Early life and education
Burt was born on February 3, 1947 in the mining town of Sewell in Chile. He attended Cornell University, where he was a member of Alpha Delta Phi.He earned his bachelor's degree, and earned a master's degree in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in 1971.
Following graduate school, he was selected for a research fellowship at the United States Naval War College. Following this fellowship, Burt moved to London to work as a research associate and later Assistant Director of the International Institute of Strategic Studies. In 1977, he was hired by The New York Times to work as a correspondent on national security issues.
From 1977 until 1980 he reported from Washington for the New York Times on national security issues. Prior to his management position at Diligence, he worked from 1992 – 1995 as a partner at the consulting company McKinsey.
Burt began working for the United States Department of State in the early 1980s. In 1981, he was appointed Director of Politico-Military Affairs, and in 1983 Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian Affairs. Between 1985 and 1989, he served as US Ambassador in Bonn, after previously heading up the Europe section at the State Department. Burt was chief negotiator at the Strategic Arms Reduction Talks with Russia.
In 2000, he, Charles David Powell and others founded the Washington, D.C.,-based private intelligence and risk-assessment and management firm Diligence with Diligence Europe headed by Michael Howard. According to E. P. Heidner, "Diligence and its sister company New Bridge... demonstrat[es] the Western political and financial muscle working with the Yeltsin family".
While he chaired Diligence, Nathaniel Rothschild, a close friend of Oleg Deripaska, purchased a large stake in Diligence. While Deripaska was banned from entering the United State from 1998-2010, he hired Diligence for corporate intelligence gathering, visa lobbying through its considerable GOP connections and, crucially, helping to obtain a $150 million World Bank/European Bank for Reconstruction and Development loan for the Komi Aluminum Project at Sosnogorsk, Komi Republic, a Deripaska subsidiary of Rusal. Through the support from Diligence, Deripaska received a multiple entry visa to the United States in December 2005.
From the spring to October of 2005, Diligence performed Project Yucca for BGR[a] in which the auditing firm KPMG was infiltrated by Diligence in order to obtain KPMG's audit of the Jeffrey Galmond and Leonid Reiman associated firm IPOC International Growth Fund for the benefit of Alfa Group's telecom subsidiary Altimo. During Project Yucca, the shareholders of Diligence were CEO Nick Day who was a former British agent, the Chairman of Diligence Richard Burt, the Exxel Group which is a Buenos Aires private equity firm, and ppEdward Mathias]] from the Carlyle Group which is a private equity company from Washington D.C.
The Bermuda government had accused the IPOC International Growth Fund, which is a Bermuda registered owner of Russian telecoms, of money laundering and also accused Diligence of impersonating secret service personnel. KPMG successfully sued Diligence for fraud and unjust enrichment and received a settlement of $1.7 million from Diligence on June 20, 2006.
In 2007, he left Diligence to work with Henry Kissinger's consulting firm, Kissinger McLarty Associates.
He has also worked as a partner in consulting firms McKinsey and Company and now serves as a managing partner of McLarty Associates in Washington, D.C. In addition, he has served on boards for the Atlantic Council, Deutsche Bank's Scudder and Germany mutual fund families, America Abroad Media, International Games Technology, UBS mutual funds, a member of the senior advisory board of Alfa Bank in Moscow until November 2016, an advisor to European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) North America’s board until November 2016, and Textron Corporation. Burt is also a Senior Advisor to the [[Center for Strategic and International Studies] and U.S. Chair of Global Zero. He has lobbied on behalf of LOT Polish Airlines, the Capital Bank of Jordan, and Ukrainian construction firm TMM. He has a working relationship with Mikhail Fridman who is closely associated with the Alfa Group.
In 2014 through early 2016, Burt served as an unpaid foreign policy advisor for Rand Paul's campaign for president. Burt is a board member of the Center for the National Interest. Burt was the top national security adviser to the 2016 Trump campaign.
During the first two quarters of 2016, McLarty Associates received $365,000 to lobby for New European Pipeline AG, a firm owned by Russian oil company Gazprom. Beginning in February 2016, he and a colleague represented the five European energy companies investing in Nord Stream II, an expansion of the Nord Stream pipeline which would allow Russian gas to reach Europe without going through Belarus or Ukraine.
Events Participated in
|Bilderberg/1984||11 May 1984||13 May 1984||Sweden|
The Grand Hotel
|Bilderberg/1986||25 April 1986||27 April 1986||Scotland|
|Bilderberg/1987||24 April 1987||26 April 1987||Italy|
|Bilderberg/1990||10 May 1990||13 May 1990||New York|