Frank Wisner II

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Person.png Frank Wisner II   NNDB WikidataRdf-icon.png
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Born Frank George Wisner II
1938-07-02
New York City
Alma mater Princeton University
Children 4
Parents Frank Wisner
Spouse Christine de Ganay

Employment.png United States Ambassador to India Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
June 9, 1994 - July 12, 1997

US Under Secretary of Defense flag.svg Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
July 6, 1993 - June 9, 1994
Succeeded by Walter Slocombe

Employment.png United States Ambassador to the Philippines Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
August 16, 1991 - June 10, 1992

Employment.png United States Ambassador to Egypt Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
August 18, 1986 - June 6, 1991

Employment.png United States Ambassador to Zambia Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
August 2, 1979 - April 19, 1982

Frank Wisner II is a former United States Secretary of State.

Background

Frank Wisner II was born to Frank Wisner, founder of the Georgetown Set.

Career

Beatrice Edwards of the Government Accountability Project painted the following unflattering picture of Wisner's career in February 2011:

"As Ambassador to Egypt, Wisner became close friends with Shafik Gabr, the billionaire Chairman of ARTOC investments who partnered with Viktor Kozeny, a.k.a. “The Pirate of Prague.” Kozeny earned his moniker for ripping off the population of the Czech Republic with bogus privatization schemes in the early 1990s, netting roughly $1 billion for himself and his closest cronies. Gabr made a fortune with Kozeny in these endeavors.

While posted to the Philippines (1991-92), Wisner backed Enron’s negotiating position with the government for contracts to manage two power plants at Subic Bay. When he left his post in 1992, Enron had won the deal and took over the plants in early 1993. From there, the Ambassador took a short break and then moved on to India, where he secured additional lucrative deals for Enron. According to Vijay Prashad, in his book Fat Cats and Running Dogs, Wisner went so far as to boycott the "India Power '96” energy summit, although he was scheduled to deliver a speech there in order to pressure the Indian government to come through for Enron. After it seemed that Enron's place was secure there, Wisner left India in 1997 and joined the board of an Enron subsidiary.

Because board membership is not typically a full-time job, Wisner was also at the time the Vice Chairman for External Affairs at AIG. Among other accomplishments, he was largely responsible for pushing the Indian government in the 2000s to open the national insurance sector to foreign investment (i.e., AIG).

While at AIG, Wisner got in touch with his old friend Gabr – one of the Egyptian ‘businessmen’ surely booking flights for himself and his family from Cairo to somewhere else this morning (if he’s not gone already). He asked Gabr to vet an AIG/Kozeny investment in Azerbaijan, in the hopes that the corrupt business/political environment there would provide a tenfold return on a $25 million investment. AIG, with Gabr’s advice, made the investment, but, so far as we know, the windfall was not forthcoming. Wisner left AIG in 2009, after the meltdown. Presumably, he’s no longer working for Enron either."[1]

 

Events Participated in

EventDateLocation(s)
Bilderberg/198625 April 1986 - 27 April 1986Gleneagles Hotel
Scotland
Bilderberg/19942 June 1994 - 5 June 1994Helsinki
Finland


References