In 1967, Nelson and Winthrop Rockefeller became the first siblings to simultaneously govern two U.S. states; New York and Arkansas, respectively. That feat was not achieved again for a while until 1998 when George and Jeb Bush were both elected to the helm of affairs in Texas and Florida.
The Bush brothers, whose father served as President of the United States from 1989 to 1993, tried to make the record books their own by becoming the first siblings to hold the highest office in the land. George Bush served as president from 2001 to 2009 and Jeb had a go at it in 2016 but was unsuccessful in his bid. While it is not clear what the future holds, the former Florida governor still has a chance to ensure that the Bush family is the most powerful of all political dynasties in America with future bids to the office.
Who is Jeb Bush and How Old is He?
Jeb Bush was born John Ellis Bush, the second son and third child of future U.S. President George H. W. Bush and wife Barbara, on the 11th of February, 1953 in Midland, Texas. His name Jeb was coined from his initials. His siblings are George, Robin, Neil, Marvin, and Dorothy. Robin passed away when he was eight months old.
Jeb attended Grady Elementary School in Houston, Texas before enrolling at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. He struggled with his grades in his earlier years but ended up graduating as an honour student. He was also an active tennis player, playing and serving as the captain of his school’s tennis team. For his university education, he attended the University of Texas at Austin where he carried on playing his favourite sport for the Texas Longhorns varsity tennis team. In two and a half years, Jeb was able to finish his coursework to graduate with a magna cum laude Bachelor of Arts degree in Latin American Studies.
Following the completion of his education, Jeb Bush took an entry-level position at the international division of Texas Commerce Bank in 1974. By 1981, after his father had assumed the office of the Vice President under Ronald Reagan’s presidency, he moved to Miami-Dade County, Florida where he joined forces with a self-made millionaire, Armando Codina, to run a real estate development business.
By the mid-1980s, Jeb Bush, whose only previous political experience was working as an unpaid volunteer in his father’s campaign, became the Chairman of the Dade County Republican Party. In 1986, after the election of Bob Martinez as the Governor of Florida, Jeb was appointed Florida’s Secretary of Commerce, a role he held for two years before leaving to work in his father’s presidential campaign in 1988. Following his father’s success, he served as the campaign manager of Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s bid to Congress in 1989.
In 1994, Jeb ran as a conservative for the office of Governor of Florida and narrowly missed out. He made another bid for the office four years later as a republican and was this time successful. He was very popular in his role that he became the first Republican to serve as a two-time Governor of Florida.
After the end of his second term as Governor, Jeb Bush focused on his business interests. In 2014, however, a few months after his older brother President George Bush said Jeb was interested in becoming president, the man announced that he was exploring a 2016 run to become the President of the United States. He went on to announce his candidacy on the 15th of June, 2015 and was regarded as one of the front runners of the race, however, a series of poor results forced him to suspend his campaign and endorse another candidate.
One thing that stood out during the 2016 Presidential campaign was how tall Jeb Bush appeared to be. Viewers of the debates all over the world seemed to be also surprised with his height as “How tall is Jeb Bush” became one of the most googled things about the former Governor.
While Jeb has famously said he is 6 feet 4 inches tall (1.93 m), a few publications have rejected that figure, rather placing him in the region of 6 feet 2 inches (1.91 m). It is said that voters are always likely to vote for the taller candidate and, that it’s possibly the reason he overstated his height.
How Much Is Jeb Bush Net Worth Now?
Jeb Bush got himself involved in various business deals following his move to Florida in 1983. In addition to working for a real estate development firm, he had interests in the telecommunications, sporting, and medical industries before serving as a two-term governor.
After serving as governor, Jeb returned to the business world, serving as either a board member or adviser of companies such as Tenet Healthcare, Lehman Brothers, InnoVida, Swisher Hygiene, Rayonier, and Barclays. Fox Business reported that from these dealings, he earned about $29 million between 2007 and 2014 when he had to resign from these companies as a result of his presidential ambitions. Tax returns released in 2015 further indicated that his net worth is somewhere in the region of $22 million.