The Rivkin-Alter power network

By Laurie Bennett

March 30, 2013 at 10:53am

While the Rivkin-Alter family has done well during the Obama years, its reach has grown over generations.

The Muckety map below centers on brothers Charles and Robert Rivkin.

Charles Rivkin is U.S. ambassador to France, named by President Obama after raising money for the 2008 campaign.

Charles H. Rivkin
Charles H. Rivkin

His brother, Robert Rivkin, is general counsel to the Department of Transportation. Robert Rivkin’s wife, Cindy Moelis, heads the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships. Both were bundlers for Obama in 2008.

Their cousins, Jonathan and Elizabeth Alter, are also power players in political and media spheres. Jonathan Alter is a former columnist and senior editor with Newsweek. He now writes for Bloomberg View and appears frequently on NBC and MSNBC.

His sister Elizabeth, better known as “Jamie,” raised money for both of Obama’s presidential campaigns. She’s married to Michael Lynton, chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

About the preceding generations: Charles Rivkin is the godson of Vice President Hubert Humphrey. The Rivkins’ mother and the Alters’ mother were sisters, granddaughters of the founder of J.K. Industries in Chicago.

The Rivkin brothers’ father, William R. Rivkin, was a prominent Democratic backer who served as U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg during the Kennedy administration, and ambassador to Senegal and Gambia under Lyndon Johnson.

The Foreign Service presents the annual Rivkin Award in his honor.

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