Craig Roberts Stapleton

Craig Roberts Stapleton (born 1945) is an American diplomat and businessman. He served as Ambassador to France and the Czech Republic during the administrations of President George W. Bush.

Craig Roberts Stapleton
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1st United States Ambassador to Monaco
In office
December 13, 2006 – January 29, 2009
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byCharles Rivkin
United States Ambassador to France
In office
July 25, 2005 – January 29, 2009
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byHoward H. Leach
Succeeded byCharles Rivkin
4th United States Ambassador to the Czech Republic
In office
August 28, 2001 – December 16, 2003
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byJohn Shattuck
Succeeded byWilliam J. Cabaniss
Personal details
Born1945 (age 74–75)
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Dorothy Walker Stapleton
MotherKatherine Histed Hall
FatherBenjamin Franklin Stapleton Jr.
EducationPhillips Exeter Academy
Alma materHarvard University
OccupationDiplomat, Businessman


Early lifeEdit

Craig Stapleton was born in Kansas City, Missouri, the son of Katherine Histed Hall and Benjamin Franklin Stapleton Jr. His grandfather, Benjamin F. Stapleton, was a politician who served five terms as mayor of Denver.[1] He received his secondary school education at Phillips Exeter Academy and a B.A. (magna cum laude) from Harvard University. He received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.[2] His wife, Dorothy Walker Stapleton, is a first cousin of former U.S. president George H.W. Bush.


Stapleton served as President of Marsh and McLennan Real Estate Advisors of New York from 1982 until 2001. From 1989 to 1998 Stapleton co-owned the Texas Rangers baseball team with George W. Bush.[2] He has served on the board of directors for several companies including Allegheny Properties, Metro PCS, TB Woods, Winston Partners and Abercrombie & Fitch.[2] In July 2009, he became a co-owner of the St. Louis Cardinals.[3]

Under George H.W. Bush, Stapleton sat on the Board of the Peace Corps. During the first administration of George W. Bush he served as Ambassador to the Czech Republic. In 2004, he was the Connecticut State Chairman for the Bush-Cheney reelection campaign. From 2005-2009 he was Ambassador to France.[4]

Stapleton is a Senior Advisor to Stone Point Capital and a Director of Tenax Aerospace and Vivino Inc. He serves on the boards of the Vaclav Havel Foundation, the American Friends of Compiegne, the United Way Tocqueville of France, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, the World War I Centennial Commission, and the Trust for the National Mall. He is a Trustee of the American University in Paris and the Fishback Foundation. He has served on the Visiting Committee for Harvard College Athletics and the Committee on University Resources and Athletics.

Personal lifeEdit

He and his wife live in North Palm Beach, Florida and have two adult children; his son Walker Stapleton was elected Colorado State Treasurer in 2010.


  1. ^ Sealover, Ed (2009-04-07). "Businessman Stapleton to Run for Colorado Treasurer". Denver Business Journal. Retrieved 2010-07-16.
  2. ^ a b c "Ambassador Craig Roberts Stapleton". United States Department of State. Archived from the original on 2007-10-30. Retrieved 2007-11-12.
  3. ^ "Craig R. Stapleton". Council of American Ambassadors. Archived from the original on 2010-09-17. Retrieved 2010-07-16.
  4. ^ "Craig Robert Stapleton". Office of the Historian, U.S. Department of State. Archived from the original on 2012-03-09. Retrieved 2017-01-17.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Craig Roberts Stapleton at Wikimedia Commons

Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
John Shattuck
U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic
Succeeded by
William J. Cabaniss
Preceded by
Howard H. Leach
U.S. Ambassador to France
Succeeded by
Charles Rivkin
Preceded by
New office
U.S. Ambassador to Monaco
Succeeded by
Charles Rivkin