Harry Wilson (businessman)

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Harry Wilson
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Personal details
Born (1971-10-25) October 25, 1971 (age 46)
Johnstown, New York, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Eva Romas
Children 4
Alma mater Harvard University

Harry J. Wilson (born October 25, 1971) is a former investor and restructuring expert[1] from the United States, who has served in several high positions in the Obama U.S. Treasury Department and on President Barack Obama's Auto Industry Task Force.[2] Wilson filed for office on February 16, 2010, running unopposed for the Republican primary for New York State Comptroller.[3] He ran unsuccessfully against Thomas DiNapoli for Comptroller in the general election on November 2, 2010.[4][5][6]

Early life and education[edit]

Harry Wilson is the son of Jim and Niki Wilson. Jim was a resident of Johnstown, New York, and Niki was born and raised in central Greece before moving to Johnstown. They currently reside in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. Jim was a bartender, and Niki was a housewife and later a sewing machine operator.[2]

Wilson graduated as valedictorian[citation needed] from Johnstown High School, of Johnstown, New York. He obtained an AB with honors in government and a MBA from Harvard University,[7] where he was president of the Harvard Republican Club in 1991;[citation needed] in that role, Wilson was outspoken in his efforts to increase the club's appeal to women with a "big tent" approach.[2]

Business career[edit]

Wilson has worked for Blackstone Group and Goldman Sachs. He later became a partner at Silver Point Capital before his retirement at the age of 36.[2] He joined Yahoo!'s board of directors in May 2012.[8]

Public career[edit]

After a career as a money management executive, Wilson left the business world to pursue charity work and public service at the age of 36.[2]

Wilson served on President Barack Obama's auto industry crisis task force.[1][9] He took the position at the age of 37 with the Treasury Department in March, 2009 at the request of Steve Rattner, the lead adviser on the auto industry crisis.[2][10] Wilson lead a small group of people within the auto task force known internally as the "deals and diligence team," which did much of the analytical research that underpinned the task force's policy decisions, conducting interviews, touring auto plants and poring over financial records.[2] Wilson testified in GM's bankruptcy court hearings in the Southern District Bankruptcy Court of New York in July, 2009, noting that the government intends to sell its shares in the bankrupt GM.[11]

Wilson was also one of four senior advisers for the U.S. Treasury Department under President Obama.[10]

In 2009, Wilson was a member of Westchester County Executive-elect Rob Astorino's transition team.[1]

Wilson has generally been disinclined to comment to news outlets, making a single exception for the Gloversville Leader Herald, his hometown newspaper, before the start of GM bankruptcy hearings in July, 2009.[10][11]

New York State Comptroller race[edit]

In the 2010 race for New York State Comptroller, Wilson announced he was running on February 16, 2010, for the Republican primary for New York State Comptroller.[3] He ran unopposed for the nomination, and ran against incumbent Thomas DiNapoli for Comptroller in the general election on November 2, 2010.

Wilson garnered the endorsement of New York City's three major daily newspapers - the New York Daily News, New York Post, and New York Times - considered a major achievement.[12] It was the first time since 1976 that a challenger had accomplished sweeping all three endorsements.[12]

Wilson lost in a close race on November 2, 2010, and he conceded defeat on November 3, 2010.[4][5][6] Despite the loss, Capitol News rated his campaign the best in 2010 in all of New York state:

After any election, there are winners and there are losers. But sometimes a loser can really be a winner, and vice versa, depending on how well their campaign performed. Here are some of the best run campaigns of 2010...: Harry Wilson

— Capitol News [13]

Fundraising for Republican candidates[edit]

In 2012, Wilson raised funds for the campaigns of Republican candidates Matt Doheny for Congress and Wendy E. Long for the United States Senate.[14]

Personal life[edit]

He married Eva Romas in 1997. They have four daughters and live in Westchester County, New York.[7]


  1. ^ a b c "Former Hedge Fund Manager Eyeing Bid For Comptroller". December 17, 2009. Retrieved 2012-10-23. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Helliker, Kevin (May 29, 2009). "Key Players in the Overhaul of General Motors". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2010-01-19. 
  3. ^ a b "Harry Wilson for Comptroller, Officially". February 16, 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-15. 
  4. ^ a b Celeste Katz (November 3, 2010). "Harry Wilson Concedes In State Comptroller Race". Daily News. New York. Archived from the original on October 25, 2012. Retrieved November 23, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Sam Dolnick (November 3, 2010). "Thomas DiNapoli Re-Elected Comptroller in a Tight Race". New York Times. Retrieved November 23, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "DiNapoli Wins with Late Comptroller Returns". LongIslandPress.com. November 3, 2010. Archived from the original on November 9, 2010. Retrieved November 23, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b Written Testimony of Harry Wilson, Former Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury, Before the House Committee on TARP, Financial Services Bailouts of Public and Private Programs - Biography July 10, 2012
  8. ^ "Yahoo! Names Fred Amoroso Chairman and Appoints Ross Levinsohn Interim CEO". Yahoo! Investor. Archived from the original on 25 September 2013. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  9. ^ Danny Hakim (April 19, 2010). "A Candidate Makes an Asset of His Wall Street Past". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-10-18. 
  10. ^ a b c "Area native on Obama's fiscal team". May 9, 2009. Retrieved 2010-01-19. 
  11. ^ a b "Auto Task Force Adviser Wilson Sees General Motors IPO in 2010". Bloomberg. July 2, 2009. Retrieved 2010-01-19. 
  12. ^ a b David W. Chen, "Endorsement Sweep in the Comptroller's race", New York Times October 20, 2010.
  13. ^ Capitol News, November 15, 2010, p. 10. Online at Capitol News website. Accessed December 2, 2010.
  14. ^ Katz, Celeste (October 2, 2012). "Wendy Long, NY GOP Fundraising, Bashing Kirtsen Gillibrand in November Runup". Daily News. Retrieved October 2, 2012. 
Party political offices
Preceded by
Christopher Callaghan
Republican nominee for New York State Comptroller
Succeeded by
Robert Antonacci