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John Connor

Founder and Portfolio Manager (retired)

Third Millennium Russia Fund

About

John T. Connor, Jr., is the founder and portfolio manager of the Third Millennium Russia Fund (TMRFX), a US, SEC-registered mutual fund focusing on the equities of public companies in Russia and other CIS countries. Trained at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York, he was a partner in various law firms and general counsel and member, management committee, at PHH Corp. (NYSE) for eight years. Mr. Connor taught at Ferguson College in Pune, India on a Fulbright grant and worked for the UNDP in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. In 2003 and 2006, he was ranked No. 1 Portfolio Manager in the US by the annual Barron's/Value Line survey. In 2004, the Wall Street Journal ranked Mr. Connor as the fifth best Overall Fund Manager in the US (for all mutual funds in the US during the last ten years, the Russia Fund is #23, according to Lipper, up 20.6% for each and every year on average; in 2010, it was up 23.5%). He has been the featured guest on Louis Rukeyser's Wall Street and has appeared frequently on CNBC and other business programs. Mr. Connor is the author of Out of the Red, Investment and Capitalism in Russia (John Wiley & Sons, 2008). He served on the Board of Micros Systems, Inc., (NASD) and was chairman of its audit committee for ten years. Mr. Connor was the founding president of the Russian Internet company, Mail.ru, which had a successful IPO in November 2010 for a London listing and also founded and was chairman of ROSGAL, a licensed insurance company. In recent years, he has participated in the Valdai Discussion Club, the RAND Business Leaders Group, and the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. Mr. Connor is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, based in New York City, and was a member of the American Law Institute. In 2008, he was an elected delegate to a presidential nominating convention. Mr. Connor received a JD from Harvard Law School.