Old Westbury is an extremely affluent village in Nassau County, in the U.S. state of New York, on the North Shore of Long Island. As of the 2010 United States Census, the village population was 4,671. The Incorporated Village of Old Westbury is located in both the Town of Oyster Bay and the Town of North Hempstead.
Old Westbury is one of the richest villages in the country as well as the second richest zip code in the New York State, topped only by
Harrison in Westchester County. In 2007,  Business Week dubbed Old Westbury as New York's most expensive suburb.  Old Westbury Gardens has been recognized as one of the three best public gardens in the world by Four Seasons Hotels magazine. The Long Island campus of the  New York Institute of Technology is a life sciences and cybersecurity research insitution located in Old Westbury.
Old Westbury is located at
(40.782038, -73.597236). 40°46?55?N 73°35?50?W / 40.78194°N 73.59722°W 
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 8.6 square miles (22 km 2), all of it land.
As of the
census of 2000, there were 4,228 people, 1,063 households, and 967 families residing in the village. The  population density was 493.9 people per square mile (190.7/km²). There were 1,109 housing units at an average density of 129.5 per square mile (50.0/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 73.19% White, 4.24% African American, 0.02% Native American, 7.52% Asian, 3.67% from other races, and 2.37% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 17.14% of the population.
There were 1,063 households out of which 43.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 82.2% were married couples living together, 5.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 9.0% were non-families. Of all households 5.6% were made up of individuals and 2.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.33 and the average family size was 3.37.
In the village, the age distribution of the population shows 22.7% under the age of 18, 20.2% from 18 to 24, 19.9% from 25 to 44, 25.7% from 45 to 64, and 11.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 86.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.6 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $163,046, and the median income in the village was $184,298 for a family. The median earnings of the 899 households (89.6% of total households) in the village that took in earnings supplemental to income was $230,721. Males had a median income of $100,000+ versus $45,200 for females. The
per capita income for the village was $72,932. About 1.1% of families and 3.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.5% of those under age 18 and 3.3% of those age 65 or over.
Bloomberg/Businessweek, as of 2011, Old Westbury is the second "richest" town in the United States, trailing behind only Palm Beach, Florida. The magazine previously dubbed the town "New York's wealthiest suburb."  
Based on a study done by
Bloomberg in 2015, the average household income in the village is greater than $640,000. 
Forbes, having done a study of "America's Millionaire Capitals", found that the average net worth of Old Westbury households was $19.6 million. The controlled study included only households with incomes greater than $200,000, which excluded only residents that are living in college dormitories and the staff of homeowners.
The village is famous for being the seat of many of New York's (and America's) wealthiest families, including the
Phippses, Vanderbilts, Whitneys, Webbs, Du Ponts, Winthrops, Mortimers, Belmonts and Huttons. While many of these older families--the founding members of the social elite and those that emerged during the gilded age--still count members as Old Westbury residents, the village has also maintained a substantial set of industrialists, businessmen, collectors, athletes and entertainers. 
The Old Westbury Fund is a hedge fund that is named after the town.
asked billionaire investor Forbes Steven Schonfeld what the "wisest investment" he ever made was, his answer was "Old Westbury land". 
Westbury was founded by Edmond Titus,
 and was later joined by Henry Willis. Willis, one of the first English settlers, named the area after  a town in his home county of Wiltshire, England. Westbury had been a Quaker community of isolated farms until the railroad came in 1836. After the Civil War, the New York elite discovered that the rich, well wooded flat countryside of the Hempstead Plains was a place to raise horses, and to hunt foxes and play polo at the Meadow Brook Polo Club. The Village of Old Westbury was incorporated in 1924, separating itself from Westbury, the adjacent area that housed many of the families of the construction and building staffs for the Old Westbury mansions. 
