Robert F. Greenhill

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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.[1][2] He is the Founder and Chairman of Greenhill & Co., an investment bank headquartered in New York City.[1][3][4][5]


Early life[edit]

Greenhill was born in 1936 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.[6] 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.[2]


He joined Morgan Stanley in 1962 and became a partner in 1970.[1][3] 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.[1][3][5] In the 1980s, he sat on its Management Committee.[1] From January 1989 to January 1999, he served as its Vice Chairman, and from January 1991 to June 1993, as its President.[1][3] From 1993 to 1996, he served as Chairman and CEO of Smith Barney.[1][2][3][5] He also served on the Board of Directors of The Travelers Companies during that time.[1][3]

In 1996, he founded Greenhill & Co.[2][3] He served as its Chief Executive Officer from its creation in 1996 to 2007.[1][2][3] It was incorporated in 2004.[1]

He sits on the Board of Trustees of the American Enterprise Institute, and on the International Advisory Board of the British-American Chamber of Commerce.[2][4][5]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Gayle Greenhill.[5] She is the former Chair of the Board of Trustees of the International Center of Photography.[7] Harvard Business School named Greenhill House in their honor, and their three children and their spouses are all graduates of the school.[8]