Founding Council

The Founding Council of the Rothermere American Institute played a vital role in the development of the Institute, contributing substantially to the fundraising for the building and the Vere Harmsworth Library.

The Council included some of the United States’s and Britain’s most distinguished diplomats, business people and academic thinkers. It was brought together thanks to the tireless commitment of Vere, third Viscount Rothermere, his sister Lady Cromer and Mr Vyvyan Harmsworth.


Esme, Dowager Countess of Cromer

Vere, 3rd Viscount Rothermere


Sir Antony Acland, KG, GCMG, GCVO

The Hon Walter Annenberg

The Hon Anne Armstrong

Viscount Astor

Sir Isiah Berlin, OM, CBE, FBA

Mrs Fleur Cowles

Professor Sir John Elliott, FBA

The Hon J William Fulbright

Sir Philip Goodhart

Lord Grade

Sir Ronald Grierson

Mrs Rupert Hambro

Mrs Drue Heinz

The Hon George F Kennan

The Hon Henry A Kissinger

The Hon Philip Lader

Mr Tom Montague Meyer

The Hon Raymond Seitz

Sir Patrick Sheehy

The Hon George P Shultz

The Hon Edward Streator

Lord Weidenfeld

The Hon Caspar Weinberger