Richard Jenrette

Richard Hampton Jenrette (April 5, 1929 – April 22, 2018) was an American businessman who co-founded the investment bank Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (DLJ).[1]

Richard H. Jenrette
Richard Hampton Jenrette

(1929-04-05)April 5, 1929
DiedApril 22, 2018(2018-04-22) (aged 89)
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Harvard Business School
OccupationBanker, Founder of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette
Partner(s)William L. Thompson

Early lifeEdit

Jenrette was born on April 5, 1929, in Raleigh, North Carolina, the son of Joseph M. Jenrette, an insurance salesman, and his wife, Emma Love Jenrette, a homemaker and an avid gardener.[1] They lived in the Raleigh suburbs, according to Jenrette, in "a comfortable Tudor home."[2] He graduated from Needham B. Broughton High School in 1947,[3] and from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1951. Jenrette worked for the New England Life Insurance Co. from 1951 to 1953, and served in the North Carolina National Guard from 1953 to 1955, after which he enrolled in the Harvard Business School where he earned an MBA in 1957.[4]

Business careerEdit

After graduating from Harvard, Jenrette worked at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. from 1957 until 1959,[5] when he co-founded Donaldson Lufkin Jenrette ("DLJ") with William H. Donaldson and Dan Lufkin. The firm concentrated on in-depth analysis, setting a new industry standard for institutional investing.[6] Jenrette was instrumental in taking DLJ public in 1970, making it the first publicly traded investment firm in the United States.[7]

Taking the helm of DLJ in 1973, he shepherded the firm through the recession of 1980–1983, and managed the firm’s sale in 1985 to the insurance firm The Equitable Companies Inc.,[8] where he became the chief investment officer.[5] Jenrette served as chairman and CEO of AXA Equitable from April 1990,[9] until his retirement in 1996.[10]

In addition to his career at DLJ and Equitable, Jenrette was a member of the Harvard University Board of Overseers; a director of the Associates of the Harvard Business School; a trustee of The Duke Endowment; and chairman and founder of the Classical American Homes Preservation Trust.[2]

Restoration of historic housesEdit

Beginning in the 1960s, Jenrette bought and restored a series of notable historic houses, such as the Robert William Roper House in Charleston, South Carolina; Millford Plantation in Pinewood, South Carolina; Ayr Mount in Hillsborough, North Carolina; the George F. Baker House in New York City; and Edgewater in Barrytown, New York (which he bought in 1969 from the author Gore Vidal).[11][2]

At Edgewater, Jenrette built two new buildings, a garden pavilion (1997) and a poolhouse (1998), both designed by the architect Michael Dwyer.[12]

Personal lifeEdit

Jenrette's longtime partner, William L. Thompson, died in 2013.[1] Jenrette died of cancer on April 22, 2018, aged 89, in Charleston, South Carolina.[13]

Awards and honorsEdit

Written worksEdit

  • Richard H. Jenrette. Jenrette: The Contrarian Manager, (New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 1997).
  • Richard H. Jenrette. Adventures with Old Houses (Charleston, SC: Wyrick & Co., 2000), ISBN 0941711463.
  • Richard H. Jenrette. More Adventures with Old Houses (New York, NY: Classical American Homes Preservation Trust, 2010). ISBN 9780982573709.
  • Richard H. Jenrette. Columns by the Sea (New York, NY: Classical American Homes Preservation Trust, 2013), ISBN 9780982573716.


  1. ^ a b c Hershey Jr., Robert D. (April 23, 2018). "Richard Jenrette, 89, Wall St. Power and Preserver of Homes, Dies". The New York Times. Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Brown, Patricia Leigh (December 19, 1996). "Old Houses, Just Gotta Have 'Em". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Richard Jenrette: Always traveling…home". Retrieved 2020-05-25.
  4. ^ Ellis, Charles D. (16 April 2001). Wall Street People: True Stories of Today's Masters and Moguls, Volume 2. John Wiley & Sons. p. 299. ISBN 978-0-471-23809-6. Retrieved January 5, 2015.
  5. ^ a b Wayne, Leslie (June 1, 1990). "Going to the Rescue of an Insurer". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  6. ^ Bleakley, Fred R. (6 November 1984). "photo of William Donaldson, Dan Lufkin and Richard Jenrette; DONALDSON, LUFKIN LONG A MAVERICK (Published 1984)". The New York Times. Retrieved 5 January 2021.
  7. ^ Profile,; accessed April 22, 2018.
  8. ^ Eichenwald, Kurt. "Jenrette Reported to Decline Chairman's Job at Big Board".
  9. ^ "Jenrette Named Equitable Chief". The New York Times. May 18, 1990. p. 3. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  10. ^ Truell, Peter (February 14, 1996). "Chairman of Equitable Retires, Prompting Change at Insurer". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  11. ^ Classical American Homes Preservation Trust website,; accessed April 22, 2018.
  12. ^ Richard H. Jenrette, Adventures with Old Houses (Charleston, South Carolina: Wyrick & Co., 2000); ISBN 0-941711-46-3
  13. ^ "Richard Jenrette, Co-Founder of DLJ Investment Bank, Dies at 89".
  14. ^ Brozan, Nadine (September 18, 1996). "CHRONICLE". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 September 2018.

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