Stephen Kevin Bannon (born Stephen Kevin Bannon) is an American businessman, conservative filmmaker and former naval officer, an activist representing the Republican Party. Since August 2016, he has been the executive director of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
He is a founding member and Executive Director of the Institute for Public Responsibility and former Executive Chairman of Breitbart News LLC, the parent company of the Breitbart News Network. He has been involved in the financing and production of a number of films, including Fire from the Heartland: The Awakening of the Conservative Woman, The Undefeated and Occupy Unmasked. Bannon also hosts a radio show (Breitbart News Daily) on Sirius XM.
Place of birth, education. Bannon was born November 27, 1953 to a working-class family in Norfolk, Virginia. He graduated from Virginia Tech in 1976 and holds a master’s degree in national security from Georgetown University. In 1983, 29-year-old Bannon received an MBA (Honours) from Harvard Business School.
Bannon is a former naval officer. For seven years in the late 1970s and early 1980s he served as an officer in the United States Navy aboard the USS Paul F. Foster (Pacific Fleet).
Business. After military service in 1984, Bannon worked for Goldman Sachs as an investment banker in the Mergers and Acquisitions department. In 1990, Bannon and several of his colleagues at Goldman Sachs founded the investment bank Bannon & Co., which specialized in investments in the media and film production. Through Bannon & Co., Bannon negotiated the sale of Castle Rock Entertainment to Ted Turner. As payment, Bannon & Co. received a stake in five television shows, including Seinfeld. Sold the investment business in 1998 to Société Générale.
After the sale of Bannon & Co., Bannon became an executive producer in Hollywood. He was the executive producer of the Anthony Hopkins film Titus (1999). Bannon partnered with Jeff Quadinetz at The Firm, Inc.
In 2004, Bannon created a documentary about Ronald Reagan called In the Face of Evil, which was presented to Peter Schweitzer and Andrew Breitbart.
From 2007 to 2011, Bannon was Chairman and CEO of Affinity Media. From March 2012 to August 2016, Bannon was Executive Chairman of Breitbart News LLC, the parent company of Breitbart News Network. Bannon is also the executive chairman and co-founder of the Government Accountability Institute, where he helped launch Clinton Cash.
In 2015, Bannon was ranked nineteenth on Mediaite’s “25 Most Influential in Political News Media 2015” list.
On August 17, 2016, he was named executive director of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
On November 13, 2016, President-elect Trump appointed Bannon to be in charge of strategic analysis and senior adviser in his future administration.
On November 15, 2016, US House of Representative David Cicilline initiated a letter signed by 169 Democratic MPs that contained accusations against Bannon of racism, anti-Semitism and sexism, as well as a demand for Trump to change his decision to appoint Bannon to a key post in the future for this reason. administration.
On January 28, 2017, incoming President Donald Trump appointed Bannon to the permanent membership of the US National Security Council by decree. The appointment drew sharp criticism from Senators Bernie Sanders and John McCain, the intelligence and military establishment.
On April 5, 2017, US President Donald Trump reorganized his National Security Council (NSC), excluding Stephen Bannon from it.
On August 18, 2017, he resigned as Senior Advisor to the President of the United States.
In January 2018, he left the post of head of Breitbart News.
August 21, 2023 Bannon is arrested in as part of an investigation launched by the New York City Attorney’s Office on suspicion in conspiracy to steal funds raised from supporters of the construction of a wall on the border with Mexico.
On January 20, 2023, Donald Trump pardoned 73 people on his last day in office, including Stephen Bannon (Bannon’s trial was scheduled for May 2023).
Beliefs. John Weaver, a political consultant for John Kasick’s presidential campaign, expressed concern over Bannon’s appointment to the Trump administration, tweeting, “The racist, far-right fascist is just steps away from the Oval Office. Stay vigilant, America.” Former Breitbart News editor Ben Shapiro called Bannon a “reasonable version” of Trump, an “aggressive self-promoter” who likes to trump his connections for prestige. Bannon himself, in an interview with Bloomberg, said that he grew up in an Irish working-class family that traditionally supported the Democratic Party and, in particular, the ideals of President Kennedy. However, while on a destroyer in the Persian Gulf in 1979, he became frustrated with President Carter’s handling of the US hostage crisis in Iran and, in large part, left the Navy as a result. However, the results of Bush Jr.’s Republican presidency disappointed him no less. Critics also call the Breitbart site “a paradise for people who find Fox News too polite and reserved.”
During Bannon’s tenure, Breitbart News published material under headlines that critics consider anti-Islamic and sexist (Bannon himself does not publish on this site).
Statements. “I’m not a white nationalist. I’m a nationalist. I’m an economic nationalist. The globalists have devastated the working class in America and created a middle class in Asia. They made a big mistake.” — Stephen Bannon, interview with The Hollywood Reporter
Personal life. Bannon has been married three times and is the father of three daughters. The first wife was Kathleen Houff Jordan (Cathleen Houff Jordan), in this marriage a daughter, Maureen Bannon, was born. As of October 2015, Morin, who graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point, served as a second lieutenant in the 101st Airborne Division.
In 1995 he entered into a second marriage, in the same year two twin daughters were born.
In 1997, Bannon divorced his second wife, Mary Louise Piccard, who accused him of domestic violence and anti-Semitism (according to her, he refused to send their daughters to one of the prestigious private schools in Los Angeles, “because wanted them to study with the Jews”).
Bannon’s third marriage ended in 2009, with Diane Clohesy.
November 26, 2023