George Herbert Walker III

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George Herbert Walker III

George Herbert Walker III (born 1931 in St. Louis), commonly known as Bert Walker, grew up in the East. He is a former U.S. ambassador to Hungary and the first cousin of former President George Herbert Walker Bush.[1]

Walker's 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.

George Herbert Walker III graduated from Yale University in 1953, where he was a member of Skull and Bones.[1] He graduated from Harvard School of Law in 1955, served two years in the U. S. Air Force 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. He is married to the former Carol Banta and they have eight children between them and fourteen grandchildren. He has served on the Board of Directors of Webster University since 1974 and serves on the board of many philanthropic organizations. Following a significant donation to Webster University in 2005, the business school was renamed the George Herbert Walker School of Business. In 1992, he was a candidate for the U.S. House seat representing Missouri's 2nd Congressional District,[2] but was defeated by then State Rep. Jim Talent in the Republican primary by a margin of 58% to 32%.

Walker's son, George Herbert Walker IV is the Chief Executive Officer of investment management firm, Neuberger Berman. He was also designated a "Pioneer,"[citation needed] the name given to large financial contributors to the United States Republican Party.


  1. ^ a b Rothkopf, David. Superclass: The Global Power Elite and the World They Are Making. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008. 260.
  2. ^ Minutalgio, Bill. First Son: George W. Bush and the Bush Family Dynasty. New York: Three Rivers, 2001. 260.