Wall Street 50 - 2009

Denis Kelleher

Denis Kelleher/Wall Street Access

Denis Kelleher is founder and chief executive officer of Wall Street Access. Since 1981, Wall Street Access has combined an independent, entrepreneurial culture with a powerful platform to build and operate a diverse set of successful financial services businesses.

Denis began his career in 1958 as a messenger with Merrill Lynch, where through dynamic financial talent, he rose dramatically through the company ranks until 1969 when he founded Ruane Cunniff and its Sequoia Fund.  In 1981, he founded Wall Street Access.

Denis, a native of County Kerry, is a graduate of St. John’s University, where he served as chairman of the board for the last eight years. He is director of The New Ireland Fund and member of the Staten Island Foundation, and was proud to be recognized with the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 1995. In 2005, Denis was Grand Marshal of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City. He is married with three children and seven grandchildren.