Mr. Maurice R. Greenberg is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Starr Insurance Companies. Mr. Greenberg retired as Chairman and CEO of American International Group (AIG) in March 2005. He formed AIG as a Starr subsidiary and served as its chairman and CEO until March 2005. Under his nearly 40 years of leadership, AIG grew from an initial market value of $300 million to $180 billion, becoming the largest insurance company in the world.
He serves on the President’s Council on International Activities of Yale University, as Honorary Vice Chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations, as Vice Chairman of the National Committee on United States-China Relations, and as a member of the Board of the US-China Business Council. He is the past Chairman and Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and is active on the boards of many other civic and charitable organizations around the world.
Mr. Greenberg has been especially active and committed to development in Asia, having taken his first trip to China in 1975. In 1990, he was appointed as Shanghai’s first Chairman of the International Business Leaders’ Advisory Council by Mr. Zhu Rongii, then mayor. In 1994, Greenberg was appointed senior economic advisor to the Beijing Municipal Government. He was awarded “Honorary Citizen of Shanghai” in 1997. Greenberg was presented with the Friendship Medal for Contribution to China’s Reform by President Xi Jinping in 2018 - one of only two Americans among 10 foreign leaders to receive the award. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management, a member of the International Advisory Council of the China Development Research Foundation and China Development Bank, and numerous other distinguished boards and academies.
A decorated United States Veteran, Mr. Greenberg served in both World War II and the Korean Conflict, rising to the rank of Captain and serving as a company commander, and was awarded the Bronze Star. Mr. Greenberg was awarded the French Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur for his service on D-Day on Omaha Beach in World War II. Later, his award was raised to that of Commandeur, recognizing his leadership and contributions as Chairman of AIG, and in 2022, French President Emmanuel Macron named him Grand Officer of the Ordre Nationale de la Legion d’Honneur.
Mr. Greenberg is also the Chairman of The Starr Foundation, a philanthropic organization initially funded by Cornelius Vander Starr’s estate. Under his leadership, the Starr Foundation has grown to become one of the largest private foundations in the United States. The Foundation has made more than $3.8 billion in grants worldwide to many academic, medical, cultural and public policy organizations around the world.
Mr. Greenberg received his pre-law certificate from the University of Miami and an LL.B from New York Law School. He has been granted honorary degrees from a number of institutions, including New York Law School, Brown University, Middlebury College, and The Rockefeller University.
Mr. Greenberg is married and has four children.