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Edward Wedbush, the Founder of Wedbush Securities, Dies at 87

Dan Reichl

(Bloomberg) -- Edward W. Wedbush, founder of the Los Angeles-based brokerage and investment bank Wedbush Securities, has died. He was 87.

Wedbush died Jan. 5 at his home in Rancho Santa Fe, California, the closely held firm said in a statement. No cause of death was given.

Wedbush, who was known as Ed, founded his firm in 1955 as Wedbush & Co. He was president and chief executive officer for 63 years, before relinquishing day-to-day leadership in 2018. His son Gary Wedbush was named co-president with Richard Jablonski.

The elder Wedbush didn’t retire. He continued to come to the office and manage money for himself and a few long-term clients, Jablonski said at the time.

“Edward is and always will be remembered as a pioneer in financial services,” the firm said in its statement.

Edward Wedbush is survived by his wife, Jean, and his children, Gary, Eric and Leigh Ann, the company said.

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