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How rich is John Kelly?

Name: John Francis Kelly

Born: May 11, 1950

Occupation: Military veteran, Secretary of Homeland Security and White House Chief of Staff

John Kelly, fair use
John Kelly, fair use

John Kelly was born in Boston, Massachusetts on May 11, 1950. He is the son of Irish Catholics – his father was a postal worker.

John studied at the University of Massachusetts Boston and Georgetown School of Foreign Service, earning a Masters in National Security Affairs. He also studied at the National Defense University, receiving a Masters in Strategic Studies.

Since 1976, John has been married to Karen Hernest and had three children together: Robert, John Jr. and Kathleen. Their eldest son, Robert, died in 2010 in Afghanistan. Robert also served in Afghanistan. Kathleen acted as a member of the Red Cross in Walter Reed.

In 1970, John’s draft number came up and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. John would embark upon an extensive and successful military career and eventually became a four-star general. He received numerous awards, distinctions and decorations throughout his career, such as the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal.

John worked in various capacities across Washington, including as a senior military assistant to the Secretary of Defense and commander of U.S. Southern Command. In January 2017, John was confirmed as Secretary of Homeland Security, but he would later be appointed as the White House Chief of Staff in July 2017, taking over from former Republican National Committee (RNC) Chair Reince Priebus.

In addition to serving his country, John was an independent contractor, board member and advisor for DynCorp, Flatter and Associates and Beacon Global Strategies, which are all defense lobbying firms. He would reportedly earn six figures from these companies.

We estimate that John Kelly’s net worth is $4 million (2017).

So how much is $4 million really?

$4 million can cover just a fraction of a percent of the Pentagon’s defense budget. $4 million can also pay for just a few minutes of the Afghan War’s $50 billion budget.


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