|Born||Antony John Blinken|
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Alma mater||Harvard University, Columbia University|
|Parents|| • Donald M. Blinken|
• Judith Blinken
|Member of||French-American Foundation/Young Leaders, Trilateral Commission, WestExec Advisors|
Tony Blinken is an American government official and lobbyist. He worked as Deputy National Security Advisor from 2013 to 2015 and Deputy Secretary of State from 2015 to 2017 under Secretary of State John Kerry and President Barack Obama. Blinken has been chosen by President-elect Joe Biden as his nominee for the position of Secretary of State.
Blinken was born in New York City to Jewish parents, Judith (Frehm) and Donald M. Blinken, the former United States Ambassador to Hungary and one of the founders of deep state connected private equity firm Warburg Pincus.
Tony's paternal grandfather, Maurice Henry Blinken was an early backer of Israel who and commissioned an economic feasibility study which argued that an independent Jewish state was economically viable there.
In 1971, age 9, he moved to Paris with his mother Judith and attorney Samuel Pisar, whom she married following her divorce from Donald. Pisar was the longtime lawyer and confidant of media tycoon and Israeli agent Robert Maxwell. Pisar was possibly the last person to speak to Maxwell before he "fell from his luxury yacht" in November 1991.
He was a member of the National Security Council (NSC) staff from 1994 to 2001. From 1994 to 1998, Blinken was Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Strategic Planning and NSC Senior Director for Speechwriting. From 1999 to 2001, he was Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for European and Canadian Affairs.
He supported the U.S.–led invasion of Iraq in 2003. Blinken assisted Biden in formulating a proposal in the Senate to establish in Iraq three independent regions divided along ethnic or sectarian lines.
While nominally "expressing support for the democratically elected Turkish government",he tried to protect US assets by criticizing the purges of officers and others after the CIA-supported coup attempt in 2016.
At the American Jewish Committee Global Forum 2015, Blinken, then part of the Obama administration, promised "We will continue to stand with Israel and against one-sided, biased resolutions – even if we are the only country on earth to do so",  a theme he repeated at an AIPAC Policy Luncheon in 2017, "Every year, at the UN in New York and its various governing bodies, the U.S. has taken the lead in either successfully blocking anti-Israel resolutions" and "and reiterated our commitment to stand with Israel at the UN now and for all time."
He supported the Saudi-led and US backed invasion of Yemen.
In 2020, Blinken disclosed the clients he advised through WestExec Advisors. Those clients included the investment giant Blackstone, Bank of America, Facebook, Uber, McKinsey & Company, the Japanese conglomerate SoftBank, the pharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences, the investment bank Lazard, Boeing, AT&T, the Royal Bank of Canada, LinkedIn and Sotheby’s auction house. WestExec has paid Blinken nearly $1.2 million during 2018-19, with another estimated $250,000 to $500,000 owed for his work in 2020.
Blinken, as well as other Biden transition team members Michele Flournoy, former Pentagon advisor, and Lloyd Austin, nominee for Secretary of Defense, was a partner of private equity firm Pine Island Capital Partners, a strategic partner of WestExec. Pine Island's chairman is John Thain, the final chairman of Merrill Lynch before its sale to Bank of America.