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Stewart Kohl
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Born 1955 (age 65–66)
Alma mater Oberlin College
Occupation Co-CEO, The Riverside Company
Parent(s) Bertram Kohl
Judith Kohl

Stewart Kohl (born c. 1955) is an American businessman. He is the co-chief executive officer (CEO) of The Riverside Company, a global private equity firm with $8 billion in assets under management.

Early life and education

Stewart Kohl was born and raised in Leonia, New Jersey. His father Bertram Kohl was a manufacturer’s representative and his mother, Judith Kohl, was a legal secretary who later became chief of staff for a state senator. Kohl studied economics and government at Oberlin College, graduating in 1977. At Oberlin College, he was the President of the Oberlin Student Cooperative Association.


Kohl is the co-chief executive officer and managing partner of The Riverside Company, a private equity investment firm based in Cleveland, Ohio and New York, New York. Kohl joined The Riverside Company as Co-CEO with Co-CEO Béla Szigethy in 1993. Prior to joining The Riverside Company, Kohl was a vice president at Citicorp Venture Capital, the private equity arm of Citibank. Before joining Citicorp Venture Capital, Kohl was chief operating officer for National Cooperative Business Association in Washington, D.C.

Awards and honors

Kohl was inducted into the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges Hall of Excellence in 2009. Kohl and Szigethy won Mergers & Acquisitions’ M&A Mid-Market Award for Dealmakers of the Year in 2013. He was inducted into the Northeast Ohio Business Hall of Fame in 2014. Kohl earned the Harvard Business School Club of Northeastern Ohio George S. Dively Entrepreneurship Award in 2018.


Kohl has served on Cleveland Clinic's Board of Directors since 2013, currently serving on the Philanthropy Committee as Vice Chair. Kohl is an Honorary Trustee of Oberlin College and Co-Chair of the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland.

Kohl is a founder of VeloSano, an annual charity cycling event that has raised more than $21 million for research at the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute since 2014.

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