Who is Kellyanne Conway?
Kellyanne Elizabeth Fitzpatrick was born on 20 January 1967, and is best known as a pollster, political advisor and pundit, who is at the moment serving as Counselor to the President in the administration of Donald Trump, the 45th president of the USA, having formerly been the manager of his presidential campaign. Prior to that, Kellyanne served as campaign manager and strategist for the Republican Party, and was earlier known as the president of The Polling Company, Inc./WomanTrend.
So just how rich is Kellyanne Conway as of early 2018? According to authoritative sources, this political advisor and pollster has a net worth of $40 million, accumulated from her over two decades long career in the political spectrum.
Family and Background
Kellyanne was born in Atco, New Jersey, to Catholic parents Diane Fitzpatrick, who was a bank worker of Italian lineage, and her father who had Irish roots and owned a transportation company, but they separated when she was three years old, and Conway was ultimately brought up by her mother, grandmother and two single aunts. She was a student of St. Joseph High School and spent some time in school being a cheerleader, singing in a choir and playing field hockey – Conway claims that she once stopped the kids who were bullying her overweight relative. She went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in political science, magna cum laude from Trinity College in Washington D.C., and subsequently attained a Juris Doctorate degree with honors from the George Washington University Law School in 1992.
Kellyane joined the polling business during her time in law school, doing the job of a research assistant for Wirthlin Group. Having graduated, she originally intended to work for a law firm, but began working as a judicial clerk for Judge Richard A. Levie of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Whilst being a university student at Trinity College, she made friends with the establisher Frank Luntz, at Oxford, on a year overseas, and so decided to work for Luntz Research Companies. However, as of 1995, Conway started her own business, named Polling Company, which consulted on consumer trends, typically concerning women, and her clientele included such as American Express, Hasbro and Vaseline.
Throughout the 90s, Conway and other conservative women such as Barbara Olson, Ann Coulter and Laura Ingraham collaborated in order to turn punditry into “stylish stardom”, both in Washington DC and on cable TV. Speaking about her career, Kellyanne stated that her “broad mind and small waist have not switched places”. Some of the politicians she worked for were Jack Kemp, Senator Fred Thompson, Dan Quayle and Mike Pence. Additionally, in 2012 Conway served as the senior advisor to Newt Gingrich during his unsuccessful presidential election campaign, and in the same year she also worked for Todd Akin.
Recognition and Television
Conway has made appearances as a commentator on polling on TV channels such as NBC, PBS, CNN, ABC and NY1, as well as in numerous radio programs. She was subsequently rewarded with the “Crystal Ball” award, given by the Washington Post, for precisely forecasting the end result of the 2004 election.
2016 Presidential Election
Regardless of being connected to Donald Trump for several years, partly because she resided in Trump World Tower from 2001 until 2008, Conway originally supported Trump’s opponent, Ted Cruz in the 2016 Republican presidential primaries, and established a committee best known as Keep the Promise I, which was practically completely financed by Robert Mercer, a businessman. Her organization additionally harshly criticized Donald Trump, describing him as “extreme” and stating that he was “not a conservative” In late January of 2016, Kellyanne called Trump “a man who seems to be offending his way to the nomination”, however, in June of the same year, right after Cruz’s suspension of his campaign, she quit the organization.
Conway’s Work With Trump
In early July 2016, Trump declared that he had employed Conway to serve in the position of senior advisor for his campaign. Conway ultimately advised on how to better appeal to female voters, and in August after Paul Manafort’s resignation, Kellyanne was named Trump’s third manager. She worked on that position for the following 10 weeks, ultimately becoming the first woman to effectively manage an American presidential campaign, in addition to becoming the first woman to run a Republican general election presidential campaign. She has been parodied on SNL since October 2016, and has been portrayed by Kate McKinnon, which she later on acknowledged in one interview.
In early November of the mentioned year, Kellyanne tweeted openly that Trump had offered her a job at the White House, adding later that month that “she could have any job she wanted”. Subsequently, Kellyanne explained to CNN that she was tweeting the things that she had previously discussed with Trump and Pence in person. During the same month, two leading sources of the Trump transition group told the press that Trump was mad at Kellyanne for the remarks she made on his administration cabinet appointments. However, Trump himself released a statement, proclaiming that the sources were incorrect and that he had expressed dissatisfaction regarding Conway’s criticism of the Republican politician and a former presidential candidate Mitt Romney. At the beginning of December, Kellyanne stated that the followers of Hillary Clinton, Trump’s opponent, were making death threats towards her, therefore, Trump assigned Secret Service to guard her, however, she gave up the Secret Service protection in September of the following year, stating that the number of threats had decreased.
Based on the statements of eyewitnesses, Kellyanne reportedly smacked a man at an exclusive ball shortly after Donald Trump was sworn in as President. Trying to break up the fight, Conway came between two men, however, as they wouldn’t stop the fight, she punched one of them in the face, but ultimately it wasn’t clear what caused the fight, and Conway didn’t make any comments regarding the situation.
Ban from “Morning Joe”
In mid-February 2017, “Morning Joe”, a nationwide television series broadcast on MSNBC, prohibited her from any further appearances. Joe Scarborough, the main host of the show explained the decision to ban Conway from any potential appearances, describing her as “out of the loop” and adding that she wasn’t present in any of the key meetings.
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) April 9, 2018
Conway has been married to George T. Conway III, a litigation partner at a law firm, since 2001. They have four kids including twins, and the family resides in Alpine, New Jersey. Before her marriage, she was involved with Fred Thompson, a late politician. Kellyanne spent her formative years sharing a house with the majority of her family, aside from her father who left the family when she was young, and her grandfather who lived in a different house.