Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Howard W. Lutnick is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cantor Fitzgerald, L.P., one of the world’s leading financial services firms and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BGC Partners, Inc., a leading global brokerage company servicing the financial and real estate markets. More details about his role at BGC Partners can be read here.
A preeminent investment bank serving more than 7,000 institutional clients around the world, Cantor Fitzgerald is recognized for its strengths in equity and fixed income capital markets, investment banking, prime brokerage, and commercial real estate finance and for its global distribution platform. Cantor Fitzgerald is also a leader in new businesses and marketplaces including gaming technology, e-commerce, and other ventures. One of the leading middle market investment banks, Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. is one of 22 primary dealers authorized to trade U.S. government securities with The Federal Reserve Bank of New York (Cantor Fitzgerald, L.P. is the parent entity of Cantor Fitzgerald & Co.).
Mr. Lutnick guided the rebuilding of Cantor following the devastating September 11, 2001, World Trade Center attacks that claimed the lives of 658 of the firm’s 960 New York-based employees. Since then, Cantor has provided over $180 million to help the families of the firm’s employees who perished. Each year on their annual Charity Day, Cantor and BGC, in conjunction with the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, donate their entire global revenues to approximately 150 charitable causes around the world, totaling over $100 million to date. Cantor, BGC and the Relief Fund also provided substantial financial assistance to thousands of families in New York and New Jersey who were severely impacted by Hurricane Sandy and, in the aftermath of the tornado that struck Moore, Oklahoma, also provided direct financial support to help families with a child in the Moore public schools whose homes were severely affected or destroyed.
Mr. Lutnick graduated from Haverford College in 1983 with a degree in economics and joined Cantor Fitzgerald the same year. He was named President and CEO in 1991 and Chairman in 1996. He is a member of the boards of Haverford College, the Zachary and Elizabeth M. Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Disease Research at Rockefeller University, Intrepid Museum Foundation, National September 11 Memorial & Museum, the Solomon Guggenheim Museum Foundation, and The Partnership for New York City. Mr. Lutnick received the Department of the Navy's Distinguished Public Service Award, the highest honor granted by the Navy to non-military personnel. Mr. Lutnick and his wife Allison have four children.