Roger Hertog (born 1940 or 1941) is an American businessman, financier and conservative philanthropist. Born and raised in the Bronx borough of New York City, New York, Hertog pursued a career in business, eventually becoming chairman and CEO of Sanford Bernstein.
Hertog has been associated with various conservative and neoconservative think tanks and publications. He is a chairman emeritus of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research and board member of the American Enterprise Institute and the Club for Growth. He also helped found the Shalem Center in Israel. He was a part-owner of now-defunct The New York Sun, was a part-owner of The New Republic, and is a board member of Commentary. Inspired by John Lewis Gaddis and Paul Kennedy's Grand Strategy Program at Yale University, Hertog funded similar programs at Duke University, William E. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY and elsewhere.
Hertog has also funded the Hertog Global Strategy Initiative, a research program Columbia University that uses historical analysis to confront problems in world politics. Participants include high-ranking government officials, scholars, and graduate students.
Outside politics Hertog has been a supporter of arts and culture in New York City and has held various responsibilities in the New-York Historical Society, the New York Public Library, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the New York Philharmonic. He is credited with helping spur modernization at the historical society, joining the board in 2003 and particularly starting about 2006. Other board members involved in the latter effort and in helping fund an Alexander Hamilton exhibit at N-YHS in 2004 included Lewis E. Lehrman and Richard Gilder.
On November 15, 2007, Hertog was awarded a National Humanities Medal in a White House ceremony with U.S. President George W. Bush. The citation accompanying the award praised Hertog for "enlightened philanthropy on behalf of the humanities. His wisdom and generosity have rejuvenated institutions that are keepers of American memory." He won the William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership in 2010.
In 2012, as well as chairing the N-YHS board, he "spends his days as president of the Hertog Foundation, a nonprofit charitable organization, and as chairman of the Tikvah Fund, which promotes Jewish thought and ideas" The latter fund was established by Zalman (Sanford) Bernstein.
Roger and Susan Hertog have three grown children. Susan Hertog earned a degree from Columbia University's School of the Arts in 1993. The couple funded a mentoring program at the school starting in 1995.
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