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William Edward Edward Simon

Financier , Government official

William SIMON, American financier and government official. Award 1990); Award 1976. Board of Governors; Board of directors; Committee to Fight Inflation 1980; Economics Policy Advisory Board since 1981.


SIMON, William was born on November 27, 1927 in Paterson, New Jersey, United States. Son of Charles Simon and Eleanor Kearns.


Bachelor in Government and Law, Lafayette College, 1952. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Lafayette College, 1973. Other honorary degrees include Doctor of Laws, Pepperdine University, 1975.

Other honorary degrees include Doctor of Laws, Manhattanville College, 1978. Other honorary degrees include Doctor of Laws, Washington University, 1980. Other honorary degrees include Doctor of Laws, Boston University, 1980.

Other honorary degrees include Doctor of Laws, Washington College, 1984. Other honorary degrees include Doctor of Laws, Rider College, 1984. Other honorary degrees include Doctor of Laws, Seton Hall University, 1984.

Other honorary degrees include Doctor of Laws, Fairleigh Dickinson University, 1984. Other honorary degrees include Doctor of Laws, Rutgers University, 1985. Other honorary degrees include Doctor of Laws, University Rochester, 1985.

Doctor of Civil Law, Jacksonville University, 1976. Scriptural Degree, Israel Torah Research Institute, Jerusalem, 1976. Doctor Philosophiae honoris causa, Tel Aviv University, 1976.

Doctor of Science, New England College, 1977. HHD, Springfield University, 1986. Doctor of Economics, Hanyang University, Seoul, Republic of Korea, 1988.

HHD (honorary), Manhattanville College, 1996.


With Union Securities Company, New York City, 1952-1957, assistant vice president, manager municipal trading department, 1955-1957. Vice president Weeden & Company, 1957-1964. Joined Salomon Brothers & Hutzler, 1964.

Senior partner, member executive committee Salomon Brothers, 1964-1973. Administrator Federal Energy Office, Washington, 1973-1974. Deputy secretary United States Department Treasury, 1973-1974, secretary, 1974-1977.

Senior consultant Booz Allen & Hamilton Inc., 1977-1979. Senior advisor Blyth Eastman Dillon & Company Inc., 1977-1980. Deputy chairman Olayan Investments Company Establishment, 1980-1982.

Chairman Crescent Diversified Ltd., 1980-1982, Wesray Corporation, 1981-1986, Wesray Capital Corporation, 1984-1986. Chairman emeritus Wesray Corporation, Wesray Capital Corporation, 1987. Currently chairman, LLC. William E. Simon & Sons, Morristown, New Jersey.

Co-chairman WSGP International Inc., Los Angeles. Chairman William E. Simon Foundation, Inc. Board directors Pompano Park Realty, Inc., Castleton, Inc.

Former consultant W.R. Grace & Company, Brazilinvest, Allstate Insurance Company, Calvin Bullock Ltd., Johnson & Johnson. Member public review board Arthur Andersen & Company. Past chairman World Trade bank corporation.

Lecturer numerous schools including Harvard Business School, University Michigan, Georgetown University, Boston University, University Chicago, Columbia University, Lafayette College, University Notre Dame, Oxford University, United States Air Force Academy, United States Military Academy, Long Island University, Washington University, St. Louis, Princeton University, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, University Rochester, Susquehanna University, Fairleigh Dickinson University. Lecturer conferences, round tables, panels, corporations, member advisory board Classics of Liberty Library. (Gryphon Editions Inc.), Corporation for Development and Commerce, The Papers of Albert Gallatin, appointed adjunct faculty member and district visiting professor United States Air Force Academy, 1995.


  • Numerous scholarships and endowments established.



President John M. Olin Foundation, founding president Richard Nixon Presidential Library. and Birthplace. Chairman investment committee United States Air Force Academy, United States Air Force Academy Academic Development Fund. Former president and treasurer United States Olympic Committee, now member board administrators, finance committee.

Member budget and finance committee, trustee Heritage Foundation. Newark Boys Chorus School. Trustee emeritus Lafayette College.

Trustee, member investment committee, member executive advisory council, trustee Simon School, University Rochester. Chairman board trustees United States Olympic Foundation. Board directors Sequoia Institute, Kissinger Associates, National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Inc., director emeritus, International Foundation for Education and Self Help, Citizens Network for Foreign Affairs, Atlantic Council of the United States, Target.

