Name: Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Born: January 17, 1954
Occupation: Environmental lawyer, radio host, author
Being the son and namesake of a man assassinated for his political beliefs has not kept Robert Fitzgerald Kennedy Jr. out of the public eye or out of politics. Kennedy was just 10 when his uncle, President John Kennedy was assassinated and 14 when his father was assassinated while running for president. As the third child of Robert and Ethel Kennedy, Robert Jr. was expected by many to follow his father and uncles into politics, but has never done so. However, he has been active in his support of environmental efforts for more than 30 years.
Kennedy’s environmentalism is thought to have begun when he was performing 1,500 hours of court-ordered community service. In 1983, Kennedy, who struggled with drug use after his father’s assassination, was arrested with 182 milligrams of heroin in his carry-on bag. He was sentenced to two years’ probation, Narcotics Anonymous and the community service. He joined Riverkeeper, a group suing groups accused of polluting New York’s Hudson River.
After completing his community service, Kennedy stayed with the group as its chief legal counsel. He would later found an umbrella organization, Waterkeeper Alliance, to help with various environmental ogrganizations across the country and the world, focused on legal challenges to water pollution as well as physical efforts to clean up polluted waterways. He remains president of the organization.
Kennedy has been married twice and has six children. He became engaged for a third time in April, 2014, to actress/director Cheryl Hines. In addition to his drug arrests when he was younger, Kennedy has been arrested several times in relation to his environmental activism. He is also staunchly against vaccines and is pro-life. He has considered running for elected office several times and was considered the frontrunner as a replacement for Hilary Clinton’s senate seat when she became Secretary of State, but announced he would not seek the position so that he could spend more time with his family.
He is currently host of Ring of Fire, a syndicated talk show and has an estimated net worth of $10 million.
How much is $10 million?
Kennedy’s favorite charities tend to be based on his personal interests and with his family money coupled with his own earnings, he has more than enough to invest in environmental causes. Critics of the radio host and author have said his environmental stance is hypocritical given that some of his family money comes from fossil fuels, but he can certainly shush them by putting his money where his mouth is. Kennedy has spent more than 30 years supporting and dedicating his professional life to environmental causes.
He also has plenty of money for his birds. Kennedy is a master falconer and former president of the New York State Falconer’s Association, proving that sometimes the money is for the birds.