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Possible US ambassador to the UK nominee: Editor of Vogue

By Doug Powers  •  December 4, 2012 12:00 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

According to Bloomberg News, President Obama nominated 59 ambassadors in his first term, and 40 of them were heavy-hitting bundlers for his campaign. By that measure, Vogue editor-in-chief and Obamaphile clothier of choice Anna Wintour is more than qualified to serve on the US diplomatic corps, and she might get the opportunity:

President Barack Obama is considering nominating Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue, as his next ambassador to either the U.K. or France as he looks to reward his biggest fundraisers with embassies never out of fashion, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Wintour, 63, may have some competition for the London posting; Matthew Barzun, finance chairman of Obama’s presidential campaign, also is interested in the job, officially known as ambassador to the Court of St. James’s, said the people, who requested anonymity when discussing possible personnel moves.

Both Wintour and Barzun were among Obama’s biggest bundlers of donations in the campaign, with each raising more than $500,000 to help re-elect the president. Marc Lasry, the managing partner and founder of Avenue Capital Management, also wants the Paris embassy, said the people.

Wintour, as you might recall, co-hosted a $40,000 per plate fundraiser at the home of Sarah Jessica Parker to raise money for “that guy.”

The current US ambassador to the UK is Louis Susman, who was — you guessed it — an Obama campaign bundler.

**Written by Doug Powers

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