John Forbes Kerry was born on December 11, 1943 in Aurora Colorado. åÊKerry’s father, Richard John Kerry, served in the Army Air Corps and the went on to become a Foreign Service Officer with the State Department as well as an attorney. åÊRichard Kerry’s paternal grandparents immigrated from Austria and Hungary. åÊKerry’s mother, Rosemary Isabel Forbes, was a nurse during World War II and her father was James Grant Forbes II. åÊWe do not know who James Grant Forbes II is either but he sounds pretty impressive. åÊActually if you guessed that he is a member of the prestigious Forbes family you would be right, but if you guessed that the prestigious Forbes family is related to the magazine you would be mistaken. åÊThey are ironically unrelated. åÊKerry’s mother’s mother was Margaret Tyndal Winthrop member of the Dudley-Winthrop family – another impressive sounding blue-blood name. åÊJust to make sure that Kerry came from American aristocracy we can also say that his Mother’s paternal grandfather was Robert Charles Winthrop the 22nd Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives putting 3rd in theåÊline of succession to the presidency. åÊKerry himself is first cousin to French politician Brice Laionde. åÊOui, it’s true. åÊThough Kerry’s extended family was outrageously wealthy, his immediate family growing up was “just” upper middle-class. åÊHowever a wealthy aunt paid for Kerry to attend elite schools in Europe and New England including St. Pauls in Concord, NH. åÊWhile his father was stationed in Oslo Norway for the State Department, Kerry attended the prestigious Fessenden all-boys school in 1957. åÊHe was 14 years old. åÊKerry also attended Yale University where he played soccer, hockey, lacrosse, practiced fencing, learned to fly, and was an accomplished debater. åÊToday Kerry is a devout catholic and avid cyclist.
After getting his degree at Yale Kerry enlisted in the U.S. Navy Reserve (1966) and a few months later started active duty service. åÊHe promptly went to Officer Candidate School and received a commission late in 1966. åÊFor his time in Vietnam as commander of river boats he received 2 purple hearts. åÊWhen Kerry returned from the war he was very active in Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW). åÊIn 1972 he made a failed attempt for the U.S. House of Representatives. He then went and got his law degree from Boston College in 1976. åÊAfter law school Kerry became a DA and was appointed to first assistant DA after only 1 year. åÊIn 1984 he ran for Senate and won. åÊKerry held the seat from 1985 to 2013. åÊMost people know Kerry for winning the democratic nomination and running against George W. Bush in 2004 for U.S. President. åÊKerry evidentially did become a member of the Executive Branch when he was appointed Secretary of State in 2013 under the Obama administration.
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2. Income & Salary
Kerry’s net worth is often talked about in relation to his 2nd and current wife Teresa Heinz who has a net worth estimated between $165 million to $3.2 billion depending on who you ask. åÊForbes pegged her net worth at $750 million. åÊWhen asked, NetWorthEnvy.com’s research staff said the official estimate of Teresa Heinz net worth is “fifty-eleven gamillion whole dollar bills ya’ll.” åÊWhat isåÊnotåÊtalked about much is Kerry has his own money and the two signed a prenuptial agreement agreeing to keep their assets separate. åÊSo in fact Teresa’s money is not Kerry’s money really and truly, but they sure do share a lot of stuff. åÊKerry himself has an estimated net worth of $220 million. åÊHe has done quite well for himself as beneficiary of at least four trusts inherited from Forbes family members. åÊIf he had been elected president it would be estimated that he would have been the 3rd richest president in U.S. history adjusted for inflation.
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3. Estimated Net Worth
Kerry and Heinz own together at least 6 properties we know about. åÊThere is the $7 million Boston townhome in Beacon Hill; the $9million beach house on Nantucket; a $5 million ski lodge in Idaho; a $4 million little estate in PA; the Heinz family estate Pittsburgh worth about sixty gajillion monies and a $5 million dollar house in Georgetown. åÊNot tooåÊbad Mr. Secretary!