Robert Walton Goelet

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Robert Walton Goelet
Born March 19, 1880
New York, New York
Died May 2, 1941
New York, New York
Occupation Financier, real estate developer

Robert Walton Goelet (March 19, 1880 - May 2, 1941) was a financier and real estate developer in New York City. He was one of the largest property owners in the city by the time of his death.

Early life[edit]

Robert Walton Goelet was born on March 19, 1880. His father, Robert Goelet, was a prominent landlord in New York. His mother was Henrietta Louise Warren. His first cousin, Robert Wilson Goelet, was the original owner of Glenmere mansion.[1]

Adult life[edit]

Upon the death of his mother in 1915, he inherited a fortune estimated to be $40 million.

He was a sportsman and the leader of the city's old-money social set. He was a member of the Jekyll Island Club on Jekyll Island, Georgia.[2][3]

In 1908 he purchased the Sandricourt estate on the outskirts of Paris and spent much time there.

His vast real estate holdings in New York included the Ritz-Carleton Hotel.


He died of a heart attack on May 2, 1941, aged 61, in his brownstone on Fifth Avenue at 48th Street.


In 1920 he became engaged to Anne Marie Guestier (1899-1988) and later married her. She received the French Legion of Honor for aiding French-American wives during the Second World War and for providing medical services to inhabitants in the vicinity of Sandricourt, the Goelet family estate outside Paris, after it was liberated in August 1944.

Robert and Anne's children were Beatrice Goelet Manice, Francis Goelet (1926-1998), Lieutenant Robert Guestier Goelet, USNR and John Goelet.


  1. ^ "Chester Mansion Restored to Glory. A Battle over Frogs". Times Herald-Record. February 7, 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-26. Built by real-estate magnate Robert Goelet, whose family helped found Chemical Bank, the building had been reincarnated as an upscale hotel that ran aground in the 1960s and as a wedding banquet hall that was shuttered in 2007, among other efforts. 
  2. ^ "Robert W. Goelet Dies In Home At 61. Corporation Director, Owner of Large Realty Holdings Here, Succumbs to Heart Attack. He Inherited $60,000,000. Sportsman, a Leader in Social Circles in Newport and New York, Kin of Early Settlers". New York Times. May 3, 1941. Retrieved 2010-07-26. Robert Walton Goelet of New York and Newport, R. I., a member of one of New York's oldest and wealthiest families, died of a heart attack yesterday at his ... 
  3. ^ "Death Claims Robert Goelet Financier, 61. Outstanding Business Executive Was One of Largest Property Owners in New York City". Associated Press in the Hartford Courant. May 3, 1941. Retrieved 2010-07-26. Robert Walton Goelet, 61, of New York and Newport, R. I., a financier and one of New York's largest property owners, died today in his old brownstone house at 48th Street and Fifth Avenue, one of the few remaining private residences on the...