John Kerry is an American politician who served as the former United States Secretary of States. Before, John served as the Senate for 23 years and as the lieutenant governor of Massachusetts under Michael Dukakis. He also served as Senator from Massachusetts and was the Democratic nominee for President Election (2004) but, lost to George W. Bush. Here is a quick summary of John Forbes Kerry’s net worth in 2018, career and earnings.
John Forbes Kerry Early Life
In 2013, it was discovered that John Forbes Kerry’s paternal grandparents were Jewish. The grandparents belonged to the Austro-Hungarian Empire and were called Fritz Kohn and Ida Löwe. They changed their names to Frederick and Ida Kerry(1900)and converted from Judaism to Roman Catholicism (1901).
John Forbes Kerry was born on December 11, 1943, in Aurora, Colorado. His parents, Richard Kerry (Catholic), and Rosemary Forbes(Episcopalian)raised him as a Roman Catholic. John has a brother, Cameron Kerry. John attended boarding schools in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. John graduated with BA (Major: Political Science) from Yale University(1966). Later, John earned a J.D. from Boston College Law School and worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Massachusetts.
John Kerry’s hobbies include surfing, windsurfing, ice hockey, hunting and playing the bass guitar. He enjoys listening to The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Buffett but, he dislikes heavy-metal. During John’s presidential campaign (2004) he used Bruce Springsteen’s “No Surrender” and later adopted U2’s “Beautiful Day” as the official campaign song.
John Kerry married Julia (m.1970-div.1988). Since 1995, John and Teresa Heinz have been married. John has two children: Alexandra and Vanessa and three step-children: John, André, and Christopher. Currently, the family lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
John Forbes Kerry Career
John served in the United States Navy (1966–1978). As a Naval Reserve (1968-1969), he was the appointed officer-in-charge (OIC) of Swift Boat that was in the four-month war in South Vietnam. He was the US recognised spokesman for his outspoken opponent of the Vietnam War.
John served as 66th Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts (March 6, 1983 – January 2, 1985) under Michael Dukakis. John was elected as the United States Senator from Massachusetts (January 2, 1985 – February 1, 2013). John was the Senate Foreign Relations Committee where he led a series of hearings (1987-1989)pioneering to the Iran–Contra affair. John Kerry was re-elected for 1990, 1996, 2002, and 2008 terms. John Kerry agreed to authorise the President to disarm Saddam Hussein on October 11, 2002. Yet, he warned the administration to use diplomatic paths before commencing any war.
During the presidential campaign, Kerry criticised George W. Bush for the Iraq War (2004). John and North Carolina Senator, John Edwards, lost the election. President Barack Obama nominated John Kerry to succeed outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (January 2013). He was confirmed as the 68thU.S. Senate from February 1, 2013, and worked till the end of Obama’s tenure on January 20, 2017. He was succeeded by Rex Tillerson.
Awards & Achievements
John Forbes Kerry was awarded combat medals including the Silver Star Medal, Bronze Star Medal, and three Purple Heart Medals. Others for his Combat Action including his ranking as US-O3 Lieutenant, USS Gridley (DLG-21), Coastal Squadron 1, Commands -PCF-44, PCF-94. Also, John Kerry was recognised for his Vietnam War (WIA).
Net worth of John Kerry
John Kerry has a net worth estimated at $200 Million. But it is highly misunderstood that he earned his net worth from being a politician. In fact, the majority of his income is inherited as his 4 family members are highly rich and well to do. He also co-founded a company when he was an assistant attorney. Major portions come from his Wife’s share of family wealth. Her net worth is valued at $1 billion.
John Kerry aged 73 has faced several challenges in life. He commenced with the US Navy and fought in the Vietnam War. As a veteran of the Vietnam War, he opposed all wars and tried to fight against Iraq. John Forbes Kerry contributed to politics in the US. He served as lieutenant governor of Massachusetts and Senator from Massachusetts and eventually as United States Secretary of States.