RAGS TO RICHES....... This is Johnny Rogers from Aug. 1978 waiting to vend at Wrigley Field. But now he's John Rogers, friend of Barack Obama and multi-millionaire! John Washington Rogers, Jr. (born March 31, 1958) is an investor who founded Ariel Capital Management (now Ariel Investments, LLC) in 1983. He is chairman and CEO of the company, which is the United States' largest minority-run mutual fund firm.