Westbury House was the residence of Henry Phipps' eldest son,
John Shaffer Phipps. Today, the property is operated as Old Westbury Gardens. Robert Low Bacon built 'Old Acres' in the style of an Italian villa. Other landowners were Thomas Hitchcock and his family, Harry Payne Whitney and his wife the former Gertrude Vanderbilt, founder of New York's Whitney Museum, at Apple Green (formerly a Mott house), Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, whose estate is now subdivided into the Old Westbury Country Club and New York Institute of Technology. The architect Thomas Hastings built a modest house for himself, 'Bagatelle', in 1908. A. Conger Goodyear, then president of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City had a house built in 1938 by famed architect Edward Durell Stone, who also destined the building for Conger's museum. In 2003, the A. Conger Goodyear House was added to the National Register of Historic Places to protect the structure from being demolished to subdivide the expensive land surrounding it. The estate of Robert Winthrop, an investment banker and member of the Dudley-Winthrop family, for whom  Winthrop-University Hospital was named, has been similarly preserved. Part of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney's estate and her sculpture studio has been preserved and maintained by one of her grandchildren, Pamela Tower LeBoutillier.
Robert Moses was planning the Northern State Parkway, the powers of Old Westbury forced him to re-site it five miles (8 km) to the south. Once the parkway was completed, many residents found it to not be the eyesore they had been anticipating and regretted making their commutes more inconvenient than necessary. In the 1950s, the state purchased land from Charles E. Wilson, a former president of General Motors who needed to sell off his Old Westbury estate to pull himself out of financial crisis and relocate to the nation's capital to serve in President Dwight D. Eisenhower's cabinet. The land, which runs along an edge of the village, was used for the Long Island Expressway.
Residents are zoned to schools in one of three school districts. They are
East Williston Union Free School District, Jericho Union Free School District, and Westbury Public School District.
Colleges and universities
Jean Aberbach, art collector, founder of Hill & Range music publishers that controlled much of the Elvis Presley catalog
Carol Alt, supermodel, television personality
Frank X. Altimari, judge
Artful, champion thoroughbred horse
Ashanti, musician 
Jerome Ash, owner of Sam Ash Music stores
Doe Avedon, fashion model and actress, wife of Richard Avedon, the inspiration for Audrey Hepburn's character in (Avedon was legally adopted by the wealthy employer of her biological father who served as a butler until his death) Funny Face 
Robert Low Bacon, banker and congressman
Florence Bellows Baker, philanthropist and horticulturist
Charles T. Barney, president of Wells Fargo & Company, president of the Knickerbocker Trust Company
Alva Belmont, socialite, woman's suffragist
Oliver Belmont, son of August Belmont
Harvey R. Blau, former mayor and deputy mayor; chairman and former CEO of Griffon Corporation
Vira Boarman Whitehouse, woman suffragist, birth control proponent
Bold Reason, champion thoroughbred horse
Albert C. Bostwick, Jr., steeplechase jockey, Thoroughbred racehorse owner/breeder/trainer, heir to the Standard Oil Trust
