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 primarily servicing the wholesale financial and real estate markets.
A preeminent capital markets investment bank serving more than 5,000 institutional clients around the world, Cantor Fitzgerald is recognized for its strengths in equity and fixed income capital markets, investment banking, prime brokerage, commercial real estate finance and its global distribution platform. Cantor Fitzgerald is also a leader in new businesses and marketplaces including mobile gaming and gaming technology, e-commerce, insurance and other ventures. One of the leading middle market investment banks, Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. is one of 21 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.).
BGC serves the world’s leading banks and investment banks in brokering credit, rates, foreign exchange, equities, and other asset classes. BGC also offers financial technology solutions, market data, and analytics regarding select financial instruments and markets. BGC’s customers include many of the world’s largest banks, broker-dealers, investment banks, trading firms, hedge funds, governments, corporations, property owners, real estate developers and investment firms. BGC’s Newmark Grubb Knight Frank commercial real estate services business, a premier, full-service commercial real estate firm, serves the marketplace with an integrated platform of brokerage, capital markets , and advisory services including investment sales and financial services, consulting, project and development management, property and facilities management and valuation services.
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 150 charitable causes around the world. Cantor, BGC and the Relief Fund have also committed $10 million to assist thousands of families in New York and New Jersey who were severely impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
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.