Howard W. Lutnick, Co-Vice Chairman
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 serving the financial and real estate markets.
A preeminent capital markets 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, and commercial real estate finance and for its global distribution platform. BGC’s Financial Services business serves the world’s largest banks, broker-dealers, investment banks, governments, corporations and others with an array of products including fixed income securities, interest rate swaps, foreign exchange, equities, equity derivatives, credit derivatives, commodities, futures, structured products and other asset classes. BGC’s Commercial Real Estate Services business, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, provides a full range of services including leasing advisory, global corporate services, investment sales and capital markets, property and facilities management, program and project management, and valuation and advisory 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 were lost that day. Cantor and its affiliates now have 3,500 employees in New York and 8,000 globally. Each year on their annual Charity Day, Cantor Fitzgerald and BGC in conjunction with the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund donate 100% of their global revenues to the Relief Fund and over 100 charities around the world, helping turn a tragic anniversary into one that is positive and uplifting. Charity Day has raised approximately $100 million since its inception, supporting charitable causes worldwide in addition to providing direct financial assistance to thousands of families in New York and New Jersey who were severely impacted by Hurricane Sandy as well as families whose homes were severely affected or destroyed by the tornado that struck Moore, Oklahoma.
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, 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.