Dunbar Bostwick, horseman, pilot, sportsman, heir to the Standard Oil Trust
George Herbert Bostwick, US Tennis player, jockey, trainer
Pete Bostwick, Standard Oil heir, tennis champion
Buckpasser. champion thoroughbred horse
Carl Andrew Capasso, NYC contractor involved in bribery and tax evasion scandal
Arielle Charnas, fashion designer and blogger
Michael Cimino, film writer and director
F. Ambrose Clark, equestrian, heir to Singer Sewing Machine Co.
Eliot Cross, architect and owner of Cross and Cross
Marguerite Sawyer Hill Davis, socialite and one of the wealthiest women of her time
Herman Duryea, thoroughbred race horse owner and breeder
Herman Edwards, Kansas City Chiefs coach Robert Entenmann,
Entenmann's heir, thoroughbred horse owner
William Entenmann, founder of Entenmann's bakery products
Leonard Feinstein, founder and chairman of Bed Bath & Beyond
Hervé Filion, harness racing driver
Floyd H. Flake, member of U.S. House of Representatives Max
Fortunoff, founder/owner of Fortunoff department stores 
Bethenny Frankel, SkinnyGirl cocktail founder, television personality ( Real Housewives of New York City, Bethenny Ever After), author of multiple titles making The New York Times Best Seller list 
Robert L. Gerry, Jr., polo champion, real estate investor
Erica Gimbel, socialite, reality television star on Princesses: Long Island
Anson Goodyear, philanthropist, chairman of Gaylord Container Corporation, director of Paramount Pictures, director of the Gulf, Mobile and Ohio Railroad, first president of the Museum of Modern Art
Victoria Gotti, daughter of John Gotti, reality television star, author
Michael P. Grace, chairman of W. R. Grace and Company (NYC) and Grace Brothers & Co. Ltd. (London, England)
C. Z. Guest, socialite, Truman Capote swan, celebrity gardener, author 
Cornelia Guest, socialite, crowned "Deb of the Decade" by Andy Warhol (1980s), author 
Frederick Guest, polo player, philanthropist, British politician and peer
Winston Frederick Churchill Guest, Anglo-American polo champion, Phipps family heir
Marie Norton Harriman, First Lady of New York, wife of W. Averell Harriman, art collector
Thomas Hastings, architect, partner of Carrère and Hastings
Leila Hadley, socialite, author
Charles Kelman, eye surgeon, medical pioneer
Gustave Maurice Heckscher, pioneer seaplane aviator
Frederick Hicks, congressman, diplomat
James N. Hill, Great Northern Railway heir, son of "the empire builder" James J. Hill and Margaret Sawyer Hill
Thomas Hitchcock, polo champion
Adam C. Hochfelder, real estate magnate
Edward Francis Hutton, financier and co-founder of E. F. Hutton & Co.
Matthew Ianniello, Genovese crime family acting boss.
Reza Jarrahy, plastic surgeon, current husband of actress Geena Davis
Peter S. Kalikow, real estate magnate, car collector, former Forbes 400 member, New York Post owner, Metropolitan Transportation Authority chairman and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey commissioner
Foxhall Keene, champion automobile racer, polo player, thoroughbred breeder, purported original namesake for " Chicken à la King"
Ed Kranepool, New York Mets first baseman
Nicole Krauss, author, wife of Jonathan Safran Foer
James Lanier, entrepreneur, banker, founder of Winslow, Lanier & Co., owner of Lanier Mansion
John LeBoutillier, U.S. congressman
Jack Liebowitz, original co-owner of DC Comics 
William Goadby Loew, financer and stockbroker
James Brown Lord, architect
Charles B. Macdonald, builder of first U.S. 18-hole golf course and several other influential courses, founder of United States Golf Association
Peter Madoff, brother of Bernie Madoff 
Jack Martins, NYS Senator, former mayor of Mineola
Marvin Middlemark, inventor of/patent-holder for the "rabbit ears" television antenna
Devereux Milburn, champion polo player, attorney at Carter Ledyard & Milburn, son of John G. Milburn
E.D. Morgan III, Morgan family heir, Pioneer Fund director, grandson/namesake of the NY governor and U.S. Senator
Bess Myerson, Miss America (1945)
Nas, rapper 
John Parisella, successful horse trainer
Darragh Park, artist, executor of the James Schuyler estate
Angel Penna, Sr., thoroughbred horse trainer
Murray Pergament, founder of Pergament Home Centers
Henry Phipps, Jr., Carnegie Steel Company partner, philanthropist
Henry Carnegie Phipps, Carnegie Steel Company heir, Phipps family heir, sportsman, Wheatley Stable owner
Hubert Beaumont Phipps, Phipps family and Grace family heir, publisher, thoroughbred breeder
John Shaffer Phipps, director of U.S. Steel and W. R. Grace & Co.
Lillian Bostwick Phipps, socialite, thoroughbred horse stable owner
Michael Grace Phipps, polo champion, Phipps family and Grace family heir, board member of Bessemer Trust and W.R. Grace & Co.
