Robert Rosenkranz – The Business Icon

Robert Rosenkranz is a man who wears many hats. He is most widely known as the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Delphi Financial Group, but he is …

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Robert Rosenkranz is a man who wears many hats. He is most widely known as the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Delphi Financial Group, but he is also philanthropist and patron of the arts, modern Asian art, in particular.

The Man

Mr. Rosenkranz graduated Yale University (A.B. summa cum laude in 1962) then moved on to Harvard Law School where he graduated he earned his J.D. in 1965. He is married to Alexandra Munroe, who is Samsung Senior Curator of Asian Art at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and has two children: Stephanie Rosenkranz Hessler and Nicholas Quin Rosenkranz who all serve as Directors for The Rosenkranz Foundation. Today he lives in Manhattan in an apartment that is an apt reflection of his passion for modern Asian art.

The Professional

Throughout his career he has served as a tax attorney in New York with Cahill, Gordon & Reindel and as an economist with the RAND Corporation. In this position he focused his research on the subjects of foreign policy and municipal finance.

He made his move to Oppenheimer & Company in 1969 before leaving his role a General Partner there to form the private equity firm Rosenkranz & Company in 1978.

Today he is not only the CEO of Delphi Financial Group, but also wears all the hats below and more.

  • Board of Directors for the Manhattan Institute (New York)
  • Board of Directors for the Lincoln Center Film Society (New York)
  • Board of Directors for the Policy Exchange (London)
  • Member of Yale School of Architecture Dean’s Council
  • Member of the Council on Foreign Relations
  • Member of the Visiting Committee for the Department of Photography at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

He is also founder and chairman for both The Rosenkranz Foundation and Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates, which is product of the Rosenkranz Foundation providing a forum for public policy debates held in D.D., Chicago, and New York and broadcast, via NOP to more than 200 radio stations.

The Philanthropist

As if his responsibilities as Delphi CEO aren’t demanding enough, he is also actively involved and takes a hands on approach with The Rosenkranz Foundation – a foundation he created in order to promote causes he believes strongly in, like higher education, public policy, and the arts, where he also serves as one of the directors.

Mr. Rosenkranz believes that his hands-on approach to giving is what makes his choices so successful when so many other foundations have a mix of successes and failures when it comes to giving. Not only is he hands-on when it comes to investing on the foundation’s behalf, but also when selecting the people and causes to enjoy the foundation’s benevolence.

He only gives to causes he supports personally and doesn’t accept solicitations for the funds, rather finds causes and then offers the financial support or funding that he is willing to offer. Over the years, The Rosenkranz Foundation has funded a diverse range of projects from endowing the Rosenkranz Writer-in-residence program at Yale University to patronizing Chinese artist, Mu Xin and underwriting Rosenkranz Court in Pierson College there are many exciting projects made possible by The Rosenkranz Foundation under the leadership and watchful eye of Robert Rosenkranz.

So far, it’s impossible to argue with the overwhelming success Rosenkranz has enjoyed as a man, a father, an investor, and a philanthropist. It should be exciting to see what the future has in store for him.

 

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