Trump Picks Jamie McCourt, Former Dodgers Owner, As Ambassador To France

The White House announced in a statement Wednesday that President Donald Trump has picked California businesswoman and former Los Angeles Dodgers President and CEO Jamie McCourt to become the next U.S. ambassador to France and Monaco.

“Jamie McCourt, of California, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the French Republic, and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Principality of Monaco,” the statement said.

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The White House statement also mentioned the president withdrew McCourt’s nomination for the post as ambassador to Belgium, which had been decided in June.

“Jamie McCourt, of California, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Kingdom of Belgium, which was sent to the Senate on June 26, 2017,” the withdrawal sent to the Senate specified in the statement.

McCourt’s nomination still has to be approved by the Senate. The 63-year-old McCourt is described in her bio on her company website called “jamienterprises.net” as an “entrepreneur, real estate developer, educator, art collector, food and wine connoisseur and philanthropist.”

McCourt is currently based in Los Angeles, she holds a law degree from the University of Maryland and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She also has degrees from Georgetown University and the Paris-Sorbonne University in France. She has also studied and lived in the southern French city of Aix-en-Provence. “Jamie began her career practicing law for 14 years in New York and Massachusetts, and subsequently focused on real estate development for 10 years,” her bio on her company website reads.

McCourt founded her investment firm called Jamie Enterprises in 2009, which primarily invests in technology startups, high-value real estate, and biotechnology ventures.

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Until her divorce from former husband Frank McCourt, she was the president and CEO of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Their divorce was finalized in 2012. Major League Baseball took over the Dodgers in 2011, after which the team found it difficult to meet payroll requirements and eventually went bankrupt before being sold for $2 billion that…

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