Former Los Angeles Dodgers President and CEO Jamie McCourt — a polarizing figure often derided in Los Angeles sports circles — has been appointed as the U.S. ambassador to Belgium by President Donald Trump.
McCourt was fired as the Dodgers CEO in 2009 shortly after her separation from Frank McCourt. Their divorce was finalized in 2012. The couple took control of the Dodgers in a controversial sale, and were the targets of negative publicity and outrage for their actions with the team.
The Los Angeles Times sports columnist would regularly refer to Frank McCourt as the “parking lot attendant” as he made millions owning parking lots on the east coast.
Jamie McCourt founded the investment firm Jamie Enterprises in 2009 which primarily invests in high-value real estate, biotechnology ventures and technology startups.
McCourt was an early investor in the peer-to-peer car sharing service ZipCar and the clinical-stage pharmaceutical company Kite Pharma. She is also an investor in a variety of culinary ventures.
McCourt is also a member of the boards of trustees of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art.
The appointment announcement pointed out that previous U.S. ambassadors to Belgium include Hugh Legare, an attorney general in the administration of President John Tyler, Charles Sawyer, a secretary of commerce under President Harry Truman, and John Eisenhower, a son of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Like all ambassadorial appointments, McCourt’s nomination is subject to Senate confirmation.
—City News Service
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