Steve Bannon Biography
Steve Bannon is a former executive chairman of ‘Breitbart News,’ who is well-known for becoming the CEO of Donald Trump‘s 2016 presidential campaign and then senior counselor to the 45th U.S. president. Moreover, Bannon is the producer, writer or director of several films such as Clinton Cash, Sweetwater, The Indian Runner and much more. He has married thrice and father of three adult daughters.
Steve Bannon Early Life & Education
Born with the name as Stephen Kevin Bannon was born on November 27, 1953, to Doris and Martin Bannon in Norfolk, Virginia. He grew up with his four siblings in nearby Richmond. His mother Doris was a homemaker whereas his father Martin Bannon used to work as an AT&T telephone lineman, he later referred to his household as a “blue-collar, Irish Catholic, pro-Kennedy, a pro-union family of Democrats.”
Bannon went to attend the all-boys’ Benedictine High School and then Virginia Tech, where he displayed an affection for disrupting the political state quote by obtaining a passionate race for student body leader as a junior.
Steve Bannon during his early age
Source: The Virginian-Pilot
Later, he received a master’s degree in national security studies from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. Bannon obtained a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School in 1985.
Steve Bannon Military Service, Finance, and Entertainment Mogul
After Steve’s graduation, he went to the Navy, working as an auxiliary engineer and a navigator. He later converted a special assistant to the chief of naval operations at the Pentagon. After completing his graduation from Harvard Business School, he became a mergers and acquisitions banker with Goldman Sachs.
Steve established Bannon & Co., a boutique investment bank that specialized in media in 1990. He promptly brokered a contract that settled him an ownership stake in the program “Seinfeld“, which ultimately produced massive gains through syndication.
Steve Bannon Senior Year 1972
Benedictine High School, Richmond, VA
Military Court; Steve is on the left
After trading his company, Bannon converted a partner in an entertainment production and management company named “The Firm” in 1998. He also dedicated more his time to own creative interests, adapting a book about Ronald Reagan into a 2004 biopic named “In the Face of Evil”.
Bannon became the CEO of an online gaming company but found his interest shifted to political matters, especially in the wake of the financial breakdown of 2008. He published a series of politically charged documentaries, containing “Battle for America” (2010), and The Undefeated (2011), a profile of 2008 vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Additionally, he founded a firm research organization named the Government Accountability Institute (GAI).
Steve Bannon Breitbart’ Chairman
Steve Bannon became close to Andrew Breitbart, a conservative writer, and editor who established his own website in 2007. Bannon became a member of the board “Breitbart News Network” in 2011, and preceding the sudden death of its founder, he got over as executive chairman in 2012.
Breitbart made a remarkable change under Bannon’s watch, tracking farther to the right to publish anti-immigration pieces, mock political truth and bash Republican elites, comprising retired House Speaker John Boehner. Along with provocative titles, the site added a comments section in which white nationalists unabashedly expressed their opinions.
Breitbart continued to expand its audience through social media and development overseas. In 2015, Bannon started hosting the radio talk show “Breitbart News Daily”, which became a forum for alt-right cases and often starred Donald Trump, then in the early grades of his upstart presidential campaign.
Steve Bannon Trump Adviser
Steve Bannon was elected as a chief executive officer of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign on August 17, 2016. Upon Trump’s success in November’s election, Bannon was named chief strategist and senior counselor to the President-elect.
Bannon has been involved of racism and antisemitism and opposed by groups such as Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the Council on American–Islamic Relations, the Southern Poverty Law Center. But, many leading Jewish groups and individuals have come out in his support, arguing antisemitic accusations against Bannon.The Republican Jewish Coalition, the Zionist Organization of America, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, and many more in the Jewish community have supported Bannon facing charges of antisemitism.
While Bannon was in the White House, he was strongly demonized and probed by many protesters/activists and media outlets. In February 2017, Time magazine highlighted him on their cover, with the name “the Great Manipulator”. Some have even recommended that Bannon is drawing Trump’s lines.
Steve Bannon on Time cover
Source: The Hill
Bannon reportedly argued often with other White House advisers and Trump family members during the tumultuous early months of the administration, which saw several key staffers leave including National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and Press Secretary Sean Spicer. On August 18, 2017, new outlets reported that Bannon would also exit the White House, after seven months on the job.
The White House said Chief of Staff John Kelly and Bannon agreed that August 18, 2017, would be Bannon’s last day. On the same day, Breitbart declared that Bannon would return as executive chairman and he immediately returned to chair an editorial meeting at the organization.
“If there’s any confusion out there, let me clear it up: I’m leaving the White House and going to war for Trump against his opponents on Capitol Hill, in the media, and in corporate America,” Bannon said in an interview with Bloomberg.
Nearly one year after he hired on with the Trump campaign, Steve Bannon was fired/resigned/quit/whatever. Now, he regards himself on the layoff line. Sucks to be Steve right now.
Have a look Donald J. Trump’s Twitt;
I want to thank Steve Bannon for his service. He came to the campaign during my run against Crooked Hillary Clinton – it was great! Thanks S
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 19, 2017
Steve Bannon Personal Life
Steve Bannon has married thrice. Firstly he was married to Cathleen Suzanne Houff. The couple has a daughter named Maureen Bannon born in 1988.
Bannon then married second time with Mary Louise Piccard, a former investment banker, in April 1995. After three days of their wedding, their twin daughters were born. However, Steve was charged with domestic violence as his wife had accused him of grabbing her neck and wrist during an argument about money in 1996. He then filed for divorce from Mary in 1997.
Stephen Bannon’s former wife and his twin daughter
Then, he married to Diane Clohessy, but their relationship did not work out and ended in a divorce in 2009.
Steve Bannon Networth
Stephen Bannon is one of the standouts. Bannon operated assets worth between $8.2 million and $40.5 million when he entered the White House, most of it in Bannon Strategic Advisors, his consultancy, which paid him $493,836 last year.
He has four outstanding mortgages, worth between $1.1 million and $2.25 million, and took out a 3.5% interest rate loan from Cambridge Analytica worth between $50,000 and $100,000: He has included in many industries including investment banking, filmmaking, and the media. As of now, his estimated net worth has $48 million.