Robert Adam Mosbacher Sr

Robert Adam Mosbacher Sr

American businessman, politician and yachtsman
Date of Birth: 11.03.1927
Country: USA

  1. Biography of Robert Adam Mosbacher Sr.
  2. Business Success and Yachting Achievements
  3. Political Career
  4. Personal Life and Legacy

Biography of Robert Adam Mosbacher Sr.

Robert Adam Mosbacher Sr. (11.03.1927 – 24.01.2010) was an American businessman, politician, and yachtsman. Born in Mount Vernon, New York, he came from a family that weathered the Great Depression relatively well. In 1947, Mosbacher graduated from Washington & Lee University with a degree in business administration. He then ventured to Texas, where his father had invested in the local oil industry, and decided to pursue a career in the same field. It was in Texas that Mosbacher met and befriended future U.S. President George Bush.

Robert Adam Mosbacher Sr

Business Success and Yachting Achievements

In 1954, Mosbacher discovered a rich natural gas deposit in South Texas, leading to the establishment of the highly successful Mosbacher Energy Company. This achievement, along with his wealth and connections in high society, made the Mosbacher family one of the most prominent and affluent clans in Houston.

Robert Adam Mosbacher Sr

Aside from his business ventures, Mosbacher developed a passion for yacht racing from a young age. He played a pivotal role in the Knickerbocker Yacht Club winning the Scoville Cup and personally won the 1958 South Ocean Race and the Mallory Cup. He accumulated numerous accolades in the sport and even graced the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine, featuring him and his brother, Bass Mosbacher, as the main subjects of a featured article.

Robert Adam Mosbacher Sr

Political Career

Mosbacher's acclaim was not solely derived from his sporting endeavors. In 1976, he became a financial advisor for Gerald Ford's reelection campaign and actively participated in George Bush's presidential campaign in 1988. Prior to that, in 1970, Mosbacher led a fundraising campaign to support Bush in his senatorial battles against Lloyd Bentsen.

As the United States Secretary of Commerce, Mosbacher oversaw the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). He advocated for the creation of a large, unified global market, considering it crucial for economic growth. Despite facing challenges, the agreement came into effect on January 1, 1994. Mosbacher later served as the director of the Center for Strategic and International Studies and was a member of President Reagan's team focused on private sector issues. He also served as the vice-chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

In 2008, Mosbacher was elected as the chairman of the team supporting John McCain's presidential candidacy.

Personal Life and Legacy

Mosbacher was married four times. His first wife died from leukemia, and he went through two divorces before his own passing. From his first marriage, Mosbacher had four children: Diana, Kathryn, Lisa, and Robert Jr. His son followed in his footsteps, becoming a successful businessman and Republican politician, having served in the administration of President Bush.

On January 24, 2010, Robert Adam Mosbacher Sr. passed away at the age of 82 from pancreatic cancer.