Business 100 – 2016

John Barrett/Western & Southern Financial Group

John Barrett is the chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Western & Southern Financial Group, a Fortune 500 financial services enterprise with assets owned and managed totaling $68.5 million.

Previously, John served as president of the Association of Ohio Life Insurance Companies, and chairman of the Cincinnati Business Committee and Ohio Business Roundtable.

John is a fifth-generation Irish American. His mother’s family comes from Co. Mayo, while his father’s comes from Co. Kilkenny, where John has many cousins. “I am proud of my Irish heritage and have passed its importance on to my children,” he says. “Irish Americans have had a tremendous and positive impact on the U.S.A.”

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, John obtained a B.A. in business administration from the University of Cincinnati, where as an active alumnus he was recently honored with the university’s Economics Center’s Economic Empowerment Award. He remains based in the city with his wife, Eileen. They have three children, Charles, Anne, and Christine.