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Alan Greenberg

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Alan Greenberg
BornAlan Courtney Greenberg
September 3, 1927
Wichita, Kansas
DiedJuly 25, 2014 (age 86)
Manhattan, New York

Alan C. "Ace" Greenberg (1927-2014) is a former Chairman of the Executive Committee of The Bear Stearns Companies Inc. and supporter of magic.


He began work at Bear Stearns in 1949 as a clerk. He served as Chairman of the Board of Bear Stearns from 1985 to 2001, and as its CEO from 1978 to 1993. Greenberg serves also as a director of Bear Stearns and a non-executive director of Viacom.

He is the author of Memos from the Chairman, which is a compilation of humorous but meaningful memos he issued to the associates of Bear Stearns during his tenure as CEO. On April 24, 2008, it was reported in Fortune that Greenberg agreed to join JPMorgan Chase & Co. as vice chairman of Bear’s retail business.

Greenberg is an avid bridge player, having won the Reisinger Board-a-Match Teams in 1977.

Greenberg is also a member of the Society of American Magicians and financed the publications of books by Richard Kaufman as Kaufman and Greenberg.

Around 1998, Greenberg and Kaufman dissolved their agreement (books published by Kaufman were then done under Kaufman and Company).

Greenberg's "Thumbtip Tip" appeared in Genii 2001 September.


  • Jack Miller's Hold-out Miracles


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