Felix George Rohatyn (born May 29, 1928) is an American investment banker. He is known for his role in preventing the bankruptcy of New York City in the 1970s, and he also served as United States Ambassador to France.He was a long-term advisor to the U.S. Democratic Party.
He was born in Vienna in 1928, the only son of Alexander Rohatyn, a Polish Jew, and Edith (Knoll) Rohatyn, a native of Austria. His great grandfather was grand rabbi of Poland. His father managed breweries controlled by the family in Vienna, Rumania, and Yugoslavia. The family left Austria in 1935 for France. They fled the Nazis in 1940, going to Casablanca, Lisbon, and in 1941, Rio de Janeiro, before arriving in the United States in 1942. Luiz Martins de Souza Dantas, the Brazilian ambassador to France, provided visas that enabled them to escape France and the Holocaust by sailing from Marseille to Casablanca.
Rohatyn graduated from McBurney School, New York City. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in physics from Middlebury College in Vermont (where he joined Alpha Sigma Phi) in 1949...
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