Arthur L. Carter

Arthur L. Carter (born December 24, 1931) is an American investment banker, publisher, and artist.

Arthur L. Carter
BornNovember 24, 1931 (age 87)
EducationBrown University
Known forInvestment banker, publisher, and artist
Dixie Carter
(m. 1967; div. 1977)


Born to a Jewish family,[1] Carter graduated from Brown University in 1953[2] with a degree in French literature.[3][4]

He worked for Lehman Brothers for a period of time, but after taking a break to study at Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business, he started Carter, Berlind, & Weill in 1960, which eventually grew into Shearson Loeb Rhoades, later merging with Lehman to form Shearson Lehman Brothers.[3]

After ten years, he sold his stake in Carter Berlind and tried his hand at several other businesses. Eventually, deciding that he wanted to run a newspaper, he started the Litchfield County Times,[5] when no existing paper met his criteria.[3] In December 1985, he was able to buy a controlling stake in The Nation.[3] In 1987, he founded the weekly paper The New York Observer, which covered New York culture and politics.[6] In 1995, he sold The Nation,[7] in 2001, he sold the Litchfield County Times,[8] and he sold The Observer in 2006.[9]

In 2008, New York University renamed its journalism department the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. Carter had previously taught at NYU as an adjunct professor of philosophy and journalism.[10]

Personal life

He has three children Jon Carter, Whendy Carter and Ellen Carter from his first marriage to Linda Schweitzer. In 1967, he married actress Dixie Carter, and they eventually had two daughters, Ginna and Mary Dixie. They divorced ten years later.[11] He has twelve grandchildren.

He is also an accomplished artist: his paintings and sculptures have been exhibited in Tennessee, Rhode Island,[2] and Paris, among other places.


  1. ^ New York Post: "Carter Vs. Carter – Media Elite Brawl Fueled by Scandal, Bitterness" by Keith J. Kelly May 23, 2004
  2. ^ a b "Arthur Carter's Untitled installed on Front Green for three years". Today at Brown. Brown University. August 25, 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d Kleinfeld, N. R. (September 27, 1987). "INVESTMENT BANKER TURNED PUBLISHER: ARTHUR CARTER; A Quest to Do Something 'Important'". New York Times.
  4. ^ Dans Papers Hamptons: "Who’s Here: Arthur Carter, Publisher, Sculptor, Banker" August 2, 2015
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  6. ^ Jones, Alex (September 24, 1987). "A Weekly for Manhattan Makes Its Debut". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-09-08.
  7. ^ Barringer, Felicity (March 4, 2002). "Is The Observer for Sale? Always, At a Dollar Apiece, Its Owner Says". New York Times.
  8. ^ Worth, Robert (October 26, 2001). "Owner of Observer Sells Litchfield County Times". New York Times.
  9. ^ Bhayani, Paras (August 4, 2006). "Kushner Buys NY Observer". Harvard Crimson.
  10. ^ "NYU Journalism Department Becomes the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute". New York University. Retrieved 2010-09-08.
  11. ^ Gates, Anita (April 11, 2010). "Dixie Carter, TV Actress, Dies at 70". New York Times.

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