Thomas F. Stephenson

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Thomas Fleetwood Stephenson

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Ambassador Thomas F. Stephenson (right) and Helder Antunes (left); Oeiras, 2009.
United States Ambassador to Portugal
In office
November 21, 2007 June, 2009
President George W. Bush
Barack Obama
Preceded by Al Hoffman, Jr.
Succeeded by Allan J. Katz
Personal details
Born1942 (age 7677)
Wilmington, Delaware
Residence Atherton, California [1]
Alma mater Harvard College
Boston College Law School
OccupationVenture capitalist

Thomas Fleetwood Stephenson, AB MBA J.D. (born 1942) [2] is an American businessman and a former Ambassador to Portugal.

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Stephenson was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware, and graduated from Harvard College with a degree in economics. [3] He received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a JD from Boston College Law School. [3] Stephenson worked at Fidelity Management Company, where he served as president of a venture capital operation, Fidelity Ventures. [3] In 1987, Stephenson left Fidelity to join Sequoia Capital. [3]

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Stephenson has also served as a director of BigTray, LandaCorp, BenefitPoint, Chapters Online,, Sequana Therapeutics, Adesso Healthcare Technology Services, and SteriGenics International. [4]

Other activities

Stephenson is a major California Republican donor. [5] He was major donor to the inauguration committee of George W. Bush. [1] In 2001, Stephenson led an effort to attract Silicon Valley executives to the Republican Party. [6] Stephenson serves as a top fundraiser for the 2016 presidential candidacy of Jeb Bush. [7]

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  1. 1 2 Dwyer, Timothy (9 January 2005). "Donations Hit $18 Million for 3-Day Fete". Washington Post. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  2. Thomas F. Stephenson (1942–)
  3. 1 2 3 4 "Thomas F. Stephenson". US Department of State Archive. United States State Department. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  4. "Thomas F. Stephenson J.D." Bloomberg Business. Bloomberg. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  5. Ayres, Jr., B. Drummond (13 March 2001). "California G.O.P. Courts Superhero". New York Times. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  6. Robert, Timothy (4 March 2001). "Valley execs urge GOP moderation". Silicon Valley Business Journal. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  7. Reinhard, Beth; Stewart, Christopher (28 July 2015). "Jeb Bush Drawing Big Bucks From GOP Establishment". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Al Hoffman, Jr.
United States Ambassador to Portugal
Succeeded by
Allan J. Katz