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Donald Henry Rumsfeld was born on the 9th July 1932, in Chicago, Illinois USA, and is a Republican politician as well as a businessman, probably best known for being the 13th Secretary of Defence (from 1975 to 1977) under President Ford, and then the 21st Secretary of Defence (between 2001 and 2006) under President George W. Bush.

Have you ever wondered how much wealth this powerful man has accumulated so far? How rich Donald Rumsfeld is? According to sources, it is estimated that the total amount of Donald Rumsfeld’s net worth, as of mid-2016, is $15 million. It has been acquired throughout his political career, active since 1957, during which he has served in several important positions in the American Government, and business ventures.

Donald Rumsfeld Net Worth $15 Million

Donald Rumsfeld was born to Jeannette Kearlsley and George Donald Rumsfeld, into a family of German and American ancestry. As a youngster, Donald joined the Boy Scouts of America, and in 1949 was honored with its highest rank, an Eagle Scout. He attended Baker Demonstration School, and later New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois. Rumsfeld continued his education by enrolling at Princeton University from which he graduated in 1954 with an abbreviation degree in political science. Although he attended Case Western Reserve University School of Law and Georgetown University Law Center, he did not graduate from either.

Prior to engaging in politics, Donald Rumsfeld served in the US Navy between 1954 and 1957 as an airman. He began his political career in 1957, when he served as an administrative assistant to Ohio’s 11th district representative, Congressman David S. Dennison, during the administration of Dwight D. Eisenhower. In 1959, Donald transferred to Michigan where he was a staff assistant to Congressman Robert P. Griffin. Between 1960 and 1962, Donald Rumsfeld was engaged with A. G. Becker & Co., an investment banking firm. All these involvements provided the basis for Donald Rumsfeld’s net worth.

Donald Rumsfeld’s political rise really started in 1962, when as a 30 year-old he was elected to the US House of Representatives for the 13th congressional district of Illinois. He was re-elected to this position in 1964, 1966 and 1968, but after his fourth term he resigned to serve in a variety of executive branch positions in the administration of President Richard Nixon. These accomplishments helped Donald Rumsfeld to establish himself on the political scene, and certainly increased his overall net worth.

In 1973, Donald Rumsfeld was appointed the US Ambassador to NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) in Brussels, Belgium before he was called back to the states in 1974, when Richard Nixon resigned his presidency. Donald was appointed White House Chief of Staff for the new President, Gerald Ford, but just a year later he named the 13th US Secretary of Defense in which post he remained until 1977. Doubtlessly, these engagements made a huge, positive impact on Donald Rumsfeld’s net worth.

In the course of the next two decades, between 1977 and 2000, Donald Rumsfeld made some efforts towards his business career, including as a lecturer at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School, CEO of G. D. Searle & Company, CEO of the General Instrument Corporation, as well as chairman of Gilead Sciences, Inc. These ventures resulted in a very profitable addition to Donald Rumsfeld’s net worth in total.

In 2001, Donald Rumsfeld returned to politics, when he was again named as Secretary of Defense, this time under President George W. Bush, in which position he was a key man in planning the response to the 9/11 attacks, as well as for launching the war against Iraq and Afghanistan.

In 2006, Donald Rumsfeld retired from politics, and subsequently spent some time writing and publishing two of his three books, largely based on his political and business achievements; “Strategic imperatives in East Asia” (1988), “Known and Unknown: A Memoir” (2011) and “Rumsfeld’s Rules” (2013), which added somewhat to his net worth.

Donald is also the holder of countless honors and awards, of which the most notable are the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Dwight D. Eisenhower Medal and Ronald Reagan Freedom Award.

When it comes to his personal life, Donald Rumsfeld has been married to Joyce Pierson since 1954, with whom he has three children, expanding to six grandchildren and even one great-grandchild.

