Matt Rich (born in Riverside, California on October 13, 1954) is an American public relations executive known for working with luminaries including Donald Trump, Halston, Randolph Duke, Patty Hearst, Judy Collins, Dottie Frank, Jackie Onassis, Victoria Gotti and the Gotti family.
After graduating from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 1977, Rich moved to New York City and became a protégée of designer Roy Halston Frowick, better known simply as Halston. They fell in with the fashion crowd of the time: Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Liza Minnelli, and Calvin Klein, and Rich took a job as an assistant publicist for Studio 54.
A 1995 New York Magazine article described the scene at Studio 54, quoting Rich: "One night, P.R. agent Matthew Rich watched a model spy a rolled-up $100 bill between some cushions on a sofa in Studio's celebrities-only basement. 'She unrolled, snorted it, licked it, and then threw it on the ground, having gotten what she wanted.' Rich says."
Rich worked with author Dottie Frank and was mentioned by name in the dedications of her best-selling novels Plantation and Isle of Palms.
Rich was Jackie Onassis' press agent for her last public appearance at Grand Central station for the hundredth anniversary of the Municipal Art Society. Onassis said of his ability to get reporters out of her way: "Matthew, you commanded those press just like a field marshal!"
In 1989, Rich founded the boutique firm PlanetPR. The New York Post has called him a "p.r. powerhouse."
Today, he includes among his clients Stephen Baldwin and Rachel Hirschfeld. He ceased work as Victoria Gotti’s press agent after she pretended to have breast cancer for publicity's sake, a move he did not endorse. Since 1997, Rich has worked as a consultant for Donald Trump's Miss Universe Organization. He frequently accompanies Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA to red-carpet events.
Rich was included in a 2013 episode of Celebrity Apprentice 6 (Season 13) wherein Baldwin insisted to other competitors: "Call Matt Rich!"