Lynn Tilton

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Lynn Tilton
Born April 22, 1959
The Bronx, New York
Alma mater Yale University
Columbia Business School
Occupation Financier

Lynn Tilton (born April 22, 1959)[1] is an American business magnate and investor. She is the chief executive officer and sole principal of Patriarch Partners, LLC and its affiliated entities,[2] a holding company managing 75 companies with more than $8 billion (USD) in revenues.[3] Since 2000, through her affiliated funds, she has had ownership in and restructured more than 240 companies with combined revenues of $100 billion. She is also Chairman and CEO of MD Helicopters, Inc.,[4] a manufacturer of commercial and military helicopters, the acting CEO of Dura Automotive Systems,[5] a Tier 1 supplier to automotive and transportation industry OEMs, and CEO of Stila Cosmetics.[6]

Early life and career[edit]

Tilton was born in The Bronx.[2] Her father, Jerry Garfinkle, a tough New York City schoolteacher and a strong influence on her. He died of a brain tumor during her junior year in college.[7] She obtained a BA degree in American Studies from Yale University and an MBA degree in Finance from Columbia University.[8]

Tilton began her career at Morgan Stanley in 1981. She also worked for Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Merrill Lynch as an investment banker until 1989. Prior to founding Patriarch Partners, Tilton was an executive at Long Drive Management Trust, a special situations investment fund, and Executive Managing Director of Papillon Partners, Inc., a firm which she founded to offer customized research, valuation and execution services to sellers of bank loans and high yield bonds.

Public life[edit]

In October 2011, Tilton was interviewed by Barbara Walters for a 20/20 special.[9] She appears periodically on CNBC[10] and is an occasional contributor to The Huffington Post.[11]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ a b Patriarch Partners, LLC. "Lynn Tilton: Dedicated to Excellence". Retrieved December 18, 2012. 
  3. ^ Patriarch Partners, LLC. "The Firm: About Us". Retrieved December 18, 2012. 
  4. ^ MD Helicopters, Inc. "Company: Today". Retrieved December 18, 2012. 
  5. ^ Dura Automotive Systems. "About: Leadership Team: Lynn Tilton". Retrieved December 18, 2012. 
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  7. ^ Jessica Pressler, "What Does It Take for a Female Tycoon to Get Noticed Around Here?", New York Magazine, April 18, 2011
  8. ^ "News Headlines". 2009-06-01. Retrieved 2012-06-19. 
  9. ^ ABC News. "'A Woman's Work Is Never Done'". Retrieved December 18, 2012. 
  10. ^ CNBC Lynn Tilton appearances on CNBC.
  11. ^ The Huffington Post Lynn Tilton contributions to and appearances within The Huffington Post.

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