Robert F. Greenhill
Robert F. Greenhill (born 1936) is an American businessman widely credited with helping create and pioneer the modern mergers and acquisitions advisory business on Wall Street. He is the Founder and Chairman of Greenhill & Co., an investment bank headquartered in New York City.
Greenhill was born in 1936 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He graduated from Yale University in 1958, and he received an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School in 1962, where he was a Baker Scholar.
He joined Morgan Stanley in 1962 and became a partner in 1970. In 1972, he created and directed its mergers and acquisitions department, the first of its kind on Wall Street, during which time he was credited with inventing the modern investment banking analyst program. In the 1980s, he sat on its Management Committee. From January 1989 to January 1999, he served as its Vice Chairman, and from January 1991 to June 1993, as its President. From 1993 to 1996, he served as Chairman and CEO of Smith Barney. He also served on the Board of Directors of The Travelers Companies during that time.
He is married to Gayle Greenhill. She is the former Chair of the Board of Trustees of the International Center of Photography. Harvard Business School named Greenhill House in their honor, and their three children and their spouses are all graduates of the school.