Robert Rosenkranz

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Robert Rosenkranz
Born (1942-08-05) August 5, 1942 (age 77)
NationalityUnited States
EducationYale University
Harvard Law School
OccupationPhilanthropist and CEO, Delphi Financial Group
ChildrenNicholas Quinn Rosenkranz, and Stephanie Rosenkranz Hessler
WebsiteRobert Rosenkranz Website

Robert Rosenkranz (born August 5, 1942) is a philanthropist and the CEO of Delphi Financial Group, an insurance holding company with assets of over $10 billion, and the founder of a group of investment and private equity partnerships.[1]

A graduate of Yale (summa cum laude)[2] and Harvard Law School,[3] he spent his early career as an economist with the RAND Corporation, where he was engaged in research on foreign policy issues and municipal finance.

He is a member of the Yale University Council[4] and the Dean’s Council of the Yale School of Architecture. He serves on the boards of the Manhattan Institute,[5] The Film Society of Lincoln Center[6] and the London-based think tank Policy Exchange.[7] Rosenkranz is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.[8]


In 1985, Rosenkranz founded the Rosenkranz Foundation[9] with the mission of encouraging fresh perspectives and innovation in public policy, higher education and the arts. One initiative of the foundation is the monthly debate series, Intelligence Squared, brought to New York City in 2006. A live event in New York, Intelligence Squared is broadcast nationally by National Public Radio[10] and televised by WNET Public Media/Thirteen.[11]

In late 2009, Yale University dedicated its new building, Rosenkranz Hall, in recognition of Rosenkranz's philanthropic work. Rosenkranz Hall is home to Yale's social sciences and international studies departments.[12]

In April 2010, Rosenkranz was honored by the Manhattan Institute with their annual Alexander Hamilton Award, which he received in recognition of his founding of the Intelligence Squared U.S. debate series.[13]

The Rosenkranz Foundation also endowed Yale's Rosenkranz Writer-in-Residence program,[14] funded several exhibitions at the Guggenheim Museum [15] and promoted Chinese art by sponsoring a major exhibit on Mu Xin[16] donating a large collection to Harvard University, and funded a book series on modern Chinese art by Yale University Press.[17]

Intelligence Squared U.S. debates and public policy[edit]

Rosenkranz founded Intelligence Squared U.S. in 2006, a live debate series with the goal of raising the level of public discourse and promoting a realization that, on contentious issues, those who challenge the conventional wisdom have intellectually respectable and often persuasive viewpoints.[18] Through an annual series of between 10 and 12 live Oxford-style debates, IQ2US brings together thought-leaders and audiences together around public policy and cultural issues. The program has been the subject of articles in The New York Times, The New Yorker, and many other publications.[19]

Moderated by ABC’s John Donvan and produced by Emmy-award winner Dana Wolfe, panelists have included Arianna Huffington, P. J. O'Rourke, Karl Rove, David Brooks, Mort Zuckerman, Wesley Clark, Bernard-Henri Lévy and many others.[20]

Rosenkranz writes about public policy and finance for the Huffington Post,[21] and The Wall Street Journal.[22] He is also an investment contributor to Forbes.[23]

Personal life[edit]

Rosenkranz lives in Manhattan. He has two children, Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz and Stephanie Rosenkranz Hessler, both constitutional law scholars. He is married to Alexandra Munroe, Ph.D., Senior Curator of Asian Art at the Guggenheim Museum.[24][25] He is Jewish.[26]


  1. ^ Delphi Financial Group Biography Online [1], accessed July 14, 2015
  2. ^ Yale University [2] accessed May 9, 2011
  3. ^ Harvard University [3] accessed May 9, 2011
  4. ^ Yale University Council Members 2010-2011 [4] accessed May 9, 2011
  5. ^ Manhattan Institute Board of Trustees "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-04-26. Retrieved 2015-06-02.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link), the Film Society of Lincoln Center
  6. ^ "Film Society of Lincoln Center Officers and Board of Directors List".
  7. ^ Matt Smith. "Policy Exchange Board of Trustees". Policy Exchange.
  8. ^ "The Council on Foreign Relations Membership List". Council on Foreign Relations.
  9. ^ "The Rosenkranz Foundation Home Page".
  10. ^ "Intelligence Squared U.S." 19 February 2014.
  11. ^ "WNET Local Television Listings". THIRTEEN - New York Public Media.
  12. ^ "Yale Macmillan Center "Rosenkranz Hall Dedication"".
  13. ^ Craig, Lindsay Young. "Manhattan Institute Honors Wendy Kopp and Robert Rosenkranz with Alexander Hamilton Award." April 28, 2010. Manhattan Institute Press Release [5]
  14. ^ "Rosenkranz Foundation Announcement of Writer-in-Residence program".
  15. ^ The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860–1989
  16. ^ Gillers, Gillian. Yale Daily News. "Unique Chinese art comes to gallery." December 5, 2003. [6] accessed May 9, 2011
  17. ^ "Rosenkranz Foundation project information".
  18. ^ Konigsberg, Eric. The New York Times. June 2, 2007. "A Hobby That’s Part Party, Part Debate, All Intellect" [7]
  19. ^ [8] The Intelligence Squared Media Archive
  20. ^ intelligencesquaredus. "Intelligence Squared U.S. Past Debates Listing of Participants".
  21. ^ Rosenkranz, Robert. The Huffington Post. March 29, 2011. "Notes From the Front: Are We Securing Our Vital Interests Abroad?" [9]
  22. ^ Rosenkranz, Robert. The Wall Street Journal. January 2, 2009. "Let's Write the Rating Agencies Out of Our Law." [10]
  23. ^ Rosenkranz, Robert. July 7, 2015. "Bitcoin's Value Isn't Currently, It's Technology." [11]
  24. ^ Administrator. "Guggenheim Curator Profile".
  25. ^ New York Times Wedding Announcement. June 30, 2002. "WEDDINGS; Alexandra Munroe, Robert Rosenkranz." [12]
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