Howard  P. Milstein

Howard Milstein

Howard P. Milstein is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of New York Private Bank & Trust and its operating bank, Emigrant Bank (the country’s largest privately owned, family-run bank). He also chairs and operates the Milstein family’s real estate companies, including Milstein Properties, Milford Management and the Milford Agency. Howard is founding Chairman of the merchant bank FriedbergMilstein.

Howard’s broad interests are manifest in numerous successful entrepreneurial businesses across a range of sectors: real estate, banking, hotels, marketing, finance, technology and other ventures.

Howard provides significant, hands-on leadership and commitment to a range of communal, educational and civic organizations. He is particularly active in the fields of medical research and healthcare delivery and also dedicates time and significant support to law enforcement/counter-terrorism programs, higher education, disaster relief, the arts and communal giving.

Howard serves as the Chairman of the Board of the New York Blood Center, American Skin Association and the Howard and Georgeanna Jones Foundation for Reproductive Medicine. He also serves on the Board of the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation. In 2011, the Milstein Medical Asian American Partnership Foundation (MMAAP Foundation) was created by Howard and Abby Milstein and the Paul Milstein Family to contribute to world health by developing mutually beneficial partnerships between the United States and China, as well as greater Asia.

He is on the Board of the Weill Cornell Medical College. At Cornell University, Howard is Trustee and Presidential Counselor and Overseer, Cornell Medical College. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Dean’s Advisory Board of Harvard Law School. Howard serves on the Boards of the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C., and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. In 2011, Howard was selected by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to serve as the Chairman of the New York State Thruway Authority. The New York State Senate unanimously confirmed Howard’s appointment in June 2011. In May 2015, Howard was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.

Howard has served as a member of the Board of the Economic Club of New York and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Real Estate Board of New York. He is a member of the Real Estate Forum of the Columbia University Business School and the Real Estate Roundtable, and serves on the Columbia M.B.A. Real Estate Program Advisory Board.

In March 2016, the China Association for International Exchange of Personnel announced that Howard will receive the prestigious Marco Polo Award, the highest honor given to a non-Chinese citizen. In April 2014, Howard received the Insignia of Chevalier in France’s Legion of Honor in recognition of his personal commitment to French-American cooperation and friendship, and fostering the French-American partnership in cultural and economic areas. Howard received the Regional Plan Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013 to recognize his management of the procurement process for the replacement of the Tappan Zee Bridge. In 2008, Howard was honored as the Entrepreneur of the Year by Cornell University.

Other honors include recognition by New York Blood Center (NYBC) as the first individual inductee to NYBC’s Hall of Fame in November 2015 and by the United Hospital Fund with the Health Care Leadership Award in October 2015. In addition, Howard was recognized with the Community Builder Award from Phipps Houses, Humanitarian Award from the American Skin Association, JASA Man of the Year Award, Make a Wish Foundation Award, ORT Community Builder Award, Tanenbaum Center Corporate Bridge Builder Award, awards from the Jewish National Fund and B’nai B’rith Youth Services, the Catholic Youth Organization Gold Medal Award, Emerald Isle Immigration Society Robert Briscoe Award, Federal Law Enforcement Foundation Humanitarian Award, and Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award. In March 2012, Howard was sworn in as an honorary FDNY Battalion Chief, in recognition of his significant support for the Fire Department and the people of New York.

A graduate of Cornell University, Howard earned a B.A. in Economics summa cum laude (1973). At Harvard University, he earned both his Law and Business degrees in the JD/MBA Program (1977). He was admitted to the New York State Bar, and is a member of the Federal Bar Council and the American, New York State and New York City Bar Associations.

Howard is the elder son of Irma Milstein and the legendary businessman and philanthropist Paul Milstein. Howard is married to Abby Sniderman Milstein and they have a son, Michael.


This video pays tribute to Abby and Howard Milstein and their philanthropic activities. The Milsteins participate financially, intellectually and emotionally in building the institutions to which they commit themselves.