During 34 years of service in the United States Army, Clark rose to the rank of four-star general as NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander in Europe. After his retirement in 2000, he became an investment banker, author, commentator and businessman. In September 2003, he entered politics as a Democratic candidate for President of the United States. His campaign won the state of Oklahoma before he returned to the private sector in February 2004.
In his final military command, Clark commanded Operation Allied Force, NATO’s first major combat action, which saved 1.5 million Albanians from ethnic cleansing in Kosovo. He was also responsible for the peacekeeping operation in Bosnia.
Clark’s awards and honors include the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the State Department Distinguished Service Award, the U.S. Department of Defense Distinguished Service Medal (five awards), the US Army Distinguished Service Medal (two awards), the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, and Honorary Knighthoods from the British and Dutch governments.
He is the author of two books and is seen as a guest commentator on many national news programs.
Clark graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1966 as valedictorian of his class, and completed two degrees at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. He is also a graduate of the Ranger and Airborne schools.
Today, Clark is an investment banker and is active in the finance, technology and energy fields. He currently serves in leadership roles with a number of for profit and non-profit organizations, including Chairman of New York investment bank Rodman and Renshaw, Chairman of Wesley K. Clark and Associates, a strategic consulting firm, Trustee of the International Crisis Group, and Chairman of City Year Little Rock, as well as a member of other private and public boards.