There are many things to love about Robert Hammond: he saved the High Line, he likes art, he's a snappy dresser! Now we find out he's rich too. We also know he's gay and single. Robert, will you marry us?
Age: Today is his 40th birthday. Congrats!
Residence: West Village.
Childhood: Raised in San Antonio, Texas.
Education: B.A. in history from Princeton.
Occupation: Co-founder and executive director of Friends of the High Line, the group that saved the abandoned railroad trestle in west Chelsea and turned it into the hippest public park in the city. It opened in June. Hammond started the group with business partner Joshua David (pictured with Hammond above) in 1999 when the two meet at a community board meeting when they both showed up to protest the landmark's demolition. Before his work with the park, he consulted with start-ups to help them raise money and design websites.
Compensation: He has made $1.2 million over the past decade working on the High Line. He currently pulls in $250,000 a year.
- Ed Norton
- Diane von Furstenberg
- Barry Diller
- Kevin Bacon
- Kyra Sedgewick
Interests: Hammond is a painter who had shows in 2006 and 2008 (pictured here). He is not interested in the spotlight. Even personal profiles of Hammond tend to loop back to his work with the conservancy.