Board of Directors

Henry Cornell


Henry Cornell is the Founder and Senior Partner of Cornell Capital, where he is personally involved in the sourcing, evaluation, execution and ownership of each investment. Prior to founding Cornell Capital, Mr. Cornell was the Vice Chairman of the Merchant Banking Division of Goldman Sachs.

Mr. Cornell has over 30 years of experience across all aspects of private equity investing in a broad array of industries. He began his career as an attorney with Davis Polk & Wardwell before joining Goldman Sachs in 1984 in the Investment Banking Division. He moved to Tokyo in 1988 to head the Goldman Sachs’s real estate efforts in Asia. In 1992, he moved to Hong Kong to found Goldman Sachs’ principal investment business in Asia. Under his leadership, Goldman Sachs made numerous landmark investments in Asia, including in Ping An Insurance Company of China, Sanyo Corporation, Hana Bank and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC). He returned to New York in 2000, where he played a key role in the success of the Goldman Sachs Capital Partners funds GSCP 2000, GSCP V and GSCP VI as a leader in the division, member of the global investment committee and active investor. Mr. Cornell was active across the US and Asia, and his notable investments include Allied World, Barrett Energy, Kinder Morgan, USI, MRC Global and Cobalt.

Mr. Cornell is a member of the Board of Trustees of Mt. Sinai, the Whitney Museum, The Asia Society and the Navy SEAL Foundation and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Mr. Cornell received his B.A. from Grinnell College in 1976 and his J.D. from New York Law School in 1981.