“In life, at least in diplomatic life, it’s not the hands you shake but the hearts you touch and you indeed touch our hearts...”
His Excellency Jan Eliasson
President of the United Nations General Assembly 60th Session
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sweden
Daughter of the late United States Ambassador and Mrs. Henry Serrano Villard, Alexandra Villard de Borchgrave was born in Washington, DC and spent her formative years in Norway, Libya and Switzerland. She was educated at Brillantmont in Lausanne, graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a degree in Political Science, and attended the Islamic Institute at the Sorbonne. In Paris she met her husband, internationally renowned journalist Arnaud de Borchgrave. Born Count Arnaud de Borchgrave d'Altena in Belgium, he gave up his title to become an American citizen.