Peterson Business Award Dinner

Ray Dalio to be honored at the 2024 Peterson Business Award Dinner

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On April 4, 2024, Raymond T. Dalio, Founder, CIO Mentor, and Member of the Bridgewater Board, Bridgewater Associates, LP, will be honored as the fourteenth recipient of Greenwich Library’s Peterson Business Award. A global macro investor for more than 50 years, Mr. Dalio founded Bridgewater Associates out of his two-bedroom apartment in NYC and ran it for most of its 47 years, building it into the largest hedge fund in the world. Today he remains an investor and mentor at Bridgewater and serves on its board. He is also the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Principles: Life and Work, Principles for Dealing with the Changing World Order, and Principles for Navigating Big Debt Crises. The Honorable Ned Lamont, Governor of Connecticut, will present this prestigious award to Mr. Dalio at the Peterson Business Award Dinner which will be held at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich. The evening will include a conversation with Mr. Dalio hosted by CNBC’s Leslie Picker.

As the Library’s only major fundraiser, the dinner is vital to maintaining the quality and availability of offerings such as childhood literacy sessions, musical concerts, job search tools, technology training courses, and many other essential services provided free of charge to the community.

The Award was established in 1997 by the Library and the Peterson Foundation to “recognize and honor an individual whose innovative thinking, leadership, and sustained record of achievement has had a profound impact on the national and global economy, and whose words and deeds have demonstrated a commitment to intellectual freedom and open access to information.”

The Peterson Business Award is named in honor of Clementine Lockwood Peterson, whose 1992 bequest of $25 million made possible a new 32,000 square-foot wing at the Greenwich Library. Designed by renowned architect Cesar Pelli, this wing contains expanded business and music collections. Mrs. Peterson’s gift was made in memory of her son, Jonathan, and her husband, J. Whitney Peterson. The Peterson Business Award was conceived in order to celebrate Mrs. Peterson’s extraordinary generosity and to recognize outstanding business leadership.

For more information, contact Jeanne Ronan at (203) 622-7989 or send an e-mail.

Past Honorees & Presenters


  • Chuck Royce, Chairman and Portfolio Manager at Royce & Associates, LP
    Presented by the Honorable Gina M. Raimondo, U.S. Secretary of Commerce


  • Cliff Asness, Managing Principal and Chief Investment Officer, AQR Capital Management
    Presented by Jonathan Beinner


  • Lawrence R. Ricciardi, Senior Advisor, Jones Day, Lazard Frères & Co., and IBM
    Presented by Richard H. Brodhead


  • Barry S. Sternlicht, Starwood Capital Group
    Presented by Alan D. Schwartz


  • Robert B. Goergen, Blyth, Inc.
    Presented by Dr. Judith Rodin


  • Robert K. Steel, NYC Deputy Mayor for Economic Development
    Presented by Walter Isaacson


  • Peter T. Grauer, Bloomberg L.P.
    Presented by William B. Harrison, Jr.


  • Indra K. Nooyi, PepsiCo
    Presented by Richard C. Levin


  • Thomas J. Neff, Spencer Stuart, U.S.
    Presented by Jeffrey R. Immelt


  • Dr. Henry A. McKinnell, Jr., Pfizer Inc.
    Presented by Ellen V. Futter


  • William B. Harrison, Jr., J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.
    Presented by Lynne V. Cheney


  • Sanford I. Weill, Citigroup
    Presented by Robert E. Rubin


  • Louis V. Gerstner, Jr., I.B.M. Corporation
    Presented by The Honorable Gerald R. Ford