Ryan Howard is a professional athlete, World Series Champion, venture capitalist, Partner at SeventySix Capital, author and philanthropist.
Ryan was the Major League Baseball 2005 Rookie of the Year, the 2006 National League MVP, a 2008 World Series Champion with the Philadelphia Phillies, and the fastest player to reach both the 100 & 200 home run milestones in Major League Baseball history. He is recognized as one of the all-time great home run hitters and is known as a great teammate, friend and mentor by his peers, both on the field and in business.
In 2017, Ryan joined SeventySix Capital, a sports tech venture capital fund, as a Partner. The fund, led by Wayne Kimmel, Jon Powell and Ryan, invests in passionate, smart and nice entrepreneurs who are launching game-changing tech startups in the sports, health and retail industries. SeventySix Capital was nominated as an Outstanding Investor by SportTechie.
Ryan and SeventySix Capital have a strategic partnership with Rubicon Talent, a sports marketing and talent agency based in New York City, with clients including NFL stars DeMarco Murray, Greg Olsen, and Mark Ingram, Olympians Kerri Walsh Jennings and Lolo Jones, and MLB legend Cal Ripken, Jr.
Ryan has invested in several businesses, real estate projects and professional gaming team NRG Esports alongside Shaquille O’Neal, Jimmy Rollins, Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez. He is an author of the Little Rhino book series, an active member of the community, and founder of The Big Piece Foundation. Ryan attended Missouri State University.
Major League Baseball 2005 Rookie of the Year and 2006 NL MVP
2008 WORLD SERIES CHAMPION WITH THE PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
Investor known for his relationships with ATHLETES, FANS, BRANDS AND BUSINESS PEOPLE, strong social media following, and the ability to identify promising entrepreneurs
Author of Scholastic’s book series, “LITTLE RHINO”
“Other than hitting home runs, I am focused on investing in innovative companies and helping the entrepreneurs behind them succeed. I was introduced to Wayne and Jon in my adopted hometown of Philadelphia and I realized that just like sports, great players don’t win championships, great teams do. I am excited to bring complementary knowledge and relationships in the business and sports worlds to help our portfolio companies grow. Other things that attracted me to Wayne and Jon are that they have a great team at SeventySix Capital and share my commitment to making a positive impact in the world.”
Major League Baseball
Howard made his MLB debut in 2004. He won the National League (NL) Rookie of the Year Award in 2005 and the NL Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award in 2006. He is a three-time NL All-Star (2006, 2009, 2010), and has won the Silver Slugger Award, Hank Aaron Award, and the NL Championship Series MVP Award in 2009. Known for his power, Howard is a member of the 50 home run club. He is a two-time NL home run champion (2006, 2008), and became the fastest player to reach both the 100 and 200 home run milestones in MLB history, passing the marks in 2007 and 2009, respectively.
Little Rhino Book Series
A new chapter book series from Major League Baseball’s Ryan Howard and wife Krystle Howard!
Every day when Little Rhino comes home from school, he finishes his homework, grabs his bat, his glove, and runs outside to meet Grandpa James. They always practice catching and hitting in the backyard. Playing baseball with grandfather is Little Rhino’s favorite thing to do, especially when he pretends to be a real Major League homerun hitter.
One afternoon, after a long day of second grade, Little Rhino comes home to find out that Grandpa James has signed him up for a baseball league! Little Rhino will finally be a part of a team! But Little Rhino will quickly learn that it is not always so easy to a good teammate, especially when there’s a bully wearing the same uniform as you.
From Major League Baseball superstar Ryan Howard and his wife, Krystle Howard, a former elementary school teacher, this exciting new series is a fun read for sports and book fans alike!
The Big Piece Foundation
Promoting athletic development and fundamental literacy
The Ryan Howard Big Piece Foundation works to improve the lives of children by promoting both academic and athletic development, with the goal of engaging students in the fundamental area of literacy.
The foundation recently opened the Ryan Howard Training Center in South Philadelphia.
“It has been our passion and mission to give back to our community, especially when it relates to education and baseball,” said Ryan and his wife Krystle Howard, The Ryan Howard Big Piece Foundation. “We are very excited for the baseball and softball players that have the opportunity to take advantage and enjoy the Academy’s fields, facility, and programs.”