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Peter George Peterson

Government official , business executive

Peter PETERSON, business executive and government official. Industry Commission, on Institute Development Issues, Trilateral Commission.


PETERSON, Peter was born on June 5, 1926 in Kearney, Nebraska, United States. Son of George and Venetia (nee Paul) Peterson.


Bachelor of Science, Northwestern University, 1947. Master of Business Administration, U.Chgo., 1951. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), Colgate University.

Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), George Washington University. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), Northwestern University. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), Georgetown University.

Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), University Rochester. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), New School University. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), Southampton College at Long Island.


Director 1949-1951, Executive Vice-President 1951-1953. Director of Marketing Services, McCann-Erickson (advertising firm) 1953, Vice President 1954-1958, General Manager Chicago Office 1955-1957, Director, Assistant to President, coordinating services regional offices 1957-1958. Executive Vice-President and Director Bell & Howell 1958-1961, President 1961-1963, Chief Executive Officer 1963-1971, Chair, of Board 1968-1971.

Assistant to President, of United States of America for Institute Economics Affairs 1971-1972, also Executive Director Council on Institute Economics Policy. Secretary of Commerce 1972-1973. Chairman Board Lehman Bros.

Kuhn Loeb Inc. (frnrly. Lehman Bros. Inc.), New York 1973-1983. Chairman The Blackstone Group since 1985.

Director Minnesota Mining and Mfg. Company, Rockefeller Center Properties Inc. Former Director Federated Department Stores, Black and Decker Mfg.

Company, General Foods Corporation, RCA, Continental Group, Cities Service. Trustee, Museum of Modern Art, New York. Per Jacobsson Lecture 1984.



Founding member Bi-Partisan Budget Appeal. President The Concord Coalition. Trustee Commission for Economic Development, Museum Modern Art, New York City.

Board director Public Agenda. Member Council on Foreign Relations (chairman board 1985-2007, chairman emeritus, since 2007), Institute International Economic (chairman bd 1980), National Bureau Economic Research (trustee), Japan Society, Blind Brook Club (Purchase, New York ), Deepdale Club (Manhasset, New York ), Maidstone Club (Easthampton, New York ), Chicago Club, River Club, Links, Augusta National Club, Friar's Head Golf Club (Riverhead, New York ), Burning Tree (Washington), Quail Valley Golf Club, Atlantic Club, Windsor Club. Fellow American Academy Arts & Sciences.


Married Sally H., May 1953 (divorced 1979). Children: John, Jim, David, Holly, Michael. Married Joan Ganz Cooney, April 26, 1980.

George Peterson

Venetia Peterson

Sally H.

Joan Ganz Cooney

John Peterson

Jim Peterson

David Peterson

Holly Peterson

Michael Peterson