Ogden Phipps, Carnegie Steel heir, tennis champion, philanthropist
Leonard Pines, owner of Hebrew National
Fred Plum, neurosurgeon who developed the term " persistent vegetative state" and treated President Nixon 
Lilly Pulitzer, designer, socialite
Aby Rosen, art collector and real estate mogul with holdings including the  Seagram Building, Lever House, W South Beach, Gramercy Park Hotel, Paramount Hotel, and Planet Hollywood Miracle Mile Shops
Ely Sakhai, notorious gallery owner and art forger
Harvey Sanders, Nautica CEO, chairman of the board and president, Under Armour director  Steven Schonfeld, American
billionaire, ranked 371 on Forbes 400 
Eleanor Searle, philanthropist, singer
John Shalam, founder and CEO of Audiovox
Igor Sikorsky, airplane developer and first major producer of helicopters
David Simon, CEO of Simon Property Group
Howard Stern, entertainer
Beatrice Straight, member of Whitney family, Academy Award-winning actress
Willard Dickerman Straight, banker, diplomat, co-founder of magazine The New Republic
Harold E. Talbott, early aviator, president of Dayton-Wright Airplane Company, third United States Secretary of the Air Force.
Seabury Tredwell, future owner of what is now the Merchant's House Museum in Manhattan
Barry Van Gerbig, socialite, son-in-law of Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., NHL owner
Consuelo Vanderbilt, Vanderbilt family heiress, wife of, firstly, Charles Spencer-Churchill, 9th Duke of Marlborough and, secondly, record-breaking pilot Jacques Balsan
Gloria Vanderbilt, Vanderbilt family heiress, clothing and perfume designer
Harold Stirling Vanderbilt, Vanderbilt family heir, prominent railroad industrialist, philanthropist and yachtsman
William Kissam Vanderbilt II, Vanderbilt family heir, prominent motor racer and yachtsman
Francis Skiddy von Stade, Sr., polo champion, Saratoga Race Course president
Ira Waldbaum, built up the Waldbaum's supermarket chain from a six store operation into one of the largest in the Northeast
George Herbert Walker, banker and businessman, namesake and grandfather of U.S. president George H. W. Bush, namesake and great-grandfather of U.S. President George W. Bush
Jimmy Walker, flamboyant New York City Mayor, part of the powerful Tammany Hall machine 
Electra Havemeyer Webb, collector, philanthropist, founder of the Shelburne Museum
James Watson Webb, owner of newspaper, politician New York Courier and Enquirer
J. Watson Webb, Jr., film editor, heir to both the Havemeyer and Vanderbilt families
William Collins Whitney, founder of the Whitney family, financier, U.S. Cabinet member, thoroughbred stable owner
Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, Vanderbilt family and Whitney family heir, financier, philanthropist
Dorothy Payne Whitney, Whitney family heiress, co-founder of The New Republic magazine and the Dartington School
Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, Vanderbilt family heiress, founder of the Whitney Museum of American Art
Harry Payne Whitney, member of Whitney family, thoroughbred horse breeder
Marylou Whitney, socialite, philanthropist, thoroughbred stable owner
Isaac Underhill Willets, prominent Quaker landowner
Charles E. Wilson, president of General Motors, U.S. Cabinet member
Robert Winthrop, member of the Dudley-Winthrop family, banker, philanthropist, namesake of Winthrop University hospital
Steve Witkoff, Witkoff Group founder, owner of the Woolworth Building
Louis Wolfson, financier, thoroughbred horse owner
Raphael Yakoby, creator of Hpnotiq Alexei Yashin, professional hockey player, New York Islanders
(2013), starring Admission Tina Fey and Paul Rudd is filming at HorseAbility at SUNY Old Westbury  
(1993), starring The Age of Innocence Daniel Day-Lewis: the scenes depicting May Welland ( Winona Ryder)'s Floridian mansion were actually shot in Old Westbury
(2007), starring American Gangster Denzel Washington: Dominic Cattano's house
(1981): the mansion that Arthur ( Arthur Dudley Moore) lives in
(1996): The Associate Whoopi Goldberg's character Ayers attends an Old Westbury house party dressed as Cutty (a man) for the first time
(2008): the Phipps' estate used for the Bernard and Doris Doris Duke (played by Susan Sarandon) mansion in Newport, Rhode Island
