Robert K. Steel

Partner, Corporate at Perella Weinberg Partners LP

Robert K. Steel

Robert K. Steel

Partner, Corporate at Perella Weinberg Partners LP

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United States Department of Treasury
Wachovia Preferred Funding Corp.
Wachovia Strategic Ventures

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Greenwich, CT, United States

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Chairman at Cadence Bancorporation

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President at Duke University

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Former Chairman & Chief Executive Officer at The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation

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Chairman & Chief Executive Officer at Henry Crown & Co.

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Co-Founder at The Carlyle Group, Inc.

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Founding Executive Director, Henry Crown Fellowship at The Aspen Institute, Inc.

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Vice Chairman at Hospital for Special Surgery

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Chairman-Emeritus at Duke University

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President & Chief Executive Officer at Hospital for Special Surgery

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Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer at Hospital for Special Surgery

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Partner, Corporate at Perella Weinberg Partners LP
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Former Assignment Editor at WBBM-TV

WBBM-TV is a CBS owned-and-operated television station located in Chicago.

Class of 1984

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business is a graduate business school located in Chicago, Illinois, at the University of Chicago. Formerly known as the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, Chicago Booth is the second-oldest business school in the U.S., the first such school to offer an Executive MBA program, and the first to initiate a Ph.D. program in business. The school was renamed in 2008 following a $300 million endowment gift to the school by alumnus David G. Booth. The school has the third-largest endowment of any business school. The school's flagship campus is located in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago on the main campus of the university. The school also maintains additional campuses in London and Asia (originally Singapore, but in July 2013 a move to Hong Kong was announced), as well as in downtown Chicago on the Magnificent Mile. In addition to conducting graduate business programs, the school conducts research in the fields of finance, economics, quantitative marketing research, and accounting. Chicago Booth is currently ranked first in the United States by Bloomberg Businessweek and first globally by the Economist.


Duke University is an academic university that offers undergraduate, graduate and professional programs. It also has publications and research services. The university was founded in 1838 and is headquartered in Durham, NC.


The Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today’s most challenging problems. Pew applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public and stimulate civic life. We are an independent nonprofit organization – the sole beneficiary of seven individual trusts established between 1948 and 1979 by two sons and two daughters of Sun Oil Company founder Joseph N. Pew and his wife, Mary Anderson Pew. From its first day in 1948, Pew’s founders steeped the new institution with the entrepreneurial and optimistic spirit that characterized their lives. Early priorities included cancer research, the Red Cross and a pioneering project to assist historically black colleges. As the country and the world have evolved, we have remained dedicated to our founders’ emphasis on innovation. Today, Pew is a global research and public policy organization, still operated as an independent, non-partisan, non-governmental organization dedicated to serving the public. Informed by the founders’ interest in research, practical knowledge and a robust democracy, our portfolio has grown over time to include public opinion research; arts and culture; and environmental, health, state and consumer policy initiatives. Our work lays the foundation for effective policy solutions by informing and engaging citizens, linking diverse interests to pursue common cause and insisting on tangible results. Our projects encourage efficient, responsive governments – at the local, state, national and international levels – serving the best interests of the people. Current projects seek to strengthen environmental and energy policies; protect our oceans and wild lands; improve health through investments in child nutrition; increase the safety of foods and drugs; provide consumers with better information about financial products; and help states and cities invest in programs that provide the strongest returns. We are particularly committed to improving the civic life of Philadelphia, our founders’ home town. We partner with a diverse range of donors, public and private organizations and concerned citizens who share our interest in fact-based solutions and goal-driven investments to improve society.


The Economic Strategy Group (ESG), a non-profit program of the Aspen Institute, is composed of a diverse, bipartisan group of distinguished leaders and thinkers with the goal of promoting evidence-based solutions to significant U.S. economic challenges. Co-chaired by Henry M. Paulson, Jr. and Erskine Bowles, the ESG fosters the exchange of economic policy ideas and seeks to clarify the lines of debate on emerging economic issues while promoting bipartisan relationship-building among current and future generations of policy leaders in Washington.


The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation's largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness. For over a century, the BSA has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The Boy Scouts of America believes — and, through over a century of experience, knows — that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society.

Career History
Partner, Corporate
2014 - Current

Perella Weinberg Partners is a leading independent financial services firm. Established in 2006, the Firm provides advisory and asset management services to a global client base, including corporations, institutions and governments. The Advisory business advises clients on mergers and acquisitions, financial restructuring, capital structure advisory, private capital raising, pension matters, strategic advisory, independent special committee advisory, and government services. The Asset Management business includes a suite of hedge fund strategies, private investment funds and outsourced investment office solutions. Including affiliates, Perella Weinberg Partners has capital commitments and managed assets of more than $8.9 billion. Serving a diverse group of global clients, Perella Weinberg Partners employs over 415 employees located in our New York, London, Abu Dhabi, Austin, Beijing, Denver, Dubai, and San Francisco offices. The firm is a subsidiary of Perella Weinberg Partners Group LP.

