Roy Furman is Vice Chairman of Jefferies LLC and Chairman of Jefferies Capital Partners, a group of private equity funds.  In 1973, Mr. Furman co-founded Furman Selz, an international investment banking, institutional brokerage and money-management firm. He served as President and CEO until 1997, when the firm was sold to ING. For decades, he has been a respected Wall Street analyst and investment banker involved with the entertainment industry, following and advising a wide range of public and private companies.

He has produced dozens of Broadway musicals and plays, including 15 Tony winners: Hello, Dolly!, Dear Evan Hansen, The Color Purple, The Book of Mormon, The Ferryman, The Band’s Visit, The Humans, Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, A Raisin in the Sun, War Horse, Skylight, Spamalot, The History Boys, A View From the Bridge and Fosse.  He has seven productions currently running on Broadway:  Tootsie, The Ferryman, King Kong, Pretty Woman, Mean Girls, Dear Evan Hansen and The Book of Mormon.  New productions next season include the musicals Moulin Rouge, and Tina.   He was Executive Producer of James Lapine’s film, Custody, and PBS’ Mike Nichols Show.

Roy is Vice Chairman of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Chairman and President Emeritus of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and former President of the Phoenix Theatre and Vice President of the New York City Opera. He served as national finance chairman for the Democratic National Committee in 1992–1993, was national fund chair for Harvard Law School for two years, and chairman of the Brooklyn College Foundation for four years.  At Harvard, he recently endowed the Roy L. Furman Professorship in Law and Leadership, in 2016, he received the Harvard Law School Association Award.