Robert Allbritton

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Robert Allbritton
Born United States
Alma mater Wesleyan University
Occupation Businessperson
Parent(s) Joe Allbritton
Barbara Allbritton

Robert Allbritton, son of Barbara and the late banker Joe Allbritton, is the owner and founder of Capitol News Company, the parent company of Capitol Hill political newspaper and website Politico.[1]

He also was the Chairman/CEO of Allbritton Communications, which owned television stations in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere,[2] all affiliated with the Disney-owned ABC network, and was CEO of Riggs National Corporation, the parent of Riggs Bank, from 2001–05.[3] With respect to his role at Politico, Allbritton has been described by The New Republic as having "reshaped the way we follow politics."[4] He is a Trustee of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum.[5]

In October 2011, Allbritton was included on The New Republic's list of Washington's most powerful, least famous people.[6]

Allbritton received his B.A. degree from Wesleyan University in 1992,[7] and has served as a member of its board of trustees.[8][9] With his wife Elena, Allbritton donated funds for the establishment of the school's Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life.[10]


  1. ^ FCC approves $1B Allbritton TV sale to Sinclair, Politico, 24 July 2014, Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  2. ^ Executive Profile, Robert L. Allbritton, Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 12 May 2012.
  3. ^ O'Hara, Terence (March 8, 2005). "Robert Allbritton Resigns as CEO of Riggs Ahead of Merger". Washington Post. p. E01. Retrieved March 21, 2010.
  4. ^ The Editors (2011-10-12). "Washington's Most Powerful, Least Famous People". The New Republic. Retrieved 2011-10-25.
  5. ^ LBJ Foundation website
  6. ^ The Editors (2011-10-12). "Washington's Most Powerful, Least Famous People". The New Republic. Retrieved 2011-10-25.
  7. ^ Alumni Pledge $5M to Create New Center on Campus, The Wesleyan Connection. Posted April 6, 2007. Retrieved August 22, 2012.
  8. ^ Alumni-Elected Trustees, Wesleyan University. Retrieved August 22, 2012.
  9. ^ Notice of death of Joe Allbritton
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