Our Pillars

No other Wall Street institution has a story like ours.
Our company was founded upon six core pillars:

Global Capabilities with Bespoke Service

Cantor offers a full suite of global capabilities—including investment banking, capital markets, prime services, research, and asset management—backed by a team that provides tailored support to meet clients’ unique financial needs.

Exceptional Talent

We recruit and hire exceptional talent to ensure our clients receive unparalleled service with a customized approach. We’re passionate about the continued growth and development of our employees so they can take their careers to the next level.

Continuous Innovation

We’re an innovation company. Why? Because more than 75 years of experience has taught us that the next 75 years belong to those who not only invest in but invent the future. Our commitment to fueling continuous innovation – both for ourselves and our clients – keeps us at the cutting edge of finance, where we deliver smarter, more personalized financial services to our clients.

Experienced Leadership

Howard W. Lutnick, Cantor Chairman & CEO, has been at the helm for more than three decades, making him one of the most experienced leaders on Wall Street. His visionary approach, relentless drive to succeed, and commitment to supporting the community in which we work and live carries through the organization.

Resilience and Perseverance

Not only have we persevered through every market fluctuation over the past seven decades, but we’ve built a global financial services powerhouse in the wake of unprecedented hardship. In 2001, we tragically lost 658 of our 960 New York-based colleagues in the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks. Due to the unwavering dedication, determination and ingenuity of our employees, we stand stronger now more than ever before.

Private Partnership

As a private institution, we stand apart in our capacity to focus exclusively on the things that matter most to our clients. Our independence allows us to put their success first every single day, and to foster dynamic, innovative approaches across all our businesses.

Our Chairman

Howard W. Lutnick

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Cantor Fitzgerald, L.P.

Howard W. Lutnick

Howard W. Lutnick

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Cantor Fitzgerald, L.P.

Howard W. Lutnick is Chairman and CEO of Cantor Fitzgerald, L.P., one of the world’s leading financial services firms, Chairman and CEO of global brokerage and financial technology company BGC Group, Inc., and Chairman of Newmark Group, Inc., a world leader in commercial real estate services.

Mr. Lutnick joined Cantor Fitzgerald in 1983 and rose rapidly through the ranks to be appointed President and CEO in 1991. Five years later he was named Chairman. In 2004, Cantor Fitzgerald separated out its voice brokerage business to create BGC Partners L.P. In 2008, Mr. Lutnick led the merger of BGC and eSpeed, forming BGC Partners, Inc. In 2011, BGC completed its acquisition of Newmark, and subsequently invested heavily in the growth of the commercial real estate services business. Newmark completed its IPO in 2017 and the Spin-Off from BGC in 2018.

Following the tragic losses suffered on September 11th, 2001, which included the loss of his brother Gary Lutnick, Mr. Lutnick rebuilt the firm and dedicated himself to supporting the families of the Cantor Fitzgerald employees lost that day. In the days after the attack, he launched The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund which committed $180 million to the 9/11 families over 5 years as well as healthcare coverage over 10 years. The Relief Fund is still active today and looks to aid victims of terrorism, natural disasters, and other emergencies.

Since 9/11, Mr. Lutnick has been recognized as a symbol of resilience, and his story has been widely covered by top financial publications. Mr. Lutnick was named The Financial Times’ Person of the Year in 2001 and Ernst & Young’s United States Entrepreneur of the Year in 2010. In 2023, Mr. Lutnick celebrated his 40th anniversary at the Firm, making him one of the longest-standing CEOs on Wall Street.

Mr. Lutnick is a member of the Board of Directors of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, the Partnership for New York City, Weill Cornell Medicine, and the Horace Mann School. Mr. Lutnick is a recipient of the highest honor granted to non-military personnel by the Navy: the Department of the Navy’s Distinguished Public Service Award.

Mr. Lutnick is a graduate of Haverford College and holds a degree in economics.



Howard W. Lutnick celebrates his 40th anniversary at the firm, making him one of the longest-standing CEOs on Wall Street.


Cantor Fitzgerald and its affiliates host their annual Charity Day to commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11.


Cantor Fitzgerald celebrates its 75-year anniversary.


Cantor Fitzgerald remains the top-ranked bank on Wall Street for SPAC underwriting for the second year in a row.


Cantor Fitzgerald hires Anshu Jain to be President of Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. Howard W. Lutnick and Anshu Jain make a series of strategic hires to expand and grow Cantor Fitzgerald’s Fixed Income, Investment Banking, Equities and Prime businesses.


BGC Partners sells eSpeed to Nasdaq.

Cantor Fitzgerald becomes a Primary Dealer in Ireland.


Cantor Fitzgerald Investment Advisors is launched.


Cantor Fitzgerald establishes its Prime Brokerage Services group.


BGC Partners, L.P. merges with eSpeed, Inc. to form BGC Partners, Inc.

BGC Partners goes public and is listed on NASDAQ.


Cantor Fitzgerald becomes a primary dealer for the US Federal Reserve.

Howard W. Lutnick pays a total of $180m to the families impacted by 9/11, 25% of all Cantor Fitzgerald profits over five years.


Cantor Fitzgerald spins out a portion of its voice brokerage business to form BGC Partners, L.P.

Cantor Fitzgerald and its affiliates host their first Annual Charity Day to turn the tragedy of 9/11 into charitable giving.


Cantor Fitzgerald tragically loses 658 of its 960 New York-based employees in the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks.

Howard W. Lutnick announces a plan to rebuild Cantor Fitzgerald and assist the impacted families by donating 25% of all company profits to them over a 5-year period and paying for their healthcare for 10 years.


eSpeed becomes publicly traded.


Cantor Fitzgerald launches its fully electronic trading platform, eSpeed.

Howard W. Lutnick is named Chairman of Cantor Fitzgerald.


Howard W. Lutnick is named CEO and President of Cantor Fitzgerald.


Howard W. Lutnick joins Cantor Fitzgerald as a Fixed Income analyst.


Cantor Fitzgerald becomes the world’s first screen-based marketplace for US Government Securities.


Cantor Fitzgerald begins offering large volume equities trading for institutional investors.


Cantor Fitzgerald was founded by Bernard Gerald Cantor and John Fitzgerald as a bond brokerage firm.

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