The Henry Phipps family of the United States was founded by Henry W. Phipps, Jr., the son of an English shoemaker who emigrated in the early part of the 19th century to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania before settling in Pittsburgh. When a child, Henry Phipps was a friend and neighbor to Andrew Carnegie. As an adult, he was Carnegie's business partner in Carnegie Steel Company and became a very wealthy man as the company's second largest shareholder and investments in real estate. After selling his stock in Carnegie Steel, Phipps became a leading advocate of housing for the poor and a major philanthropist. He believed that those who have achieved great wealth should give back for the public good and create institutions dedicated to that purpose. Henry and his wife, Anne had 5 children, Amy, John S., Helen, Henry Carnegie and Howard.
In 1907, Henry Phipps established Bessemer Trust Company to manage his substantial assets that would be shared by his offspring following his death. By 1974, Bessemer Trust Company had developed an expertise in wealth management that allowed it to take on other clients through the creation of a national bank headquartered in New York City.
Henry Phipps was one of the pioneer investors in Florida real estate. At one time, he and his family owned one-third of the town of Palm Beach, 45 kilometres of oceanfront between Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale, prime bayfront property in downtown Miami, and 120 km² of land in Martin County. The Phipps family donated to the town of Palm Beach one of the most significant gifts in county history: an ocean-to-lake frontage property that is now known as Phipps Park.Another contribution was the Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh.
The Phippses like many other American dynasties have country seats in Old Westbury, New York on the Gold Coast, the stretch of land on the North Shore of Long Island that once held the greatest concentration of wealth and power in America. His grandchildren, from his son, John S. Phipps donated to the public one estate which became open to the public, Westbury House known as Old Westbury Gardens.
Gladys Mills Phipps, granddaughter of Darius Ogden Mills and wife of Henry Carnegie Phipps, Henry W.'s second son was prominent among horse breeders and owners in American Thoroughbred horse racing as were her son, daughters and several grandchildren and great-grandchilden. She founded Wheatley Stable with her brother Odgen Livingston Mills. Recently, first cousins Odgen Mills (Dinny)Phipps and Stewart Janney III's horse "Orb" won the 2013 Kentucky Derby.
Family members include:
- Henry W. Phipps (1839-1930)
- John Shaffer Phipps (1874-1958), oldest son, owner of Westbury House, Old Westbury and Casa Bendita, Palm Beach
- Henry Carnegie Phipps (1879-1953),son, owner of Spring Hill, Old Westbury and Heamaw, Palm Beach
- Gladys Mills Phipps (1883-1970), daughter-in-law and wife of Henry Carnegie Phipps
- Lillian Bostwick Phipps (1906-1987) wife of Odgen Phipps
- Ogden Phipps (1908-2002),son of Henry Carnegie Phipps
- Cynthia Phipps (?- 2007), daughter of Henry Carnegie Phipps
- Ogden Mills Phipps (b. 1940 - ), great-grandson of Henry W. Phipps, also known as "Dinny"'
- Amy Phipps Guest (1872-1959), daughter of Henry W. Phipps, owner of Templeton, Old Westbury and Villa Artemis, Palm Beach
- Raymond R. Guest (1907-1991),son of Amy Phipps Guest
- Winston Frederick Churchill Guest (1906-1982), son of Amy Phipps Guest
- Diana Guest Manning (1909-1994), daughter of Amy Phipps Guest
- Barbara Phipps Janney (1911-1987),daughter of Henry Carengie Phipps
- Stuart Symington Janney III (b. 1948), great-grandson of Henry W. Phipps, grandson of Henry Carnegie Phipps
- Helen Phipps Martin (1876-1934), daughter of Henry W. Phipps, owner of Knole, Old Westbury
- Howard Phipps (1881-1981), son of Henry W.Phipps , owner of Erchless, Old Westbury
- Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff (b. 1963 - ), great-grandson of Henry W. Phipps, grandson of Howard Phipps
- Randolph Hobson Guthrie III (b. 1967 - )
- Halcyon Days: An American Family Through Three Generations by Peggie Phipps Boegner (daughter of John Shaffer Phipps), Richard Gachot (1987) Harry N. Abrams, Inc. ISBN 0-8109-1064-0
- Bessemer Trust Co., 630 5th Ave, New York, NY 10111