George Bush is an American politician, author, and businessman who served as the 45th president of the United States and the 46th governor of Texas. Since leaving office in 2009, Bush has been focused on public speaking and writing while painting in his spare time.
An offspring from a family of elites, Bush’s success story is quite devoid of hurdles. His net worth is estimated at $35 million.
Brief History of George Bush
George Walker Bush was born on July 6, 1946, in New Haven, Connecticut into a highly political family. His father George Herbert Walker Bush served as the 41st President of the United States while his grandfather Prescott Bush was a US Senator from Connecticut. George’s brother Jeb Bush served as the 43rd governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007 and ran for president in the 2016 presidential elections.
Bush grew up in Midlands and Houston, Texas. He attended an all-male boarding high school Phillips Academy where he played on the baseball team. After graduation, Bush proceeded to study History at Yale University. In college, Bush played in the rugby team and was the president of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He was also part of the Skull and Bones secret society of which both his father and grandfather were members. Bush graduated in 1968 and enlisted in the Texas Air National Guard. He was honorably discharged from the Air Force Reserve on November 21, 1974.
George Bush Wife, Daughters and Family
George Bush’s immediate family is made of his wife, Laura Bush and his twin daughters Barbara Pierce and Jenna Bush. Bush and his wife met in 1977 and before the year was out, they were already man and wife. Their marriage is blessed with their two daughters born in 1981.
Though from a very powerful and significant political family in the United States, there is little or no likelihood that Barbara or even her sister, Jenna will be involved in active politics. They are however involved in charity activities that have been linked to their family.
Shortly after Guard duty, Bush enrolled at Harvard Business School and earned an MBA in 1975. Bush’s first interest was in the oil business. After graduating Harvard, he returned to his hometown of Texas and began working for a family friend’s oil business. Subsequently, Bush founded his own oil and gas business called Bush Exploration and soon made a fortune from it. However, in 1986 when his firm began struggling, he sold it to Harken Energy Corporation in exchange for a stock as well as a seat on its board of directors.
On June 22, 1990, Bush made $848,560 from selling his 212,140 shares at $4 per share. In 1989, alongside a group of investors, the man who would later become the US president bought the Texas Rangers baseball team after he invested about $800,000. Bush successfully served as the managing general partner of the franchise for 5 years and was actively involved in its projects. Fast forward 9 years later in 1998, Bush sold his shares in the team for over $15 million making 17 times more than his initial investment.
While managing his oil firm, Bush unsuccessfully ran for House of Representatives. Nevertheless, he continued on his political path when in 1988 he moved his family to Washington DC and served on the campaign team of his father who was bidding for the White House. A couple of years after his father lost his re-election to Bill Clinton, Bush ran for governor of Texas in 1995. He easily won the Republican nomination and later defeated incumbent Democrat Ann Richards to become the first child of a US President to be elected governor. George Bush won his re-election in 1998 to become the first Texas governor to be elected for two consecutive four-year tenures.
The man entered the US presidential race in 1999 and emerged as the Republican nominee. He proceeded to win the highly controversial presidential elections against Al Gore. Despite criticisms surrounding his first term in office including the 9/11 attacks in 2001, Bush won his re-election in 2004 against Democratic Massachusetts Senator John Kerry. He had a rocky final year in office in 2008 as a result of the two foreign wars which left the country in huge financial crisis and debt. Throughout his 8 years in office, Bush earned about $3.6 million in salary. He also earned an extra $900,000 in travel allowance.
George Bush left the White House in January 2009 and was succeeded by Barack Hussein Obama. Between 2009 and 2011, Bush made $11 million, most of which came from speaking engagements charged at $150,000 each. Bush and wife Laura settled in Dallas, Texas, from where he began penning books.
His memoir “Decision Points” published in November 2010 debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and sold over 2 million copies after barely two months. Mr. Bush continues to make sporadic public appearances. In 2013, he opened his presidential library, The George W. Bush Presidential Center which is situated inside the Southern Methodist University campus in University Park, Texas.
George Bush Height and Other Facts
Bush is seen as one of the most dramatic presidents in the history of the United States until the coming of Donald Trump. Because of this, there are many reports on Bush such as the false claim that he has the lowest IQ among all other presidents of the US. Here, however, are some facts about the man:
- He was born George Walker Bush on July 6, 1946, as the eldest child of George H. W. Bush and Barbara Pierce
- At the age of 20 when he was still at Yale, Bush was arrested for stealing a Christmas wreath.
- When he was 30, Bush was again arrested, but this time it was for DUI.
- Bush lost the first election he contested in 1978 to fill an open seat in the House of Representative.
- He took the oath of office on January 20, 2001, as the 43rd president of the United States.
- Apart from John Quincy Adams who became president after his father, John Adams, George Bush is the only president of the US whose father has also been president.
- George W. Bush who stands at a height of 1.82 m or 5 foot 11 inches is shorter than his father (George H.W. Bush) who has been described as one of America’s tallest presidents with a height of 1.88m or 6 foot 2 inches.
- Just like Donald Trump (2016), John Quincy Adams (1824), Rutherford B. Hayes (1876), and Benjamin Harrison (1888), George Bush became president without winning the popular votes in 2000.