U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia
The U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia is the head of the U.S. Mission to Saudi Arabia. When U.S. military forces, not directly attached to the Embassy, have been in the Kingdom, they generally do not report to the Ambassador as had been the case in the Vietnam War, but are subordinate to United States Central Command.
This list begins with the first diplomats accredited as full Ambassadors, rather than at a lower political rank. The Ambassadorship has been vacant at times, but charges d'affaires ad interim are not included.
|J. Rives Childs||1949-1950||Career|
|Hermann F. Eilts||1966-1970||Career|
|William J. Porter||1975-1977||Career|
In 2003, Ambassador Robert Jordan left after 16 months, officially for personal reasons, but there were reports he displeased the Saudi government. He made three public or semi-public statements of concern: 
- Following a May 12, 2003 bombing of expatriate housing in Riyadh, he told CBS News and the New York Times that requests for additional security had been ignored, praising Crown Prince Abdullah and Saudi foreign minister Prince Saud al-Faisal and indirectly criticizing Interior Minister Prince Nayef
- In a September 15, 2003 Time magazine story, he was quoted, in response to Prince Saud al-Faisal's statement on terrorist funding: "The money aspect is now completely controlled, and your government knows it" with the remark "It is sort of like trying to stamp out crabgrass. As soon as you stamp one [funding organization] out, something springs up somewhere else under a different name."
- On July 9, the London-based pan-Arab newspaper al-Quds al-Arabi, which has an anti-Saudi editorial policy, said Jordan had voiced opinions about the Saudi succession at a dinner party, which implied that Princes Sultan and Nayef should be bypassed. He was also reported to have said his remarks "had been taken out of context, had been of a personal nature and were not an attempt to send a message from the U.S. government."
Former Ambassador Chas Freeman (1989-1992) resigned his recent appointment as incoming chairman of the National Intelligence Council. He was president of the Middle East Policy Council, which received funding from the Saudi government, and was on the international board of advisers to a Chinese-government owned oil company. Republicans on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence sent a letter to Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair, concerned about conflict of interest. Freeman had also been critical of Israel.
Ford Fraker, the immediate past Ambassador to the Kingdom, who extended his term, to ease transition, at the request of the Obama Administration, has been hired by the private equity firm firm of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.. He was appointed to the ambassadorship after he had left the management committee of Saudi International Bank, having worked there for many years, to form his own company. The Wall Street Journal said KKR hired him to build its business in the Middle East. 
- Associated Press (9 June 2009), Raytheon exec nominated to US ambassador to Saudi Arabia
- Rob Dreher (17 June 2002), "Their Men in Riyadh: Ex-U.S. ambassadors who stick with the Saudis.", National Review
- Simon Henderson (2 October 2003), Inconsistent U.S. Representation in Saudi Arabia: A Continuing Problem, Washington Institute for Near East Policy
- Pamela Hess (11 March 2009), "Former US diplomat quits post as analyst", Associated Press
- Andrew Critchlow (18 May 2009), "KKR Hires Former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia", Wall Street Journal