The Oxford Club is a private, international network of trustworthy and knowledgeable investors and entrepreneurs. Our mission is simple – to grow and protect the wealth of our Members.
The Club’s investment philosophy and ability to share new ideas has passed the test of time. For well over two decades we’ve been successful… through all market conditions.
While we’re selective, we are not, per se, a secret organization. In fact, we have over 70,000 Members worldwide spread throughout some 100 countries. Our combined wealth is significant – estimated to be about $13.4 billion.
William Bonner, the founder of Agora Inc., is also one of the founders of The Oxford Club, which officially started as the Passport Club in 1989. The Club took its current name of The Oxford Club in 1991 to reflect our combination of old-world sensibility and new-age technology.
Bill’s idea, and those of the other founders, was to create a private “financial club” of investors who would share their interest in finding unique opportunities around the world… and who agreed that the best opportunities to invest early are usually found through personal connections, not the mainstream press.
We research hundreds of investment opportunities and select only those with the greatest potential gains and the lowest risk. Then, we share them with our Members.
The Oxford Club’s earliest beginnings go back to a group called “The Merchants & Brokers Exchange.” This was an international businessman’s club started in the early ’70s by an American, Gary Scott, who was selling insurance and mutual funds in Hong Kong. It was the time of the Cultural Revolution in China. Western business people living in Hong Kong enjoyed getting together to exchange information on what was going on. Scott institutionalized this group and later expanded into London.
In the mid-’80s Scott turned it over to Bill Bonner, the CEO of Baltimore, Maryland-based Agora Inc., a global financial and travel publishing company. In 1989 Bonner changed the name to The Passport Club and hired recent Thunderbird MBA graduate Julia Guth as Membership Director. Her job was to expand the Club’s services and local chapter participation.
Concurrently in the mid-’80s, an investment and business publisher in Florida launched a financial newsletter called The Oxford Club. It grew to 10,000 readers worldwide. The publishing company sold its interest to Bonner in 1991. Bonner welcomed these new Members into his group and changed the name from The Passport Club to The Oxford Club because he thought the name evoked a spirit of tradition and old-world charm. He charged Julia with combining the best of The Oxford Club and The Passport Club and expanding on it. Mark Nestmann, an international wealth-protection and privacy expert, became Financial Editor of the monthly Oxford Club investment newsletter, The Oxford Communiqué.