Matthew Taylor Mellon, II (January 28, 1964) is the Chairman of the New York Republican Party’s Finance Committee. He was named Finance Chairman by State Chairman Ed Cox in May 2011.
Born in New York City, Mellon was raised in Palm Beach, Florida and Northeast Harbor, Maine. He is a direct descendant of Judge Thomas Mellon, founder of the Mellon Bank, now Bank of New York Mellon corp, on his paternal side. On his maternal side he is a direct decedent of Anthony Joseph Drexel, founder of Drexel-Burnham-Lambert. He maintains associations with Drexel University and Carnegie Mellon University, both of which were founded by family members. Matthew is also involved with the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, the core of whose collection was donated to the nation by his Great Uncle Andrew Mellon.
Mellon has worked as an entrepreneur, founder, private equity investor with a focus on the luxury and Oil space. Amongst the companies with which he has been involved are Jimmy Choo, Harrys of London, Hanley Mellon, Marquis Jets, and Arrival Aviation. In the private equity sector, Matthew has a relationship with a New York-based family office called Essex. He regularly consults for both family offices and business owners in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and North America.
Mellon resides in New York City with his wife Nicole Hanley Mellon and their two children, Olympia Drexel Mellon and Force Hanley Mellon; and daughter Araminta Ann Mellon who he raises jointly with his former wife, Tamara Mellon.