George L. Ohrstrom, Jr.

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George Lewis Ohrstrom Jr., 78, (died in 2005). "Mr. Ohrstrom was the long-time chairman of G.L. Ohrstrom & Co. The New York firm, founded by his father, is one of the private equity firms that started and grew three companies, Dover Corp., Carlisle Cos. and Roper Industries Inc., which are listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

"A classmate of former president George H.W. Bush at Greenwich Country Day School in Connecticut, Mr. Ohrstrom was an investor in President George W. Bush's Texas oil business, according to a 1999 article in The Washington Post. Virginia Business magazine, in its annual listing of the richest residents in the Old Dominion, said in 2004 that Mr. Ohrstrom was worth about $200 million.

"In 1974, he sold his New York townhouse to Iraq for use as a residence for its ambassador to the United Nations.

"Perhaps best known in the Washington area as a fox hunter, sportsman and philanthropist, Mr. Ohrstrom was a president of the Orange County Hunt and founder of the Bath County Hounds...

"As a founder of the Piedmont Environmental Council, he was an early supporter of the use of conservation easements to preserve open space. The council was a key opponent of the Walt Disney Co.'s attempt in the early 1990s to build a history theme park in Prince William County...

"After college, he went to work for the State Department in France. He began his business career at Lehman Brothers from 1955 to 1960 and then worked at his father's firm. He became chief executive in 1960. According to his firm's Web site, he sat on the boards of FHP Holdings Inc., Tritex Corp., Leach Holding Corp., Vistan Corp. and Flexi-Mat Corp.

"He was also president of the Ohrstrom Foundation Inc., established by his father in 1955, and was founder of the George L. Ohrstrom Jr. Foundation..." [1]

His wife was Jacqueline Ohrstrom. One of his sons is George F. Ohrstrom. He was formerly married to Sandra W. Houghton.

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  1. George L. Ohrstrom Jr. Dies; Virginia Financier, Sportsman, washingtonpost, accessed October 3, 2011.