US President-elect Donald Trump announced he will name his 36-year-old son-in-law Jared Kushner a senior advisor to the POTUS. Married to Trump’s daughter Ivanka since 2009, Kushner has been a prominent member of Trump’s inner circle during the presidential campaign and the transition, in charge of candidate Trump’s digital media strategy.
Formerly a Democrat and having no previous experience in government like Trump, Kushner has been a Chief Executive Officer at Kushner Companies, a real estate development firm, since 2008 and the owner of the New York Observer, a weekly New York City newspaper now a pure player, since 2006.
Raised as an Orthodox Jewish in New Jersey, Kushner graduated from Harvard College with a BA in Sociology in 2003 and from New York University (NYU) with a JD and a MBA in 2007. His father, real estate developer Charles Kushner, served 14 months in prison in 2005 for illegal campaign contributions, tax evasion and witness tampering and is famous for having contributed millions dollars donations to many education institutions.
Now leaving a multi-billion dollars transactions firm for the White House, “Kushner is committed to complying with federal ethics laws,” Kushner’s WilmerHale lawyer said in a statement. Ranked 25th out of Fortune Magazine’s 40 under 40 in 2015, Kushner will likely become the world’s most influential young people under 40 on January 20, 2017.
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