Felix Rohatyn served as the U.S. Ambassador to France under the Clinton Administration from 1997-2000.
Prior to his appointment, he was Managing Director of the investment bank Lazard Freres and Company in New York, which he joined in 1948, becoming partner in 1961. From 1975 to 1993, he was Chairman of the Municipal Assistance Corporation (MAC) of the City of New York, where he managed negotiations that enabled New York City to pull itself out of its financial crisis in the late 1970's. He served as a member of the board of governors of the New York Stock Exchange from 1968 to 1972. He also served on the board of directors of several NYSE listed corporations. Mr. Rohatyn received his Bachelor of Science degree in physics from Middlebury College in Vermont in1949. 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. Mr. Rohatyn is married to Elizabeth Fly Rohatyn and has three children. Mrs. Rohatyn was President of the New York Public Library. She has one daughter.
At a remarkably early age, he emerged as perhaps Wall Street’s preeminent dealmaker. Later, he fashioned a rescue plan for New York City when it was on the verge of bankruptcy and, most recently, served as our Ambassador to France. But Felix Rohatyn is a rare bird for another reason. He is one of the few business luminaries who actually is passionate about classical music. He joins us on this installment of Mad About Music.