Richard Friedman is head of the Merchant Banking Division at Goldman Sachs and sits on its Management Committee. He joined Goldman Sachs in 1981, was made a partner in 1990, and currently chairs Goldman Sachs’ Investment Committee and its Real Estate Principal Investment Committee.
Friedman earned his Bachelor of Arts at Brown in 1979 and continued his studies at the University of Chicago, where he earned his M.B.A. in 1981. He was elected to the Brown Corporation Board of Fellows in 2013 following a term on the Board of Trustees. In 2017, Friedman and his wife Susan, a 1977 Brown graduate, gave the University funds to renovate Wilson Hall which will be renamed Friedman Hall in fall 2018. In 2005 the couple gave the University funds to develop a 24-hour study center — a frequently expressed student priority — in the lower three floors of the Sciences Library.
Beyond Brown, Friedman serves on the Board of Trustees of Mount Sinai Hospital, and the Richard A. and Susan P. Friedman Family Foundation provides funding primarily for education, hospitals, health associations, and interests of the Jewish community.