Henry H. Arnhold

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Henry H. Arnhold
Heinrich-Hartmut Richard Gustav Arnhold

(1921-09-15)September 15, 1921
DiedAugust 23, 2018(2018-08-23) (aged 96)

Heinrich-Hartmut Richard Gustav "Henry" Arnhold (September 15, 1921 – August 23, 2018) was an American banker and philanthropist.[1] He was born in Dresden, the fourth child of Lisa and Heinrich Arnhold. The Arnhold family owned the bank Gebrüder Arnhold [de], founded in 1864. In 1931 the bank joined with S. Bleichroeder to form Arnhold and S. Bleichroeder.[2]

Arnhold escaped German-occupied Norway for the United States in 1941. There, during World War II, he served in that country's army intelligence as one of the Ritchie Boys. After the war he joined the family's now New York-based Arnhold and S. Bleichroeder; he became its chairman in 1960. In 1967 he and George Soros started the First Eagle fund which was run by his son John Arnhold until 2017.[3][4]


Arnhold endowed The New School's library (called the Arnhold Forum) and the university's Arnhold Hall.[5] He and his wife donated some of their collection of Meissen porcelain to the Frick Collection.[6] After his brother Rainer died he took over the leadership of the Mulago Foundation, started by Rainer.[7] Arnhold also made significant contributions to the city of Dresden.


In 1947, Arnhold married Clarisse Engel de Janosi. In addition to his son John, they had a daughter Michele (called Shelly) who died in 2007.[8][9] In addition to his brother Ranier, he had three sisters, Esther, Ruth and Sigrid; Esther's son is the conservationist Peter Seligmann.


  1. ^ Flitter, Emily (August 29, 2018). "Henry Arnhold, Patriarch of a Storied Banking Family, Dies at 96". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Two German Banks Linked; Gebruder Arnhold and Bleichroeder Agree to Cooperate Closely". The New York Times. June 23, 1931. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  3. ^ "First Eagle Announces Significant Long-Term Investment from Blackstone and Corsair Capital". First Eagle Investment Management. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  4. ^ "First Eagle Announces John Arnhold's Retirement". First Eagle Investment Management. 2 March 2017. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  5. ^ "In Memory Of Henry H. Arnhold, 1921-2018". The New School. The New School. 25 August 2018. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Henry H. Arnhold". Frick Collection. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Mulgo Foundation - about". Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  8. ^ "Bethel woman remembered for her love of horses". The News-Times of Danbury, Connecticut. 4 January 2008. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  9. ^ "Michele Arnhold". The Chronicle of the Horse. 12 February 2008. Retrieved 10 September 2018.