Kirkpatrick MacDonald is the Managing Partner of MacDonald & Cie, a niche private investment bank which he founded 40 years ago after leaving J.P. Morgan. He started his career on Wall Street in 1969 at Lehman Brothers in the corporate finance department, before working at Morgan Guaranty International Finance Corporation. He has been a partner of Sutter Hill Ventures, Accel Capital and Doll Capital, and was a founder of the George Washington National Bank, where he served as Vice Chairman in the mid-1980s. His firm is actively involved in the acquisition, development and management of large real estate holdings in New York City on behalf of private foreign investors. In 1997 in partnership with Swig Equities and others MacDonald & Cie acquired and completely renovated 48 Wall Street and is now the sole managing partner of the building. MacDonald’s son and partner, Bryce, has been and remains very involved in all aspects of 48 Wall Street.
MacDonald is a native of San Francisco and was educated at Yale University (B.Sc. in Business Administration 1962), the University of Oxford (M.A. in Politics, Philosophy and Economics 1964) and completed five years of study toward a Ph.D. in International Relations at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, before joining Lehman Brothers. He has been a member of the Museum's Board of Trustees since 2011.