Michael A. Hammer

Michael A Hammer

Michael A. Hammer
Co-Founder and Chairman

Michael A. Hammer is a businessman, entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist. Mr. Hammer is Chairman and CEO of The Armand Hammer Foundation and the Hammer International Foundation.  Mr. Hammer is Chairman and President of 8-31 Holdings, Inc. and owner of Hammer Galleries in New York City.  He serves as a member of The Board at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. He is a member of the Investment Committee for Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma and also serves as a member of the Board of Reference for ORU. He also is a member of The Board of Directors of the Dream Center in Los Angeles, the Board of STOP CANCER and The Board of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

He is a founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Mr. Hammer is a former Director of The Armand Hammer United World College of the American West in Montezuma, New Mexico. The university, a principle charity of England’s Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, provides cost-free scholarships for students from around the world, training them to be heads of state, ambassadors and workers for peace in their respective countries.  Mr.  Hammer is a founder of Grace Christian Academy, a non-denominational Christian Elementary School in the Cayman Islands and he is a Founder and Director of Christian Communications Association, a not-for-profit, non-denominational Christian Radio Station, also located in the Cayman Islands.

Mr. Hammer joined Occidental Petroleum Corporation in 1982 and served in various capacities in the company’s foreign and domestic oil and gas subsidiaries; including Oklahoma, Texas, London, Oman and other locations around the world. He came to Occidental’s Los Angeles headquarters in 1985 where he served as Vice President and as a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee until 1991.

Prior to joining Occidental, Mr. Hammer worked in the Corporate Finance Department of Kidder Peabody, an investment banking firm in New York City.

Mr. Hammer was born September 8, 1955, in Los Angeles.  He received a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from the University of San Diego in 1978 and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Columbia University in 1982.

Mr. Hammer is active in various professional, civic and charitable organizations.  He served on the Long-Range Planning Committee of the Western Los Angeles County Council of the Boy Scouts of America and as a member of the Development Committee of the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. In addition, he served for a number of years as a Member of the Board of Overseers for Columbia University School of Business in New York City and also served on the Board of Directors for the Starbright Foundation, as well as the Board of Trustees of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. 

Mr. Hammer has two boys, Armie 33 who is a Motion Picture Actor and Viktor 31 who is a Businessman and Philanthropist.

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