating.

Many of our clients are frequently in the public spotlight and are rightfully concerned with keeping their financial lives private. With a designated Morgan Stanley Sports and Entertainment Director on our team, we also have access to specialized financial resources to meet the needs of actors, entertainers, team owners and others who work in related fields. For further information, please visit Global Sports & Entertainment.


Relationships By Industry                                   

  • 30% Technology / Telecommunications
  • 25% Finance 
  • 20% Real Estate 
  • 15% Sports / Media / Entertainment 
  • 5% Manufacturing 
  • 5% Health Care

In the Press

Recent Press Recognition


Barron’s ANNUAL “Top 100 Financial Advisers” RANKING
Team professionals been recognized by Barron’s magazine’s annual ranking of America’s Top Financial Advisors for eleven years running, from 2007 to 2017, including four years at the top of the list:

  • Greg Vaughan: #1 (2011-2015, 2009); #2 (2016, 2017) 
  • Mark Douglass: #11 (2017), #32 (2016), #30 (2015), #38 (2014), #42 (2013) 
  • Robert Dixon: #13 (2010), #7 (2009), #9 (2008), #14 (2007)
  • Jason Bogardus: Top 100 in California (2012)

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The team was also featured in Barron’s magazine’s July, 2013 “Top Advisor Teams” by Steve Garmhausen: “The [team’s] mix of personalities, skills, and even ages comes in handy in serving a wealthy clientele that ranges from young tech entrepreneurs to multigenerational families. “’It's easier to maintain a healthy long-term relationship with a client if you have a team,’ says Vaughan. "Clients have a complexity to what they're doing, and they need more than one set of eyes and ears to be at the table.’"

About PWM

About PWM

Founded in 1977, Private Wealth Management is the division of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management that is dedicated to serving the firm’s most affluent clients, including some of the world’s most accomplished entrepreneurs, executives and stewards of multigenerational wealth.  Functioning as an exclusive investment boutique within a global financial firm, we deliver sophisticated solutions that leverage the intellectual capital and insight of Morgan Stanley’s substantial global resources. Drawing on a deep understanding of your financial life, our goal is to help you:

  • Manage investments with an unwavering focus on your financial strategy and personal goals
  • Create comprehensive, multigenerational wealth management plans based on your needs, challenges and the values that guide your life and legacy
  • Simplify financial complexity to help you achieve clarity and control 

Private Wealth Management Highlights
  • Approximately 250 teams1 specialized in assisting individuals and families with $20MM+ in investable assets
  • Over $300 billion in AUM2
  • Comprising over 20% of the Barron’s Top 100 Financial Advisors list for 20163
  • Direct access to ultra high net worth experts in philanthropy, family dynamics, wealth transfer, lifestyle advisory and other areas of interest to ultra high net worth families

1 Morgan Stanley Internal Compensable Revenue Report, July 21, 2016
2 Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, December 31, 2016
3 Barron’s Top 100 Financial Advisors, April 16, 2016



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Discovery Process
Investing the time to learn about you and your family; your assets and liabilities and the risk exposures, enables us to formulate strategies and customize the relationship to your needs.

Formulation of Tax, Trust and Estate Strategy
Working with your tax and legal advisors, we help analyze your income and estate tax circumstances to identify and tailor planning techniques that may be used to address your objectives.

Creation of Customized Strategic Asset Allocation
Your customized asset allocation reflects risk, opportunities and taxation across multiple entities, while integrating your investing and estate plans.

Integration of Tactical Asset Allocation
Short-term adjustments seek to capitalize on temporary market distortions. Before making adjustments, we analyze the impact of taxes and trading costs on potential returns.

Implementation of a Customized Wealth Strategy
After comprehensive due diligence and analysis of expected results across multiple market scenarios, strategies are chosen from our expansive investment platform.

Ongoing Assessment
In coordination with your other advisors, we can conduct ongoing reviews and comprehensive reporting to ensure that your strategy adapts to changing financial and family needs.



  • 2725 Sand Hill Road
  • Suites 100 & 200, 1st Floor
  • Menlo Park, CA 94025

    Meet the Professionals

    Managing Significant Wealth

    • Investment Management
    • Wealth Transfer & Philanthropy
    • Cash Management & Lending
    • Family Governance & Legacy
    • Signature Access
    • Business Services

    Insights and Outcomes

    Thought Leadership for our ultra high net worth clients, which contains thought-provoking articles, authored by leading experts from Morgan Stanley Family Office Resources.

    We look forward to discussing your needs and goals, and the exceptional resources we can place at your disposal.

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