Deputy Mayor for Economic Development & Rebuilding
2010 - 2014
President & Chief Executive Officer
2008 - 2009

Wachovia Preferred Funding Corp. (Wachovia Funding) focuses to acquire, hold and manage domestic mortgage assets, and other authorized investments. As of December 31, 2011, Wachovia Funding is a direct subsidiary of Wachovia Preferred Funding Holding Corp. (Wachovia Preferred Holding) and an indirect subsidiary of both Wells Fargo & Company (Wells Fargo) and Wachovia Bank, National Association (the Bank). One of its subsidiaries, Wachovia Real Estate Investment Corp. (WREIC), operates as a real estate investment trust (a REIT). Wachovia Funding's other subsidiary is Wachovia Preferred Realty, LLC (WPR). Wachovia Funding owns 98.20% of the outstanding member interests in WPR and the remaining 1.80% is owned by the Bank.

Boards & Committees
Member, Board of Overseers
Prior - 2016

The Henry Crown Fellowship Program, established in 1997, seeks to develop the next generation of community-spirited leaders, providing them with the tools necessary to meet the challenges of business and civic leadership in the 21st century. The program is a unique mix of seminars designed to broaden the perspectives of the participants and hone their skills in values-centered leadership. It honors the memory of Chicago industrialist Henry Crown (1896-1990), whose legendary career was marked by a lifelong commitment to honor, integrity, industry and philanthropy.


DUMAC manages Duke University's endowment assets collectively. Similar to the way individual investors pool their assets in a mutual fund, each of the individual funds comprising the University’s endowment owns units in Duke’s Long Term Pool (LTP). Their managers seek to achieve an annualized real rate of return to fund the University’s spending and to allow for growth of the endowment after considering the effects of inflation. The firm measures actual allocation of investment exposures against target allocations articulated in their investment policy.


The American Action Forum is a 21st Century center-right policy institute providing actionable research and analysis to solve America’s most pressing policy challenges. Led by Douglas Holtz-Eakin, former Director of the Congressional Budget Office, AAF injects forward-thinking ideas into the public debate that will build a better economic future, promoting innovative, free-market solutions to create a smaller, smarter government. AAF provides data-driven insight to today’s defining domestic policy challenges, utilizes both in-house policy experts and a broad network of outside experts, and deploys modern communications approaches to express ideas and effectively engage policymakers, thought leaders, academics, media, and the general public. In just the few years since its 2009 founding, AAF has proudly led the center-right policy debate on issues ranging from debt, health care, taxes, immigration, and more. Its work is routinely utilized by center-right leaders who understand that government has an important, but limited role in protecting freedoms, promoting a vibrant private sector, and serving US citizens more effectively. The American Action Forum is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, and it is not affiliated with or controlled by any political group. Its focus is to educate the public about the complex policy choices now facing the country, and explain as cogently and forcefully as possible why solutions grounded in the center-right values that have guided the country thus far still represent the best way forward for America's future. It will stay neutral in elections, and by and large will leave its sister organization, the American Action Network, to engage in any appropriate direct legislative advocacy in support of the policy proposals it discusses. Like the Network, the Forum welcomes policy ideas consistent with its center-right values from any source, regardless of party affiliation, and aims to make its educational materials available to members of the public of all political stripes.

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Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. provides entertainment services. It offers dance, music, film, opera, theater, family, and festivals and programs. The company was founded by Dwight D. Eisenhower on May 14, 1959 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

$1M - $2M

Music Associates of Aspen, Inc. provides music education services. The firm's services include, chamber, opera, contemporary music, master classes, orchestral concerts and lectures. The company was founded by Walter Paepcke and Elizabeth Paepcke in 1949 and headquartered in Aspen, CO.

$25K +

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also maintains offices in New York City and has an international network of partners.

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Former Senator from the 21st District at Connecticut State Senate


Former Senator from the 21st District at Connecticut State Senate


Secretary of Commerce at United States Department of Commerce

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Wachovia Corp. provided commercial and retail banking services. It offered personal finance and wealth management services. The company was founded on June 16, 1879 and was headquartered in Charlotte, NC.

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Awards & Honors
Rank #83
Crain's New York Business - Most Connected New Yorkers
Rank #77
City & State - New York City Power 100
Creative Works
Executive Producer

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Aspen, CO, United States
2011 Aspen Ideas Festival

Entering its seventh year, the Aspen Ideas Festival gathered some of the most interesting thinkers and leaders from around the US and abroad to discuss their work, the issues that inspire them, and their ideas. Presented by the Aspen Institute and The Atlantic, the Festival is unique in its dedication to dialogue and exchange, and in its commitment to bringing ideas to the public at large. is pleased to present Festival programs taking place at the Aspen Institute's Paepcke Auditorium.

Aspen, CO, United States
2009 Aspen Ideas Festival

Aspen Ideas Festival, presented by the Aspen Institute and The Atlantic, continues to broaden its reach and engage with more people than ever before on ideas that matter. A major focus throughout the Festival, which opens today, is increasing live and on-demand video opportunities for online viewers around the world.

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