Richard Ravitch is a politician and businessman who served as the seventy-fifth lieutenant governor of New York from 2009 to 2010. He was appointed to the position in July 2009 by New York governor David Paterson.

A native of New York City, he earned a law degree from Yale Law School and is a member of the New York State Bar. He continues to operate his family's real estate development business and has held a number of government and government-appointed positions, including with the New York State Urban Development Corporation and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

His involvement in private industry includes tenures as chairman of the Bowery Savings Bank and as the chief owner representative in labor negotiations for Major League Baseball.