Wall Street 50 – 2014

Richard Connolly/Morgan Stanley

Dick Connolly is a managing director of wealth management at Morgan Stanley. He is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and completed his M.B.A. from Babson College, and holds an honorary doctorate from Thomas Aquinas College.

Dick started at Ford Motor Company’s executive training program, later moving to Merrill Lynch where he was recognized as the company’s “Most Successful Rookie Broker,” then to UBS, and finally joining Morgan Stanley in 2007.

A second-generation Irish American and life-long Bostonian, Dick’s maternal grandmother emigrated from Pontoon, Co. Mayo. “Being Irish means I have a responsibility. I have a responsibility to succeed – because my ancestors did not have the opportunities to do so,” he says.

Along with his wife Anne Marie, Dick devotes ample time to philanthropic and educational initiatives. He sits on a number of boards including the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Children’s Medical Research Foundation in Ireland. He has been awarded the Labour Medal, the National Multiple Sclerosis Business Man of the Year, and was named one of America’s Top 100 Financial Advisors by Barron’s.