Marc Nathanson, U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic
September 6, 2009

Marc Nathanson, if confirmed, will become the U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic. Lifelong Democrat, friend of Bill (Clinton). Avid fly fisherman flies between homes on his Gulfstream IV jet with college sweetheart, wife, Jane, a psychologist.

He was a supporter of Hillary Clinton during the presidential primaries, then supporter of Obama & Biden. His 2008 political contributions amounted $94 750 to various democratic candidates (including Hillary Clinton, Obama & Biden).

Forbes lists Nathanson (age 64) among the World's Billionaires as Number 1014, net worth $1.1 bil. of Los Angeles, CA, married, two sons and daughter.

Educated by the University of Denver (BA) and University of California Santa Barbara, (MA).

Born in California, raised in suburbs of Chicago; father ran lucrative advertising agency. Door-to-door cable salesman while attending University of Denver. "When they slam the door in your face, you have to figure out the reasons. That's the essence of marketing."

Marc Nathanson is one of American's leading communications executives. A 40-year veteran of the cable television industry. Became obsessed with media; took job running Malibu-based Able Cable 1969. Went to work for Jack Kent Cooke, became vice president of marketing, programming at TelePromptTer; left after three years. Convinced father, father-in-law to invest $2 million in his Falcon Cable 1975; sold 24 years later for $3.7 billion to Charter Communications, controlled by Paul Allen. Reinvests proceeds via Mapleton Investments: real estate, radio stations, waterless-urinal company, where Mr. Nathanson also served as Vice-Chairman. Global Green USA recognized Mr. Nathanson in 2009 with the Green Building Environmental Leadership Award.

In 1998, president Clinton appointed Mr. Nathanson to chair the Board for US International Broadcasting, which oversees Voice of America, Radio/TV Marti, Radio Free Asia, Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty. Mr. Nathanson is a trustee of the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California, and a member of the Board of Visitors of the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He also serves on the Board of the UCLA Foundation, chairs the Center for the Digital Future at USC Annenberg School for Communication, and is vice chair of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs. In addition, He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the World Affairs Council, and the Pacific Council on International Policy.

by Josef Schrabal
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