Philip D. Murphy

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Philip D. Murphy
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31st United States Ambassador to Germany
In office
August 21, 2009 – May 29, 2013
President Barack Obama
Preceded by William R. Timken, Jr.
Succeeded by John B. Emerson
Personal details
Born 1957 (age 58–59)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Tammy Murphy
Children 4
Alma mater Harvard University, Wharton School University of Pennsylvania

Philip D. Murphy (born 1957) is an American businessman and the former United States Ambassador to Germany. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on August 7, 2009. Murphy arrived with his family in Berlin on August 21, 2009. On May 29, 2013, it was announced that Murphy was stepping down.

Born in the Boston, Massachusetts area, Murphy graduated from Harvard University in 1979, where he was President of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals, with an A.B. in Economics and received an M.B.A. in 1983 from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Tammy, have four children, Josh, Emma, Charlie and Sam. Murphy and his family own a large waterfront estate in Middletown, New Jersey that he and his wife purchased for $5.95 million in 1998.[1]

From 1993 to 1997, Murphy headed Goldman Sachs’ Frankfurt office, where he had oversight responsibility for activities in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, as well as in the then-emerging nations of Central Europe. From 1997 to 1999, Murphy served as the President of Goldman Sachs (Asia). In all, he spent 23 years at Goldman Sachs and held a variety of top-level positions before becoming a Senior Director of the firm in 2003, a position he held until his retirement in 2006.

After leaving Goldman Sachs, Murphy served from 2006 to 2009 as the National Finance Chair of the Democratic National Committee.

Murphy has devoted substantial time over the years to civic, community and philanthropic affairs. He has served on boards and/or committees of the NAACP, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, the Center for American Progress, 180 Turning Lives Around[2] and several programs of the University of Pennsylvania, among other entities. Additionally, Murphy co-chaired a national task force on 21st century public education and chaired a task force on public sector employee benefits in his home State of New Jersey.

Murphy has served on the boards of the U.S. Soccer Foundation[3] and the U.S. Soccer Federation World Cup Bid Committee. He owns a stake in the professional New Jersey women’s soccer club Sky Blue FC.

The United States diplomatic cables published by Wiki Leaks contained negative statements signed by the ambassador about senior German politicians, including Chancellor Angela Merkel and Guido Westerwelle, the German foreign minister.[4]

Murphy was mentioned as a potential candidate for Governor of New Jersey in 2013, however he declined to run.[5][6] He is considered a likely candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2017.[7]


  1. ^ APP NJ Property Sales
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  3. ^ * U.S. Soccer Foundation at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ German-U.S. Relations Will Survive WikiLeaks — but the Trust Is Gone - Time, 2010
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