Richard Hollbrooke: 1941-2010

Born: April 24, 1941 in New York City to German-Jewish refugees

Wife: Kati Marton, journalist and rights advocate

Children: Two sons, David and Anthony, born during his first marriage to D.C. lawyer Larrine Sullivan

College: Brown University, 1962


- Joined the Foreign Service in 1962

- Served in Vietnam (1963-66), including a tour of duty in the Mekong Delta for AID

- Worked on Vietnam issues at the Johnson White House (1966-68)

- Member of the U.S. delegation at the 1968-1969 Paris Peace talks on Vietnam

- Peace Corps Director in Morocco (1970-72)

- Held senior positions at two leading Wall Street firms, Credit Suisse First Boston (Vice Chairman) and Lehman Brothers (Managing Director).

- Vice chairman of Perseus LLC, a private equity firm (2001 to 2008)

- Top foreign policy adviser to Hillary Clinton in her failed presidential bid

- After Obama won the Democratic nomination, Holbrooke served as one of his advisers

Diplomatic record:

1960s: First served with the U.S. State Department in Vietnam

1970s: in charge of US relations with China as Sino-American ties normalized in December 1978

1993-94: U.S. ambassador to Germany

1995: negotiates Dayton peace accords, ending the Bosnian war

1999: U.S. envoy to Kosovo, but fails to secure a deal averting war

1999-2001: U.S. ambassador to the United Nations

2009 to present: U.S. envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan