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Cal Ripken signs to rep OppenheimerFunds

Cal Ripken Jr., right, and Daniel Boulud.
Cal Ripken Jr., right, and Daniel Boulud. (handout Photo)

Orioles great Cal Ripken Jr. has signed a deal with OppenheimerFunds to host "exclusive client events" for the New York-based fund manager.

Oppenheimer announced Friday that it has also partnered with celebrity chef Daniel Boulud for the events.

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"OppenheimerFunds strives to serve our clients with trusted, long-term, active management and unconventional insights. Cal Ripken and Daniel Boulud are both highly respected for exceptional achievements over the course of their successful careers, and we are excited to partner with these inspiring leaders," Art Steinmetz, Oppenheimer's chairman, president and CEO, said in a statement. "Cal and Daniel's track records of consistent standout performance resonate with our clients, from institutions and high net worth managers to financial advisors serving individual investors."

The events will offer Oppenheimer clients investment perspectives as well as Ripken's or Boulud's insights on their careers.

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"After my baseball career, I embarked on a business life and the work that OppenheimerFunds does for its clients is something I appreciate and value now more than ever," said Ripken, known as baseball's iron man for playing in 2,632 consecutive games, more than any other player.

The Hall of Fame shortstop retired in 2001 after 21 years with the Orioles but not before becoming one of eight players in Major League Baseball history to get more than 400 home runs and 3,000 hits. Today, Ripken owns several minor league baseball teams, including the Orioles affiliate Aberdeen IronBirds, and also hosts youth baseball training events and tournaments.

Boulud, a French chef, owns award-winning restaurants around the world, including several in New York City. He's appeared on TV and written several cook books.

OppenheimerFunds manages more than $237 billion in assets for over 13 million shareholder accounts.

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