Matthew Mellon

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Matthew Mellon
Mellon in 2010
Matthew Taylor Mellon II

(1964-01-28)January 28, 1964
New York City, U.S.
DiedApril 16, 2018(2018-04-16) (aged 54)
Occupation(s)Businessman, private equity investor
Spouse(s)Tamara Mellon (div.)
Nicole Hanley (div.)
RelativesChristopher Mellon (brother)
William Larimer Mellon Sr. (great-grandfather)
FamilyMellon family

Matthew Taylor Mellon II (January 28, 1964 – April 16, 2018) was an American businessman who was a chairman of the New York Republican State Committee's finance committee.[1][2] He was a member of the prominent Mellon family.

Early life and relatives[edit]

Born in New York City to Karl Negley Mellon and Anne Stokes Bright, Mellon was raised in Manhattan, Palm Beach, Florida, and Northeast Harbor, Maine. He attended The Phelps School, a boys' boarding school in Malvern, Pennsylvania, followed by college at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied management.[3][4] Mellon's father abandoned the family when he was five years old, before dying by suicide in 1983.[4]

Mellon was a direct male-line descendant of Judge Thomas Mellon,[5] founder of the Mellon Bank (now part of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation). Mellon was named after his paternal grandfather, Matthew Taylor Mellon, who was the elder son of businessman William Larimer Mellon Sr. On his maternal side, Mellon was a direct descendant of Anthony Joseph Drexel,[6] a banker whose investment firm was a precursor to Drexel Burnham Lambert.

Mellon maintained associations with Drexel University and Carnegie Mellon University, both of which were founded by family members. He was also involved with the National Gallery of Art, the core of whose collection was donated to the nation by his great-uncle, Andrew Mellon.[7] In the 1990s, he worked on developing a documentary on the life of philanthropist and saint Katharine Drexel.


Mellon was named Finance Chairman by State Chairman Ed Cox in May 2011. In February 2018, Forbes magazine reported that Mellon's $2 million investment in the cryptocurrency XRP turned into a $1 billion fortune.[8][9]

Personal life and death[edit]

Mellon had bipolar disorder, as did his father.[4] Before their 2016 divorce, Mellon lived in New York City with his wife Nicole Hanley and their two children.[10] He also had a daughter whom he raised jointly with his former wife, Tamara Mellon, the co-founder of shoe company Jimmy Choo.[11][10] Prior to his marriage to Hanley, he was engaged to entrepreneur Noelle Reno, with whom he established a cashmere knitwear line.[12]

Mellon's reported addiction to the prescription opioid OxyContin was said to be costing him $100,000 a month. He was quoted as saying "OxyContin is like legal heroin. And it needs to be addressed."[13]

At the end of 2017, Mellon moved from New York to Los Angeles, renting a house in the Hollywood Hills for $150,000 a month. There, he led an active social life and began to spend much time with Kick Kennedy, the daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. In late March 2018, Mellon dined with President Donald Trump.[14]

Mellon died in April 2018 in Cancun, Mexico, where he was planning to check into the Clear Sky Recovery clinic, which specializes in ibogaine therapy, a medication with psychedelic properties. However, he was reported to have died in a hotel room in Cancun before arrival at the clinic, suffering a fatal heart attack after taking ayahuasca, a hallucinogenic drink.[14]


  1. ^ "Finance Committee". NYGOP. Archived from the original on 2013-07-04. Retrieved 2013-09-05.
  2. ^ Vardi, Nathan. "Mellon Banking Heir's New Crypto Fortune: Almost $1B In Ripple's XRP". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-04-17.
  3. ^ "Billionaire Banking Heir Matthew Mellon Dies at 54". 2018-04-17.
  4. ^ a b c Conti, Samantha. "Matthew Mellon: Heir Conditioning". W Magazine. Retrieved 2018-04-17.
  5. ^ See the family tree at Mellon family.
  6. ^ Tuttle, Brad (April 17, 2018). "What We Know About Matthew Mellon, the Banking Heir, Crypto Billionaire and Fashion Entrepreneur Who Died Unexpectedly". Yahoo Finance. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  7. ^ Ian Sansom. "Great dynasties of the world: The Mellons". The Guardian. London, UK. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  8. ^ Nathan Vardi: Mellon Banking Heir's New Crypto Fortune: Almost $1B In Ripple's XRP,, February 28, 2018.
  9. ^ "Billionaire banking heir and cryptocurrency investor Matthew Mellon dies in rehab at 54". Business Insider France (in French). Retrieved 2018-04-17.
  10. ^ a b "Jimmy Choo founder's ex dies aged 54 after fighting $100,000-a-month opioid addiction". Evening Standard. Retrieved 2018-04-17.
  11. ^ Chang, Bee-Shyuan (2012-10-26). "Tamara Mellon's Next Step". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-09-05.
  12. ^ Walker, Tim (2008-05-29). "Noelle Reno's degree of freedom". The Daily Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2018-04-17.
  13. ^ Matthew Mellon: US billionaire dies in Mexico dated 17 April 2018 at, accessed 1 May 2018
  14. ^ a b "The Last Days Of Banking Heir Matthew Mellon". Forbes. April 19, 2018. Retrieved April 20, 2018.