hamilton ("tony") E. james, investor

Tony James is President and Chief Operating Officer of Blackstone, and a member of the board of directors of our general partner, Blackstone Group Management L.L.C. He is also a member of Blackstoneís Management and Executive Committees and sits on each of the firmís investment committees.

Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. James was Chairman of Global Investment Banking and Private Equity at Credit Suisse First Boston and a member of the Executive Board. Prior to the acquisition of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette by Credit Suisse First Boston in 2000, Mr. James was the Chairman of DLJís Banking Group, responsible for all the firmís investment banking and merchant banking activities. Mr. James joined DLJ in 1975 as an Investment Banking associate. He became head of DLJís global M&A group in 1982, founded DLJ Merchant Banking, Inc. in 1985, and was named Chairman of the Banking Group in 1995. He is a Director of Costco Wholesale Corporation, and has served on a number of other corporate Boards.

Mr. James is a trustee and member of the Executive Committee of The Second Stage Theatre, a trustee of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Vice Chairman of Trout Unlimitedís Coldwater Conservation Fund, a trustee of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, a trustee of Wildlife Conservation Society, an Advisory Board member of the Montana Land Reliance, and Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of American Ballet Theatre. He is also a former member of the Presidentís Export Council ó Subcommittee on Technology & Competitiveness.

Mr. James graduated magna cum laude with a BA from Harvard College in 1973 and was a John Harvard Scholar. He earned an MBA with high distinction from the Harvard Business School and graduated as a Baker Scholar in 1975.