Board directors, co-chairman endowment committee Covenant House. Honorary director The Gerald R. Ford Foundation. Board advisors Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights.

Member national council trustees Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. Member advisory board Jesse Owens Foundation, secretary/treasurer. Member board overseers Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, Stanford University, Executive Council on Foreign Diplomacy.

Member advisory board American representative Pacific Security Research Institute, Sydney, Australia, University Southern California School Business Administration, trustee Newark Academy, member nominating committee. Member advisory board, life member S.A.I.L., Inc.-American Tall Ship Syndicate, Private Sector Initiatives Foundation, Women's Sports Foundation, United States Association Blind Athletes, Caths. Committed to Support the Pope, The Acton Institute, Center for International Management Education, University Dallas, Center for Christianity and the Common Good.

Member national advisory board Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Alliance. Honorary board governors Tel Aviv University;member board advisors William J. Casey chair geopolit. studies John M. Ashbrook Center Public Affairs. Member federal advisory board Commission for Preservation of Treasury Building.

Member Inaugural advisory board Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum. Member advisory council Consumer Alert. Member international advisory council International Center for the Disabled.

Member committee Cardinal's Committee of the Laity. Board governors Hugh O'Brian Youth Federation. Board governors, member finance, investment committees, special committee on hospital environmental, member international advisory board New York Hospital.

Board governors Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation. Member Ambassador John D. J. Moore Scholarship Fund, University College, Dublin, Ireland, President's Committee on Arts and Humanities. Member committee for restoration John B. Kelly Junior Memorial Boathouse.

Member visiting committee Marine Sciences Research Center, State University of New York, Stony Brook. Member international councillors Center for Strategic and International Studies. Member honorary committee Women's Economic Round Table.

Member executive committee The Bretton Woods Committee. Member policy council The Tax Foundation. Member of council Templeton College.

Principal Council for Excellence in Government. Member executive council Daytop Village, Inc. Member national steering committee Jefferson Energy Foundation.

Member international committee Miles Jesu International Committee for Human Dignity. Member national planning board Morality in Media Inc. Member chairman's council National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Inc.

Member diplomatic council People to People Sports Committee Inc. Honorary chairman Institute Educational Affairs. Honorary chairman fund raising campaign Morris Center Young Men’s Christian Association.

Honorary co-chairman Liberty Park Foundation, Suffolk County Vietnam Veterans Memorial Commission, United States Fitness Academy Campaign, National Fitness Foundation. Member advisory council William J. Donovan Memorial Foundation Inc., chairman Templeton Honor Rolls for Education in Free Society, board advisory Center for Military Readiness, Chances for Children. Served with infantry United States Army, 1946-1948.

Pilgrims of the United States, National Federation State high School Associations (chairman board emeritus), Mont Pelerin Society, Asia Society (former trustee), Explorers Club (honorary director), bd, counselors American Association Master Knights of Sovereign Milit. Order of Malta (executive committee), Villa Taverna Society, American Association Retired Persons, Artic Institute North America, American Australian Association, Author's Guild Inc., Collector Arms Dealer Association, New Jersey Farm Bureau, Pennsylvania Society, Royal Geographical Society, Kappa Beta Phi. Clubs: Alfalfa (Washington).

Balboa Bay (California). Maidstone Inc., Links, New York Yacht, Bond of New York, Municipal Bond of New York, New York Athletic (New York City, Man of Year 1984). Commonwealth of California (San Francisco).

Rolling Rock (Ligonier, Pennsylvania). Oahu Country (Honolulu). Maui Country; Morris County Golf (New Jersey).

Robert Trent Jones International Golf (founding board directors), Bel-Air Country Club, Bohemian Club and Cave Man Camp, Park Avenue Club, DKE Club/Yale Club, Sunningdale Golf Club, Sporting CLays of Tampa Bay, Amwell Valley Conservancy.


Married Carol Girard, September 9, 1950 (deceased June 1995). Married Tonia Adams Donnelley, July 2, 1996. Children: William Edward Junior, John Peter, Mary Beth Simon Streep, Carol Leigh Simon Porges, Aimee Simon Bloom, Julie Ann Simon Munro, Johanna Katrina Morris.

Carol Girard

Tonia Adams Donnelley

William Edward Junior Simon

John Peter Simon

Mary Beth Simon Streep Simon

Carol Leigh Simon Porges Simon

Aimee Simon Bloom Simon

Julie Ann Simon Munro Simon

Johanna Katrina Morris Simon