Michael Grace Phipps

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Michael Grace Phipps
Born (1910-01-10)January 10, 1910
United States
Died March 13, 1973(1973-03-13) (aged 63)
Palm Beach, Florida
Cause of death Heart attack
Residence Old Westbury, New York, Palm Beach, Florida
Education St. Bernard's School, St. Paul's School, Yale University
Board member of Bessemer Securities Corporation, W. R. Grace and Company
Spouse(s) Muriel Fillans "Molly" Lane (1909-1968)
Children Susan Grace Phipps Cochran Santangelo Eigelberger, Elaine Lane "Nonie" Phipps Schippers (1939-1973)
Parent(s) John Shaffer Phipps & Margarita Celia Grace
Relatives Hubert Phipps (brother)

Michael Grace Phipps (January 10, 1910 – March 13, 1973) was an American businessman, champion polo player, owner/breeder of racehorses, and a philanthropist.[1]


Michael Phipps was the son of John Shaffer Phipps and Margarita Celia Grace. He was a member of the Yale University intercollegiate championship team in both 1930 and 1932.[2] He participated in the 1936 and 1939 International Polo Cup. A member of the Meadowbrook Polo Club on Long Island, New York, in 1938 he was elevated to a Ten Goal ranking, the highest level achievable in polo.[3] In March 17, 1994 he was posthumously elected to the Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame.[4]

Education and business career[edit]

Michael Phipps studied at St. Bernard's School and St. Paul's School before going on to Yale University.[5] Phipps became a successful investor and would serve as a vice president of his family's Bessemer Securities Corporation and sit on the Board of Directors of W. R. Grace and Company, a company owned by his maternal grandfather.

Thoroughbred racing[edit]

Several members of the Phipps family were involved in horse racing. Most notably from the same era as Michael Phipps was his brother Hubert, a cousin Ogden, as well as his uncle Henry Carnegie Phipps whose wife was a partner in the renowned Wheatley Stable. Some of the successful Thoroughbreds owned and raced by Michael Phipps were Raja Baba and Gentleman James.

Michael Phipps served on the Board of Directors of Hialeah Park Race Track.[6]


  1. ^ Palm Beach Post - March 15, 1973
  2. ^ "Polo Pickings". Time magazine. September 17, 1934. Retrieved 2011-04-06. Mike Phipps is a stubby, hard-riding youngster who was a member of Yale's intercollegiate championship team in 1930 and 1932. ... 
  3. ^ Christian Science Monitor - November 2, 1938
  4. ^ Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame
  5. ^ New York Times - March 15, 1973
  6. ^ Palm Beach Post - March 15, 1973