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Photo: Jerry I. Speyer, Katherine Farley, Mike Bloomberg, Patricia E. Harris, Richard K. Steel, Gillian Steel & Russell Granet

The Lincoln Center for The Performing Arts Commemorated Its 2018 Annual Fall Gala Honoring Richard K. Steel (CEO of Perella Weinberg Partners) with the Lincoln Center Distinguished Service Award…!

NEW YORK,NY(SMIWIRE,10.24.18)-The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, honored Richard k. Steel, Chief Executive Officer at Perella Weinberg Partners today, with the Lincoln Center Distinguished Award, on its 2018 annual Fall gala at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center in Manhattan, New York City.


A special gala event, attended mostly by numerous corporate and performing arts donors, that gather annualy in support the Lincoln Center Performing Arts programs.

Richard K. Steel was presented with the 2018 Lincoln Center Distinguished Service Award by Bloomberg Philanthropies CEO Patricia E. Harris, during award presentation for  his leadership as a Trustee of Lincoln Center, a prominent corporate executive, and a dedicated public servant in New York City.

Lincoln Center Chair Katherine Farley spoke of Robert’s contributions to Lincoln Center:

“ We salute both Bob and Gillian for all they do for Lincoln Center, and all they do for

 New York City.” 

Chief Executive Officer of Bloomberg Philanthropies Patricia E. Harris added, “Bob is one

of the most intelligent and creative people I know, and the city and country are lucky

for that.” 


Former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg (2002–2013) ended his glowing tribute to the honoree with, “ Bob Steele exemplifies service and leadership, and we are lucky to call him a friendd.”

Notable Attendees Included: Robert and Gillian Steel, Lawrence & Ronnie Ackman,

Mike Bloomberg, Adrienne Arsht, Katherine Farley & Jerry Speyer, Katie Couric & John Molner, Laurie M. Tisch, Chandrika Krishnamurthy Tandon, Robert & Helen Appel, Mrs Mercedes T. Bass,  Robert & Renee Belfer, Susan & Richard Braddock,

Peter Cincotti, Aaron Diehl, Blair & Cheryl Effron, Patricia E. Harris, Anne Welsh McNulty, Meg & Bennet Goodman, Anne & Joel Ehrenkranz, Russell Granet..& Others


About Richard K. Steel

Robert K. Steel is a Partner and Chief Executive Officer at Perella Weinberg Partners.

Mr. Steel has more than 40 years of experience.  Prior to joining Perella Weinberg Partners in May of 2014, Mr. Steel was New York City’s Deputy Mayor for Economic Development where he was responsible for the Bloomberg Administration’s five-borough economic development strategy and job-creation efforts, and oversaw such agencies as the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, Department of City Planning, Department of Small Business Services, NYC Economic Development Corporation and NYC & Company, and chaired the Brooklyn Bridge Park board. A key initiative of Mayor Bloomberg’s Administration was to encourage and grow the technology sector of New York City’s economy and Mr. Steel led the applied sciences initiative, which established the Cornell-Technion campus on Roosevelt Island and New York University Center for Urban Science and Progress initiative in Brooklyn, New York.

He was previously CEO of Wachovia Corporation, where he oversaw the sale of the bank to Wells Fargo & Co. and served on the Wells Fargo board of directors until 2010.  Prior to that, Mr. Steel was Under Secretary for Domestic Finance of the United States Treasury, where he revived the President’s Working Group, the core group to respond to the global economic crisis of 2008. He managed the Department’s Blueprint for Modernized Regulatory Structure, which recommended several of the reforms since pursued by the Obama administration.

Mr. Steel also spent nearly 30 years at Goldman Sachs, rising to Head of the Global Equities Division, Vice Chairman of the firm and a member of its Management Committee. He began his Goldman Sachs career in Chicago, and then spent more than seven years in London before returning to the United States to work in the New York headquarters. Mr. Steel also was a member of the board of directors of Barclays from 2005 to 2006.

He is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. Mr. Steel is Chairman Emeritus of the Aspen Institute’s Board of Trustees and has served as Chairman of Duke’s Board of Trustees, Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, a member of the FDIC Advisory Committee on Economic Inclusion, Chairman of The After-School Corporation, co-chair of the Bloomberg Global Business Council, and Co-Founder of SeaChange Capital Partners, an organization dedicated to helping nonprofits grow.

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