CEO Founder, PagnatoKarp
Paul A. Pagnato is CEO Founder at PagnatoKarp, an independent multi-family office and wealth management firm based in Reston, Virginia, with over $4.8 billion assets under advisement¹. Paul is ranked #1 in Virginia on Forbes Top Wealth Advisors and #2 in Virginia on Barron’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors lists².
Paul has been advising clients for more than 25 years, specializing in CEO Founders, entrepreneurs, wealth creators and ultra-high-net-worth families. He previously worked through HighTower Advisors and spent 19 years with Merrill Lynch, where he founded the Washington, D.C. Private Banking & Investment office. Paul began his career as a microbiologist with NASA and McDonnell Douglas working collaboratively to search for life in outer space.
Paul is author of the book Transparency Wave: Exponential Changes That Will Transform Our World. He is also founder of the TrueFiduciary® Institute, a non-profit with a Massive Transformative Purpose to positively impact one million students through digital education and True Fiduciary® standards of transparency. Paul is a frequent speaker at the Institute’s partners including Berkeley, Stanford, University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Penn State, William & Mary, George Mason, University of Georgia, University of Texas and Florida Atlantic University.
Paul serves on Singularity University’s Leadership Team and speaks at local, national, and global Singularity events. He is also a sought-after speaker at national financial conferences including Barron’s, Forbes, IMCA, NAPFA, FA Magazine and Digital Assets Strategies. Paul’s advocacy for transparency has led to speaking engagements with the People-Centered Internet Coalition, cofounded by Vint Cerf, Google’s Chief Internet Evangelist and “One of the Fathers of the Internet”, as well as at top universities. He is a frequent media contributor to The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Barron’s, Forbes, FA Magazine and many others.
Paul serves on the Board of Directors for Envel, The Institute for the Fiduciary Standard, CFA Society of Washington DC, FAU Foundation, INOVA Health Care System, True Fiduciary® Institute, and Pinstriped Prospects. Locally, he is a member of the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Association for Corporate Growth Awards. Paul is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University and The Executive Program at Singularity University and resides with his wife in Virginia.