Wall Street 50 – 2016

Thomas F. O’Neill/Kimberlite

Thomas F. O’Neill is the chairman of Kimberlite, a firm for which he also heads the financial institutions banking practice. He is the former chairman of Ranieri Financial Services Group, one of Kimberlite’s predecessor companies.

Born in the Bronx, Thomas graduated from New York University with a B.S. in accounting. He began his Wall Street career with L.F. Rothschild & Co in 1972. Presently, he is a member of the board of directors of Archer Daniels Midland and chairman of its audit committee, as well as a chairman of the finance committee and member of the executive committee of NASDAQ Stock Market, Inc.

Thomas is a second-generation Irish American with family roots in counties Armagh (his father’s side) and Tipperary (his mother’s). He vividly recalls stories of his maternal grandfather’s decision to emigrate after standing up to the English lord whose estate he maintained in New Inn, Co. Tipperary. Thomas still takes pride in what he regards as his grandfather’s “ability to overcome great challenges to be here.”

He and his wife, Carol, have three daughters, Meredith, Melanie, and Heather.