Cyrus A. Ansary

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Cyrus A. Ansary (age 79 in 2014) is an American businessman and lawyer.

Early life and education[edit]

Ansary was awarded a BS in Economics from American University, a law degree from Columbia and a Certificate in French Civilization from the University of Paris. He served in the US Marines.[1]


Ansary is president of Investment Services International Co. and the founder and current chairman of Fort Knox National Company. He practiced law in the firm of Ansary, Kirkpatrick & Rosse and was chairman of the board of JPMorgan Value Opportunities Fund, Inc. He was affiliated with Washington Mutual Investors Fund, Inc. from 1983 and served on the boards of First American Bank of Maryland, Krupp GmbH, Deutsche Babcock and Wilcox.[1]

Ansary serves as chairman emeritus of The American University and was board chair from 1981 to 1989. He is a member of the Woodrow Wilson Council for Scholars and the Life Guard Society of Mount Vernon.[1]

Awards in Ansary name[edit]

Since 1990, the Cyrus Ansary Medal has been awarded annually and is one of the highest volunteer awards given by American University. Recipients include alums, "trustees, volunteers, and community leaders who set high standards for achievement and serve as role models to American University's students and alumni". Recent recipients include J. Willard Marriott Jr., Alan L. Meltzer, Kermit A. Washington[2] and Hani M. S. Farsi.[3]

In March 2014, Mount Vernon awarded its first Cyrus A. Ansary Prize for Courage and Character to former president George H. W. Bush.[4] The prize was established in 2012 by Cyrus A. and Janet H. Ansary and, in 2014, came with $75,000 in unrestricted and Mt. Vernon-related monies.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "Executive Profile: Cyrus A. Ansary", BloombergBusinessweek. Retrieved 2014-04-04.
  2. ^ "Cryus Ansary Award", Retrieved 2014-04-04.
  3. ^ "Hani M. S. Farsi: American University Cyrus A. Ansary Medal 2012", from American University, November 2, 2012. Retrieved 2014-04-04.
  4. ^ Baker, Peter, "Bush 41 Reunion Looks to Burnish His Legacy", New York Times, April 3, 2014. Retrieved 2014-04-04.
  5. ^ "Former U.S. President Honored with Ansary Prize", Mt. Vernon web page. Retrieved 2012-06-01.