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John Gatewood, CFP®, CLU®
Founder & Chief Executive Officer


Georgetown University - Political Philosophy
Harvard University - Behavioral Economics (Executive Education)


Having moved to Chicago in 1981, John originally founded Gatewood Group, a comprehensive financial planning practice. He relocated Gatewood Group to St. Louis in 1984. Since then, John's team has grown and matured into what is now Gatewood Wealth Solutions.

John is a CFP® and CLU®. 


John Gatewood was born and raised in Washington, D.C., along with his 12 siblings. John played for Northwestern University's soccer team and was a Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity (SAE) member. He also played guitar and sang.  John speaks fluent Spanish, studying in Mexico on a student exchange program in 1970-1971 at Centro Escolar Cedros.

John resides in Naples, Florida, with his best friend, Judy Smart. His late wife, Annie, passed away from ALS. His daughter, Sophia, graduated from Texas Christian University, is fluent in Arabic, and is contracted through Booz Allen Hamilton to the State Department in Washington, D.C.  His son, Anthony, attended college on a Lacrosse scholarship, graduated from Tusculum University in Greeneville, Tennessee, works as a manager for Icon Services in St. Louis, and is working late hours to build his own business.

The driving force behind John's vision for the firm was to help individuals and families become and remain financially self-reliant. John believes that when his firm helps people grow and maintain their wealth, that they benefit society.

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