Richard Gilder

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For the American poet and editor, see Richard Watson Gilder.

Richard Gilder, co-founder of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, heads the brokerage firm Gilder, Gagnon, Howe & Co. The firm's specialty is trading leveraged stocks and shortselling.[1]

After working at the brokerage firm of A.G. Becker & Co., Gilder founded the firm now known as Gilder, Gagnon, Howe & Co. in 1968.[2] He is Chairman of the Executive Committee at the New-York Historical Society and serves on the Executive Board of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture. He is a trustee of the Gilder Lehrman Institute, Morgan Library & Museum, the American Museum of Natural History, the Central Park Conservancy,[3] and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation. He is Chairman Emeritus of both, the conservative think-tank, the Manhattan Institute[4] and the conservative political action committee, the Club for Growth.[5] Gilder is the Chairman Emeritus of the Club For Growth, and his ex-wife, Virginia James, continues to be a major donor.[6] In 2005, Richard Gilder and Lewis Lehrman received the National Humanities Medal for their work promoting the study of American history.[7] He has now set up a PhD. program at the American Museum of Natural History in his own name, the Richard Gilder Graduate School at AMNH.[8]

Gilder attended Northfield Mount Hermon School before enrolling in Yale College. He graduated from Yale in 1954.[9] He received a Doctor of Humane Letters in 2007 from Yale. He provided $4 million, over half the necessary funding, in honor of his daughter, Virginia Anne, a two-time Olympian, for the recently completed Gilder Boathouse for Yale rowers.The boathouse carries only the Gilder last name to honor three generations of Yale alumni. [9][10]

Gilder has four children.[2] His daughter Virginia Gilder (born 1958), also a Yale graduate,[9] was a member of the American women's quadruple sculls team that won the silver medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics.[11] and is a co-owner of the Seattle Storm, a professional women's basketball team in the WNBA.[12]

He married the former model and actress, Lois Chiles, in 2005.[13] Her paternal uncle was the oil tycoon Eddie Chiles.[14]


  1. ^ Gilder Gagnon Howe & Co website - About Us
  2. ^ a b "Q&A with Richard Gilder & Lewis Lehrman". C-SPAN. June 26, 2005. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "Board of Trustees". Manhattan Institute. 
  5. ^ "Board of Directors". Club for Growth. 
  6. ^ Cooper, Kent (20 March 2014). "Club for Growth Action Gets $1 Million Donation". Roll Call. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "Advisory Board". The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. 
  8. ^ "First US Museum to Award Ph.D. Degree: Dean John Flynn Assumes Helm at Richard Gilder Graduate School at AMNH". Education Update Online. February 2009. 
  9. ^ a b c Borzilleri, Meri-Jo (March–April 2011). "Taking Seattle by Storm". Yale Alumni Magazine. "Gilder's father, Richard Gilder '54, gave $4 million toward the current crew boathouse, completed in 2000." 
  10. ^ YALE Bulletin & Calendar, Volume 35, Number 30, June 15, 2007
  11. ^ "Ginny Gilder biography and Olympic results". Sports Reference LLC. 
  12. ^ Brewer, Jerry (September 25, 2012). "Storm co-owner Gilder's resolve takes your breath away". Seattle Times. 
  13. ^ "Lois Chiles Talks About Being a Bond Girl". The New York Times. November 7, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Lois Chiles: biography". 

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