Hushang Ansary was born in 1926 in Ahvaz, Khuzestan, Iran.
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Spouse: Maryam Panahi (Shahla Nazemian)
Hushang Ansary, "a resident of the United States since 1979 and citizen since 1986, has had a remarkable career in business, economic development and diplomacy. Born in Ahvaz, in Iran's Khuzestan Province, Ansary first worked as a newspaper and magazine photographer in Ahvaz, Tehran, and England before moving to Japan in 1954. There he met Abbas Aram, Iran's ambassador to Japan, who soon brought him to the attention of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. The Shah asked Ansary to return to Iran and appointed him to several government positions starting in 1961, including Undersecretary of Commerce, ambassador to many African nations and to Pakistan, and Minister of Information.In 1964 he married Maryam Panahi, a friend of ambassador Aram who had many high-ranking acquaintances in the governments of the United States and Iran. He served as Ambassador to the United States and then as Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance.Ansary has long championed the cause of International trade and economic cooperation as a tool to enhance greater understanding among Nations. He has received special recognition by TIME Magazine for his contributions in this area. HE is a Republican Regent. He was a member of the National Finance Committee of the Bush-Cheney Presidential Campaign. He is a recipient of the distinguished Woodrow Wilson International Center Award and has been decorated by the Governments of Japan, South Korea, Italy, Norway, Spain, Egypt, Romania and Pakistan. By the 1970s, the CIA considered Ansary to be one of seventeen members of "the Shah's Inner Circle" and he was one of the Shah's top two choices to succeed Amir Abbas Hoveyda as Prime Minister. Ultimately, this appointment went to Jamshid Amouzegar, and Ansary became the leader of the Constructionist wing of the Rastakhiz party, which opposed Amouzegar's Progressive wing.
He is a diplomat, businessman, and philanthropist with a net worth of over $2 billion.Hushang Ansary served as Chief Executive Officer of IRI International Corporation since March 1997. He served as Chief Executive Officer of National Iranian Oil Company. He was an Economic and Finance Minister of Iran and Iranian Ambassador to the United States. He has been the Chairman of Stewart & Stevenson LLC since January 2006. He served as Chairman of National Iranian Oil Company. Ansary served as Chairman of Sun Resorts Ltd. N.V., since 1986 and Parman Capital Investments Ltd., since 1982. He also served as Chairman of Parman Capital Group, LLC. He also served as Chairman of IRI International Corporation from March 19, 1995 to June 2000. He serves as a Trustee Emeritus of Asia Society. He served as Trustee of Asia Society. Mr. Ansary served as a Director of National Oilwell Varco, Incorporated from June 2000 to March 2005. Hushang Ansary is a Trustee of the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation. He sits on the Board of Overseers of the Weill Cornell Medical College. He is a John Harvard Fellow and a member of the Senior Advisory Board of the Shorenstein Barone Center for the Press, Politics and Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government. He serves on the President’s Council of the Center for Middle East Public Policy at RAND.
Ansary is a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor (2003) and the Woodrow Wilson Award.
Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University established the Ansary Center for Stem Cell Therapeutics in 2004 in honor of a grant from Ansary and his wife Shahla.
The American Academy of Diplomacy's Ansary Outreach Program was a two-year series of discussions, lectures, and seminars about U.S. foreign policy which began in 2004.
The Ansary Gallery of American History at the George Bush Presidential Library was named in his honor in 2004.