George Herbert Walker III

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George Herbert Walker III
George Herbert Walker III, US Dept of State photo portrait.jpg
Alma materYale University
Harvard Law School
OccupationBusinessman, diplomat
Spouse(s)Carol Banta
Children5, including George Herbert Walker IV
Parent(s)George Herbert Walker Jr.
Mary Carter
RelativesThomas Walker (great-great-great-grandfather)
David Davis Walker (great-grandfather)
George Herbert Walker (grandfather)
George H. W. Bush (cousin)
George W. Bush (cousin)

George Herbert "Bert" Walker III is an American heir, businessman, diplomat and philanthropist. He served as the United States Ambassador to Hungary from 2003 to 2006.

Early life[edit]

Walker's paternal great-great-great-grandfather, Thomas Walker, was an English slave trader.[1] His paternal grandfather, George Herbert Walker, was the founder of G. H. Walker & Co., which is now part of the Merrill Lynch conglomerate. He also served as the President of W.A. Harriman Co. (1916-1929), which is now known as Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.. His father, George Herbert Walker Jr., was the cofounder of the New York Mets baseball team with Joan Whitney Payson. His first cousin, George Herbert Walker Bush, served as the President of the United States.[2]

Walker graduated from Yale University in 1953, where he was a member of Skull and Bones.[2] He received a Law degree from the Harvard Law School in 1955. He served in the U. S. Air Force for two years as staff judge advocate at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.


Walker then returned to St. Louis and worked first with his grandfather's company, G. H. Walker & company, then with Stifel Nicolaus in 1977. During his term as CEO, Stifel Nicolaus became a publicly traded firm on the New York Stock Exchange.

In 1992, Walker was a candidate for the U.S. House seat representing Missouri's 2nd Congressional District,[3] but was defeated by then-State Rep. Jim Talent in the Republican primary by a margin of 58% to 32%.

Walker served as the United States Ambassador to Hungary from 2003 to 2006.

In 2007, Walker became the general partner at the Danube Fund.[4]


Walker has served on the Board of Directors of Webster University since 1974. Following a significant donation to Webster University in 2005, the business school was renamed the George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology.

In 2016 Ambassador Walker and his wife Dr. Carol Walker made the founding gift to launch The Walker Leadership Institute at Eden Theological Seminary. The Institute focuses on Common Good leadership at the intersection of business and faith.

Personal life[edit]

Walker is married to the former Carol Banta and they have eight children between them and fourteen grandchildren. His son, George Herbert Walker IV, is the Chief Executive Officer of investment management firm Neuberger Berman.


  1. ^ "George W. Bush's Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandfather Was a Slave Trader". Slate. 2013-06-19.
  2. ^ a b Rothkopf, David. Superclass: The Global Power Elite and the World They Are Making. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008. 260.
  3. ^ Minutalgio, Bill. First Son: George W. Bush and the Bush Family Dynasty. New York: Three Rivers, 2001. 260.
  4. ^ "Walker floats $20 million Danube Fund - St. Louis Business Journal". St. Louis Business Journal. St. Louis Business Journal. Retrieved 2015-10-20.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Nancy Brinker
United States Ambassador to Hungary
Succeeded by
April H. Foley