Ronald P. Spogli

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Ronald P. Spogli
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United States Ambassador to Italy
In office
August 10, 2005 – February 6, 2009
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Barack Obama
Preceded byMel Sembler
Succeeded byDavid Thorne
United States Ambassador to San Marino
In office
September 2006 – February 6, 2009
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Barack Obama
Preceded byOffice created
Succeeded byDavid Thorne
Personal details
Born1948 (age 69–70)
Los Angeles, California
Political partyRepublican

Ronald P. Spogli (born 1948) is an American venture capitalist and politician. He is the former United States Ambassador to Italy and to San Marino. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 30, 2005,[1] after being nominated by President George W. Bush on June 9. He was preceded by Mel Sembler as Ambassador to Italy and is the first American ambassador to San Marino from the United States. This new position was created as a result of the excellent relations between the two countries.[2]


Spogli was born in Los Angeles, California in 1948.[3] He received an A.B. in history from Stanford University in 1970, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in his junior year.[4] He earned an M.B.A. in 1975 from Harvard Business School, where he was future President George W. Bush's roommate.[3] He lived abroad in Florence and Milan for two years during his time at Stanford, and became fluent in the Italian language.


Spogli is a co-founder of Freeman Spogli & Co., a private equity investment firm.[5] Before that he was a Managing Director in the Investment Banking Division of Dean Witter Reynolds.[6] In 2002, President Bush appointed Spogli to a three-year term with the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship board.[7] Spogli quit working at Freeman Spogli & Co. on July 31, 2005, and was sworn in as the U.S. Ambassador to Italy on August 10, 2005 and to San Marino in September 2006.[8] He left post on February 6, 2009. He received the America Award of the Italy-USA Foundation in 2016.


 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Department of State website (U.S. Bilateral Relations Fact Sheets).

  1. ^ "Presidential Nomination". Retrieved 2007-10-18.
  2. ^ Winner, Christopher: Area 51: Spogli’s Promise, Retrieved on October 18, 2007
  3. ^ a b "THE NEW U.S. AMBASSADOR VISITS MLAN AND TURIN". Archived from the original on 2007-08-12. Retrieved 2007-10-18.
  4. ^ "Ambassador Ronald P. Spogli - Biography". U.S. Department of State. Archived from the original on 2007-11-02. Retrieved 2008-01-15.
  5. ^ "J. WILLIAM FULBRIGHT FOREIGN SCHOLARSHIP BOARD 2004•2005" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on December 7, 2006. Retrieved 2007-10-18.
  6. ^ "Managing Principal". Retrieved 2007-10-18.
  7. ^ "Nominations and Appointments". Retrieved 2007-10-18.
  8. ^ "BIOGRAPHY". Archived from the original on 2007-10-15. Retrieved 2007-10-18.
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Mel Sembler
United States Ambassador to Italy
Succeeded by
David H. Thorne
New title United States Ambassador to San Marino