Richard L. Gelb

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Richard Lee Gelb was a Consultant and Director of various corporations and not-for-profit entities. He was Chairman Emeritus since 1995, Chairman from 1976 to 1995, President from 1967 to 1976, Chief Executive Officer from 1972 to 1993 and a Director since 1960, of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (a diversified worldwide health and personal care company).

A resident of New York’s Upper East Side, he was former director of the New York Life Insurance Company, The New York Times Company., Bessemer Securities Corporation and Federal Reserve Bank of New York. An active volunteer, he was director emeritus of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, former director of the Council on Foreign Relations, former vice chairman of the Board of Overseers and Board of Managers of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, a member of the board of directors of the Citizens Crime Commission and trustee emeritus of the New York Racing Association. Fascinated by police work, he helped to found the New York City Police Foundation with Mayor John V. Lindsay. With his brother, Bruce, Gelb also ran the Lawrence M. Gelb Foundation, a family philanthropic foundation named for his father that supported education, cultural programs and hospitals.


  • Born: June 8, 1924.
  • Birthplace: New York City
  • Died: 4-Apr-2004
  • Location of death: New York City
  • Cause of death: Cancer - unspecified
  • Gender: Male
  • Race or Ethnicity: White
  • Occupation: Business
  • Nationality: United States
  • Executive summary: CEO of Bristol-Myers Squibb, 1972–93
  • Military service: WWII