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John Negroponte Quick Facts

Here’s a glimpse into the life of former Assistant Secretary of State John Negroponte.


Date of birth: July 21, 1939

Birthplace: London, England

Birth name: John Dimitri Negroponte

Father: Dimitri John Negroponte, shipping magnate

Mother: Catherine (Coumantaros) Negroponte

Wedding: Diana (Villiers) Negroponte (December 1976–present)

Children: Marina, Alejandra, John, George and Sophia

Education: University of Yale, BA, 1960

Other facts

Speaks five languages: English, French, Greek, Spanish and Vietnamese.

Went to Harvard Law School for a week. Left after being hired into the Foreign Service.

All his children are adopted from Honduras.

Has been accused of having knowledge of human rights abuses while serving as Ambassador to Honduras. Negroponte denies these claims.

Taught at Yale and George Washington University.


1960-1997 – Member of the Career Foreign Service, serving eight different posts in Europe, Asia and Latin America.

1968-1969 – Member of the US delegation to Paris peace talks on Vietnam.

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1973-1975 – Serves as a political advisor in Quito, Ecuador.

1975-1977 – US Consul General in Thessaloniki, Greece.

1977-1979 – Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and Fisheries Affairs.

1980-1981 – Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

1981-1985 – US Ambassador to Honduras.

1985-1987 – Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and Environment and Scientific Affairs.

1987-1989 – Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs.

1989-1993 – US Ambassador to Mexico.

1993-1996 – US Ambassador to the Philippines.

1997-2001 – Executive Vice President at McGraw-Hill Companies.

2001-2004 – US Ambassador to the United Nations.

April 19, 2004 – President George W. Bush appoints Negroponte as US Ambassador to Iraq. He will be confirmed by the Senate on May 6.

February 17, 2005 – Bush appoints Negroponte as the country’s first director of national intelligence. He will be confirmed by the Senate on April 21.

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January 5, 2007 – Bush nominates Negroponte as deputy secretary of state.

2007-2009 – Deputy Secretary of State.

2009 – Joins consulting firm McLarty Associates.

2012-2015 – Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA).

2018–present – Serves as James R. Schlesinger Distinguished Professor at the University of Virginia Miller Center for Public Affairs.

February 13, 2020 – Negroponte’s daughter, Sophia, is arrested and charged with murder after being accused of stabbing a man to death in a Rockville, Maryland home. She is later found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to 35 years in prison.

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