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Insurance company executive

Ernest Edward Stempel was American insurance company executive. Bar: New York 1946. Named one of Forbes' Richest Americans, 2006; recipient Alumni Achievement award, Fordham University Law School, 2007. Served to lieutenant (senior grade) United States Naval Reserve, 1942-1946. Member American Bar Association, New York State Bar.


Stempel, Ernest Edward was born on May 10, 1916 in New York City. Son of Frederick Christian and Leah Lillian Stempel.


AB, Manhattan College, 1938. Bachelor of Laws, Fordham University, 1946. Master of Laws, New York University, 1949.

D.J.S., New York University, 1951. Honorary Doctor of Laws, Manhattan College, 1986.


With American International Underwriters Corporation, New York City, 1938-1953. Vice president American International Company Ltd., Hamilton, Bermuda, 1953-1963. Executive vice president life insurance American International Group, Inc., 1976—1989, vice chairman life insurance, 1989—1996.

Chairman, director American International Assurance Company (Bermuda) Ltd., American International Reins. Company Ltd., Bermuda, Philippine American Life Insurance Company, Manila, Australian American Assurance Limited company, American International Assurance Limited company, Hong Kong, American International Group Life Insurance Company, Delaware American Life Insurance Company, Wilmington, Delaware, American International Life Assurance Company of New York. President, director Starr International Company Inc.

Senior advisor American International Group Inc. Director Curriculum Vitae Starr & Company Incorporated, New York York City, American Life Insurance Company, Wilmington, Seguros Interamericana (S.A.), Mexico, Mount Mansfield Company, Inc., Stowe, Vermont, Seguros Venezuela (C.A.), Caracas, director American International Underwriters (Latin American), Inc., Bermuda, American International Underwriters Mediterranean, Inc., Bermuda, Pacific Union Assurance Company, California, Underwriters Adjustment Company, Panama.


  • Bar: New York 1946.


Served to lieutenant (senior grade) United States Naval Reserve, 1942-1946. Member American Bar Association, New York State Bar. Clubs: Marco Polo (New York City), Royal Bermuda Yacht (Bermuda), Mid-Ocean (Bermuda), Coral Beach & Tennis Club (Bermuda), Riddell's Bay Golf and Country (Bermuda).


Married Phyllis Brooks (deceased March 1993). Children: Diana Brooks Bergquist, Calvin Pinkcomb, Neil Frederick, Robert Russell.

Frederick Christian

Leah Lillian Stempel

Phyllis Brooks

Diana Brooks Bergquist Stempel

Calvin Pinkcomb Stempel

Neil Frederick Stempel

Robert Russell Stempel