Richard “Bo” Dietl is a multifaceted individual who has achieved success in many fields. He is a former New York City police officer and detective, a successful businessman, and a well-known media personality. Despite his tough-guy persona, Dietl is passionate about helping others. He has made a significant contribution to society through his time in law enforcement and his countless fundraising efforts for charities throughout the years.
Dietl was born in Queens, New York, in 1950. He grew up in a tough neighborhood and learned to defend himself at a young age. After graduating from high school, he worked as a concrete laborer and iron worker on the original World Trade Center before joining the New York City Police Department in 1969. He graduated from the police academy as the most physically accomplished rookie and became one of the most highly decorated detectives in the history of the New York City Police Department.
The highlight of his career was defined by two challenging cases. The first was what former New York City Mayor Edward I. Koch labeled as, “…the most heinous crime in New York City history” (1981). It involved a nun who was raped and tortured in an East Harlem convent; 27 crosses were carved into her by two men, who later confessed and were convicted of the hideous crime. The second occurred in 1984, and is referred to as the “Palm Sunday Massacre”. This was one of New York City’s most bloody mass slayings, resulting in the grisly deaths of 10 people, 8 of them being children under the age of twelve. Bo was instrumental in the arrest and conviction of the suspects in both cases. He later became a decoy cop, which resulted in him being stabbed, shot at, mugged upwards of 500 times and hospitalized 30+ times. He retired in 1985 with several thousand arrests under his belt, a 95 percent conviction rate, and was referred to by United States president Ronald Reagan as “a real life dirty harry”.
While serving with the NYPD, Bo Dietl moonlighted as a security guard for the Saudi Arabian royal family. He traveled extensively with them around the world and was acclaimed for his many skills. Being a former New York State arm wrestling champion, he was often challenged to arm wrestling contests by the family’s Lebanese bodyguards.
After retiring from the NYPD, Bo Dietl founded the investigative and security firm Beau Dietl & Associates. As owner and chairman, the firm quickly became one of the most successful in the country, with clients that include major corporations, celebrities, and foreign governments. Major security details include the New Jersey Convention Center, Jacob Javits Convention Center, UBS Arena, and South Street Seaport. Past security assignments include the Grammy Awards, six national political conventions, the US Open Golf Championship, the US Open, and a plethora of movie premieres.
His work with the NYPD was profiled by award-winning journalist Nicholas Pileggi, and featured as a New York Magazine cover story which garnered him widespread attention. He also co-wrote his memoir, One Tough Cop, about his time in the department, which
was later adapted into a major motion picture.
In 1986, Bo Dietl was nominated by both the Republican and Conservative parties to run for the 6th Congressional District in New York State, to fill the seat of the late Joseph Addabbo. In a heavily Democratic district, Dietl narrowly lost to Reverend Floyd Flake by just 2,500 votes, in one of the closest races in New York history.
In 1989, President George H.W. Bush appointed Dietl to co-chair the National Crime Commission. In 1994, New York Governor George Pataki appointed Dietl to chair the New York State Security Guard Advisory Council. Dietl also served as a security consultant for the National Republican Convention and as the director of security for the New York State Republican Convention.
After a hiatus from politics, Bo Dietl partnered with Daniel DelGiorno to develop a software company called SoftWorks. They sold SoftWorks in 1999 for $200 million. Dietl also became a real estate investor with Witkoff Partners, acquiring a stake in the iconic Woolworth Building and Daily News Building, as well as other properties.
In 2001, Dietl invested in a vitamin company called N3 Oceanic, growing its net worth to $40 million. He later acquired a cybersecurity company called NetWolves and a patented keystroke encryption technology called Advanced Cyber Security, which is now a leading cybersecurity technology.
In 2005, Bo Dietl wrote the book Business Lunchatations, which gives advice on networking and provides his recipes for success. The book includes interviews with some of the most prominent business leaders of the time, such as GE CEO Jack Welch. The book reached number five on the New York Times Best Sellers list.
In 2017, Bo Dietl ran for Mayor of New York City, but Bill De Blasio used all his political influence to get Dietl removed from all party ballots, but not before qualifying for 2 mayoral debates and raising more than 1.5 million.
Bo Dietl has been a successful entertainer for over two decades, appearing in dozens of movies and TV shows. He has played a variety of roles, including associate producer for the 1999 film The Bone Collector and producer for the 2000 film Table One. He also served as executive producer of the CBS TV show The Gray Area.
Dietl has collaborated with legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese for many years. He played the arresting officer of Henry Hill in Scorsese’s 1990 film Goodfellas, had a memorable role in his 2013 film The Wolf of Wall Street, and played the recurring character of Joe Corso in his 2016 HBO series Vinyl. Most recently, Dietl played Joey Glimco in Scorsese’s 2019 film The Irishman.
Dietl has been a Fox News and Business contributor for over 12 years, and his commentary is frequently sought on current events nationwide. He has been a weekly guest on Imus in the Morning for the past 37 years and also appears regularly on other Fox shows, as well as WABC Radio’s Sid & Friends In The Morning.
Over the years Bo has taken an active interest in many charities and continues to
endorse and support such foundations as: The Viscardi Center, The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, The Nation Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Make-A-Wish, Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research, CRT Cancer Research, The American Heart Association, The Imus Ranch, The Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation, United Cerebral Palsy, New York City Police & Fireman Widow & Children, CJ Foundation of SIDS, Tomorrow’s Children Fund, Children’s Medical Fund of NY, Hemophilia Association, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Mothers Voices are among a few. Since acquiring his coveted Thursday night table at Rao’s in 1977, Dietl has auctioned it off and raised an average of $500,000 annually for various charitable