Robert Addison Day

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Robert Addison Day
Born Los Angeles, California
Residence Bel Air, Los Angeles, California
Occupation Business executive, philanthropist
Net worth US$ 1.2. billion[1] (September 2011)
Spouse(s) Kelly Day (divorced)
Children 3
Relatives William Myron Keck (grandfather)

Robert Addison Day is an American business executive and philanthropist. He was the founder and former Chairman and chief executive officer of Trust Company of the West until 2009. He serves as the Chairman and President of the W. M. Keck Foundation.

Early life[edit]

Robert Addison Day is the grandson of Superior Oil Company founder William Myron Keck.[2][3] He was born in 1943 in Los Angeles, California.[3] He received a Bachelor of Science in economics from Claremont McKenna College in 1965.[4][5] He was enrolled in ROTC while at Claremont McKenna College.


Day started his career at the financial firm White, Weld and Company in New York City.[4] In 1971, he founded the Trust Company of the West.[4][1] In 2001, he sold 70% of it to the Société Générale for $2.5 billion.[1]

Day serves on the Board of Directors of Freeport-McMoRan, Fisher Scientific, and Société Générale.[4][3] He also sits on the Board of Trustees of the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress and the Brookings Institution, where he was Chairman from 1990 to 1998.[4][5] He is a member of the Business Council.[4] From 2001 to 2003, he sat on the President's Intelligence Advisory Board.[3] He is also a member of the Alfalfa Club, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the Council on Foreign Relations.[3]

As of September 2011, he is worth US$ 1.2. billion, and he is the 283rd richest person in the United States.[1] He owns 600,000 acres of timberland in Florida.[1]

Philanthropy and political activities[edit]

In October 2006, Day hosted a fundraiser with then-President George W. Bush, which raised US$1 million for the Republican Party.[6] In 2015, Day donated $1.1 million to Super PACs supporting Republican presidential candidates Jeb Bush and Carly Fiorina.[7]

In 2007, Day made a gift of $200 million to his alma mater Claremont McKenna College.[5][8]

He serves as the Chairman and President of the W. M. Keck Foundation.

Personal life[edit]

Day is not married. He has 3 children and lives in Los Angeles, California.


  1. ^ a b c d e Forbes profile
  2. ^ Haute Living profile
  3. ^ a b c d e NNDB profile
  4. ^ a b c d e f 'Robert Addison Day Elected to Board of Trustees', on Brookings Institution website, July 06, 1998 [1]
  5. ^ a b c Claremont McKenna College document
  6. ^ Gabriel Snyder, Inside Move: H’wood picks side in campaign fund fight, Variety, October 04, 2006
  7. ^ "Million-Dollar Donors in the 2016 Presidential Race". New York Times. 25 August 2015. Retrieved 14 October 2015. 
  8. ^ Larry Gordon, 'Claremont McKenna gets huge donation', in The Los Angeles Times, September 27, 2007 [2]