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Richard Gilder

Born: c. 1932
Birthplace: New York City

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Business, Philanthropist
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

As an interested alumnus, Gilder helped reorganize the investment of Yale's endowment, beginning in the 1970s. With the success of his short-selling strategy, his firm had $11B under management at its peak in 1999. Formerly interested in preserving battlefields, Gilder found a more productive ideological strategy in collecting historical documents. With fellow conservative Lew Lehrman, the pair began to amass a collection of over 50,000 documents and manuscripts from key moments in American history, using them to promote research and alternative historiography.

Wife: (four children)
Daughter: Virginia (Olympic medalist, rowing)
Wife: Lois Chiles (actress, m. 2005)

    High School: Northfield Mount Hermon School, Northfield, MA (1950)
    University: BA History, Yale University (1954)

    Gilder, Gagnon, Howe & Co. (1968-)
    A. G. Becker & Co.
    American Museum of Natural History Trustee
    Central Park Conservancy Trustee
    Club for Growth Co-founder, Chairman Emeritus
    Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Co-Founder
    Manhattan Institute for Policy Research Chairman (past)
    Morgan Library & Museum Trustee
    New York Historical Society Chairman, Executive Committee
    Obama for America
    Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture Executive Committee
    Rand Paul for US Senate 2010
    Romney for President
    Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee
    Ryan for Congress
    Thomas Jefferson Foundation Trustee
    Jewish Ancestry
    French Ancestry Maternal
    National Humanities Medal 2005


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