|Founder||Henry Phipps Jr.|
(moving to 1271 Avenue of the Americas in 2021),
Bessemer Trust is a private, independent multi-family office that oversees more than $140 billion for over 2,500 families, foundations and endowments. Founded in 1907, the firm has its headquarters in New York City, with 19 regional offices elsewhere in the world.
In 1907, Henry Phipps Jr. (1839-1930), of the Phipps family that still owns and directs the firm, started Bessemer Trust as a family office to manage money he earned from his sale of Carnegie Steel, which he founded with Andrew Carnegie.
In 1974, the Phipps family began allowing other select wealthy families to use Bessemer Trust's family office capabilities. This allowed the firm to maintain the size required to attract potential staff and investments.
Bessemer Trust's headquarters are in New York City. The firm has 18 regional offices located in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Grand Cayman, Greenwich, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Naples, Palm Beach, San Francisco, Seattle, Stuart, Washington, D.C., Wilmington, and Woodbridge, NJ.
Bessemer Trust manages wealth totaling $106 billion, 90% of which comes from their 2,300 clients. With a client-retention rate of 98.4%, the firm holds on to significantly more of their clients than the industry-wide average of 95%. Clients must have at least $10 million to expect a full range of services from Bessemer Trust.
Bessemer Trust won three notable awards in the 2014 Family Wealth Report, the yearly report from an organization that evaluates and ranks wealth management firms. The awards Bessemer Trust won include Best National Multi-Family Office and Best Fund Manager.
In 2001, Bessemer Trust entered into a partnership with Morgan Stanley's Alan Goldberg to form Lindsay Goldberg & Bessemer, a middle market private equity firm. Prior to the founding of LGB, Bessemer Trust's Robert Lindsay was responsible for making private equity investments.