Name: Robert Francis O’Rourke
Born: September 26, 1972
Occupation: Musician, businessman, and politician
Beto O’Rourke was born in El Paso, Texas on September 26, 1972. He is the son of Melissa Martha O’Rourke, an entrepreneur, and Pat Francis O’Rourke, a city commissioner and political associate.
He attended Carlos Rivera Elementary School, Mesita Elementary School, El Paso High School, Woodberry Forest School. He also studied at an all-male boarding school in Virginia. After graduation, he enrolled in Columbia University and finished with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature.
Beto has been married to Amy Hoover Sanders since September 2005. The couple has three children: Ulysses, Molly, and Henry.
Following college, Beto embarked upon several careers: he worked as a live-in nanny, worked with his uncle at a tech startup, and served as a proofreader for H.W. Wilson Company. When he returned to Texas, Beto co-founded Stanton Street Technology, a software and Internet services company. He also launched the Stanton Street, an online newspaper – it maintained a print edition for a short period of time.
In 2005, Beto delved into the world of politics, running for the El Paso City Council. He served six years.
When he completed his time at the municipal level, he ran for Congress as the Democratic candidate, defeating Republican Barbara Carrasco with 65 percent of the vote. He was re-elected two more times.
Beto announced in January 2018 that he would be running for the U.S. Senate in a deeply red state. While incumbent Senator Ted Cruz is considered the heavy favorite, Beto is still gaining national attention for his apparent grassroots efforts, though he has attended big money fundraisers outside of Texas.
Some of his positions include instituting a carbon tax, increasing federal funding for education, supporting criminal justice reform, impeaching President Donald Trump, and enhancing gun control legislation.
Outside of business and politics, Beto has a love for punk rock. He and a group of friends formed a band called Foss and they toured the U.S. and Canada and released two records. Beto is a bassist.
We estimate that Beto O’Rourke’s net worth is $7.9 million (2018).
So how much is $7.9 million really?
$7.9 million can cover a quarter of the typical cost of running for the U.S. Senate. $7.9 million would cover a fraction of El Paso’s $989 million budget.