Felix G. Rohatyn

Felix G. Rohatyn served as the US Ambassador to France from 1997-2000. He was born May 29, 1928, in Vienna, Austria and received part of his secondary school education in France. He has lived in the United States since 1942.

Prior to his appointment, he was a Managing Director of the investment bank Lazard Freres and Company in New York, which he joined in 1948, becoming a partner in 1961. From 1975-1993, Ambassador Rohatyn was Chairman of the Municipal Assistance Corporation (MAC) of the City of New York, where he managed the negotiations that enabled New York to pull itself out of its financial crisis in the late seventies. He served as a member of the Board of Governors of the New York Stock Exchange from 1968-1972. He served on the Board of Directors of several NYSE listed corporations.

Ambassador Rohatyn received his Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Middlebury College, Vermont, in 1949 and also has been awarded numerous honorary degrees. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and was Vice Chairman of Carnegie Hall and a member of many other non-profit organizations. He is a Commander in the French Legion of Honor. Married to Elizabeth Fly Rohatyn, he is the father of three children. Mrs. Rohatyn was Chairman of the New York Public Library before her arrival in Paris. She has one daughter.

Ambassadorial Post(s)

France, (1997 - 2000)

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