(2013): Old Westbury estate used in this Blue Jasmine Woody Allen film 
(2012), starring The Bourne Legacy Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton: residences on the village's famous tree-lined street were shot for the film 
(2006): filmed in an Old Westbury home and backyard Captain Valedor
(1999): the home of Kathryn ( Cruel Intentions Sarah Michelle Gellar) and Sebastian's ( Ryan Phillippe's) Aunt Helen on Long Island, where Annette ( Reese Witherspoon) is living
(2001) by The Curse of the Jade Scorpion Woody Allen: scenes shot at Old Westbury gardens and mansion
(2012), starring Dark Horse Jordan Gelber, Selma Blair, Christopher Walken and Mia Farrow: Old Westbury homes were shot to serve as Abe's (Gelber's) home and the "fantasy" home 
(1960), starring From the Terrace Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward
(2005), starring Hitch Will Smith and Eva Mendes: Allegra Cole's
(1980) by Just Tell Me What You Want Sidney Lumet
(1970), starring Love Story Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal: the home of Oliver's wealthy father
(1983), starring Lovesick Dudley Moore, Elizabeth McGovern, and Alec Guinness
(2004): the Phipps' estate used for the home of Eleanor Shaw (played by The Manchurian Candidate Meryl Streep)
(1959) by North by Northwest Alfred Hitchcock: Townsend's home, where Roger Thornhill ( Cary Grant) is taken after being kidnapped
(1990), starring Reversal of Fortune Glenn Close and Jeremy Irons: the Knole estate used for interiors of the Sunny von Bülow mansion
(1968), starring The Swimmer Burt Lancaster
(1995), starring To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar Wesley Snipes and Patrick Swayze: film's final scene (1994): the country home of Laura ( Wolf Michelle Pfeiffer) where Jack Nicholson's character first becomes a wolf, which appears on the DVD cover
: The forthcoming second season of the Alpha House Amazon series starring John Goodman had scenes filmed in an Old Westbury estate 
: Season two's nineteenth episode, "The Grandfather", originally airing March 23, 2009, featured an Old Westbury estate as the "van der Bilt" mansion Gossip Girl
: 1984 primetime drama starring Paper Dolls Morgan Fairchild, Nicollette Sheridan, Lauren Hutton and Mimi Rogers
: Season one's seventeenth episode, "Baby Blue", originally airing March 8, 2012, included Moretti's car crash and other road scenes filmed in Old Westbury. The series returned to Old Westbury for the fifth season's sixth episode, "A More Perfect Union", originally airing May 23, 2016, which included horse-riding scenes at the Dudley-Winthrop family estate and a wedding at the Person of Interest Alexander de Seversky mansion.
: Season one's third episode, "Strategic Planning", originally airing June 18, 2009, features the Phipps estate as the home of a wealthy senator and used the lawn as a Royal Pains University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish practice field : Season five's finale episode, "I Love a Charade", originally airing September 8, 2002, featured an Old Westbury home in place of an estate in the Hamptons Sex and the City
: America's Castles A&E Network documentary series on gilded age homes featured Peggy Phipps Boegner touring one of the Phipps family's estates on the episode airing August 8, 1995, entitled "The Gold Coast".
: Growing Up Gotti A&E Network reality series about life in Victoria Gotti's Old Westbury home in 2004 and 2005
: Princesses: Long Island Bravo reality series, which features Old Westbury resident Erica Gimbel as one of the six original cast members
: upcoming Secrets and Wives Bravo reality series, that features the lives of women living in Old Westbury and surrounding towns, including residents Cori Goldfarb  and Liza Sandler,  who was infamously caught cheating on her then husband with  Donny Deutsch   : In season five's first episode, "A Prince Looks for a Property...", originally airing January 19, 2012, Selling New York Prince Lorenzo Borghese views an Old Westbury estate, along with two other North Shore properties, but ultimately does not purchase any of the properties because he found that they each were too large
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