Adlai Stevenson IV

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Adlai Ewing Stevenson IV (born November 4, 1956) is a business executive and a former television and print journalist.

Early life and education[edit]

Stevenson was born in 1956, the son of Senator Adlai Stevenson III, grandson of UN Ambassador Adlai Stevenson II and the great-great-grandson of Vice President Adlai E. Stevenson I.

Stevenson attended boarding school in New England.[1] He earned a bachelor's degree in communications, in 1978,[2] and then an MBA, both from Northwestern University.


Stevenson was a print reporter at the City News Bureau of Chicago, and then a television reporter at WTNH, New Haven; WMBD, Peoria; KARE, Minneapolis; and WMAQ, Chicago.[3] In 1990, he founded radio station WHZT-FM (now WGKC) in Champaign, Illinois.

Between 1994 and 2006, Stevenson worked as an acquisition specialist for media companies Lee Enterprises and Schurz Communications, and served as vice president and chief operations officer at the Evanston-based start-up Stonewater Control Systems.

Stevenson was a Managing Director, Mergers & Acquisitions at HuaMei Capital, the first U.S.-Chinese financial services joint venture, beginning in 2006. In 2012, he began work as a financial services professional at Water Tower Financial Partners, LLC, in Chicago.


Stevenson's son, Adlai Ewing Stevenson V, was born in the fall of 1994.[4] Stevenson was ambivalent about passing on his famous name, saying "[w]hen my own kid was about to be born... the big debate began - were we going to continue this name thing? I was basically against it, needless to say fully aware of how being named Adlai E. Stevenson can be a Boy-Named-Sue-like albatross. But my dad and my wife felt strongly this was something we should do."[3]


  1. ^ Jean H. Baker, The Stevensons: A Biography of an American Family, W. W. Norton & Company, 1997, p. 466
  2. ^ "Adlai E. Stevenson : Alumni Exhibit: Northwestern University Archives". Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Flick, Bill (1996-12-08). "Adlai IV & V: The Name Just Keeps On Going, And Going...". The Pantagraph. Lee Enterprises. 
  4. ^ Patricia Turnier (May 2, 2013). "Exclusive Interview with the Former Senator of Illinois: Adlai E. Stevenson III". Retrieved December 1, 2014. 

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