Kissinger Associates

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Formation27 April 1982
FounderHenry Kissinger
HeadquartersNew York City
Membership• Henry Kissinger
• L. Paul Bremer
• Nelson Cunningham
• Lawrence Eagleburger
• Richard W. Fisher
• Timothy F. Geithner
• J. Stapleton Roy
• Brent Scowcroft
• Lord Carrington
• Pehr Gyllenhammar
• William D. Rogers
• Eric Roll
• William E. Simon
• Saburo Okita
• Étienne Davignon
• Gary Falle
• Mack McLarty
• Jami Miscik
• Alan R. Batkin
• Bill Richardson
• Robert D. Hormats
• Christine Vick
• Alan Stoga
• David Rothkopf
• Joshua Cooper Ramo
• Richard Burt
• John Brennan
• Thomas Graham
• Schuyler Schouten
• Erik R. Peterson
• Thomas Jefferson Cunningham III
• Sergio Correa da Costa
• Robert O. Anderson
• Edward Palmer
• Mario D'Urso
• Nathaniel Samuels
• Yuet-keung Kan

Kissinger Associates, Inc., founded in 1982, is a New York City-based international consulting firm and geopolitical fixing house, founded and run by Henry Kissinger. The firm helps clients to identify strategic partners and investment opportunities, and advises clients on government relations throughout the world.[1] It is an example of the revolving door, where contacts made in politics are used for private enrichment by the associates; and of private diplomacy, where private consultants with government connections can offer more corrupt deals than official diplomacy.

Kissinger Associates does not disclose its list of corporate clients, and reportedly bars clients from acknowledging the relationship.[2] However, over time details from proxy statements and the tendency of senior businessmen to talk about their relationship with Kissinger have leaked out and a number of major corporate clients have been identified (see list below).[3]

The secrecy of their corporate client list has caused problems where Kissinger or a member of his staff were called to public service. In 1989, George Bush nominated Lawrence Eagleburger as his Deputy Secretary of State. Congress required that Eagleburger disclose the names of 16 clients, some of which were his through his Kissinger Associates affiliation.[4]. More recently, Kissinger himself was appointed chairman of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States by George W. Bush. Congressional Democrats insisted that Kissinger disclose the names of clients. Kissinger and President Bush claimed that such disclosures were not necessary, but Kissinger ultimately stepped down, citing conflicts of interest.

In 1999, Mack McLarty, joined Kissinger to open Kissinger McLarty Associates, the firm's office on Eighteenth and K streets in Washington, D.C.[5]. McLarty was White House Chief of Staff under Bill Clinton. Kissinger McLarty is a corporate member of the Council of the Americas, the New York-based business organization established by David Rockefeller in 1965.[5] As of January 2008, the two firms have separated and McLarty Associates, headed by Mack McLarty, is an independent firm based in Washington.[6][7]

Kissinger Associates is located in River House on Park Avenue at Fifty-first Street, in a building also occupied by Peter Peterson's Blackstone Group. It was established in July, 1982 after loans had been secured from Goldman Sachs and a consortium of three other banks. These loans were paid out in two years; by 1987 annual revenues had reached $5 million.[8]

Associated organizations and individuals

Kissinger Associates has strategic alliances with several firms, including:

The company is secretive about who works there,the list is therefore incomplete, but prominent staff have included:

The list on the right was originally drawn from an EIR article.[15]

Directors have included:

Full article: Kissinger Associates Staff

Known corporate clients

A selected list of the more notable companies (from over two dozen in total) since 1982; his directorships where applicable; and some countries where known advice/contacts were used:


  2. a b Kissinger Means Business Leslie H. Gelb, New York Times April 20th 1986
  3. Corporate clients identified - see Walter Isaacson, Kissinger: A Biography, New York: Simon & Schuster, 1992, (updated 2005). (pp.730-51)
  4. Disclosure Sought From Policy Group Jeff Gerth, New York Times, May 20th, 1989
  5. a b Council of the Americas Member: Kissinger McLarty Associates Council of the Americas
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  8. Location and revenues - see Isaacson, Kissinger, op.cit. (p.732)
  9. Kissinger Associates, APCO Join in Strategic Alliance, October 12th, 2004, APCO Worldwide
  10. Strategic alliances the Blackstone Group
  11. Survey - Corporate Security: The top players in intelligence industry Financial Times Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson, April 10th, 2001
  12. Making an Alliance Official Judy Sarasohn, Washington Post October 2nd, 2003
  13. BCCI and Kissinger Associates, John Kerry & Hank Brown The BCCI Affair United States Congress
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  16. a b c Kissinger's New Team Don Oberdorfer Washington Post August 24th, 1982
  17. a b Gilpin Kenneth N. Eagleburger Is Joining Kissinger Associates New York Times June 1st, 1984
  18. Etienne Davignon delivers the plenary address on the third day of EITC 97 European Union Publications Office