Quick Facts

Birth date: July 9, 1932
Birth place: Evanston, Illinois, United States
Profession:Businessperson, Politician, Military Officer, Philanthropist, Author, Public Servant, Former U.S. Congressman
Education:Baker Demonstration School, New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois, Princeton University
Nationality:United States of America
Spouse:Joyce H. Pierson (m. 1954)
Children:Donald Nicholas Rumsfeld, Valerie J. Rumsfeld Richard, Marcy K. Rumsfeld Walczak
Parents:Jeannette Kearlsley, George Donald Rumsfeld
Awards:All Navy Wrestling Champion (1956), The Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Ford (with Distinction), George C. Marshall Medal by the Association of the U.S. Army (1984), Dwight D. Eisenhower Medal (1993), Ronald Reagan Freedom Award (2003)
Movies:"The Unknown Known" (2013)
Books:"Strategic imperatives in East Asia" (1988), "Known and Unknown: A Memoir", "Rumsfeld's Rules: Leadership Lessons in Business, Politics, War, and Life"
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1Son of George Donald Rumsfeld (b. Illinois, 10 October 1904, d. September 1974), who worked on Real Estate, and wife Jeannette Huster (b. Illinois, 27 May 1903, d. 3 May 1988).
2Met Elvis Presley in Las Vegas in backstage with Sammy Davis Jr..
3Resigned as Secretary of Defense on November 6, 2006. His resignation was announced by President George W. Bush on November 8, 2006.
4His ancestors come from a little town named Weyhe, located a little south of Bremen in Germany.
5Having served as Secretary of Defense under both Gerald Ford (he was also chief of staff to that president in the mid-1970s) and 'George W. Bush', Donald Rumsfeld has the distinction of being both the youngest and the oldest Defense Secretary in U.S. history.
6Rumsfeld was once the All-Navy Wrestling Champion.
7Served as U.S. Ambassador to NATO (1973-1974)
8Was U.S. Congressman from Illinois (1963-1969)
9U.S. Secretary of Defense under President George W. Bush (2001-2006); previously served in that position from 1975-1977 under President Gerald Ford.


Quotes

#Quote
1[observation, 2015] The idea that we could fashion a democracy in Iraq seemed to me unrealistic.
2Nineteen hijackers, using commercial airliners as guided missiles to incinerate three thousand men, women and children, was perhaps the most horrific single unknown unknown America has experienced.
3When you say, 'How can you know?'. the answer is, you can't. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could see around corners - have our imagination anticipate every conceivable thing that could happen, and then - from that full array and spectrum - pick out the ones that will happen?
4[at a press conference, April 11, 2003] Stuff happens. But it is a fundamental misunderstanding to see those images, over and over and over again, of some boy walking out with a vase and say, 'Oh, my goodness, you didn't have a plan'.
5[on the war in Iraq] I don't do quagmires.
6I think all of us have a sense if we imagine the kind of world we would face if the people who bombed the mess hall in Mosul, or the people who did the bombing in Spain, or the people who attacked the United States in New York, shot down the plane over Pennsylvania and attacked the Pentagon, the people who cut off peoples' heads on television to intimidate, to frighten indeed the word 'terrorized' is just that. Its purpose is to terrorize, to alter behavior, to make people be something other than that which they want to be.
7My family originates from northern Germany. People there are well known for their direct and clear manner of speaking.
8We acted in Iraq because we saw the evidence in a dramatic new light - through the prism of our experience on 9/11.
9Reports that say something hasn't happened are always interesting to me because, as we know, there are known knowns - there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns - that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns - the ones we don't know we don't know.
10(In response to a reporter asking him why he is wearing a suit and tie at a press conference held at President Bush's ranch) "I don't own any casual clothes. Next question, please."


Pictures

Won Awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2005Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst Supporting ActorFahrenheit 9/11 (2004)


Filmography

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
42009/IShort additional dialogue

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
15 Septembers Later2016Documentary
The View2016TV SeriesHimself
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert2016TV SeriesHimself - Former Defense Secretary
Today2016TV SeriesHimself - Former Defense Secretary
The Draft2015TV Movie documentaryHimself - Former U.S. Secretary of Defense
The Presidents' Gatekeepers2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
Fox and Friends2013TV SeriesHimself
The Unknown Known2013DocumentaryHimself
Charlie Rose1996-2013TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Hannity2012-2013TV SeriesHimself
Larry King Now2013TV SeriesHimself
America's Book of Secrets2012-2013TV Series documentaryHimself
CBS This Morning2013TV SeriesHimself
Lou Dobbs Tonight2013TV SeriesHimself
Piers Morgan Tonight2011-2013TV SeriesHimself
Independent Lens2013TV Series documentaryHimself
The World According to Dick Cheney2013DocumentaryHimself
America Live2012TV SeriesHimself
The Hunt for Bin Laden2012TV Movie documentaryHimself - Secretary of Defense
War on Terror2011Documentary
Beyond 9/11: Portraits of Resilience2011DocumentaryHimself
Face the Nation2005-2011TV SeriesHimself
Fareed Zakaria GPS2011TV SeriesHimself
9/11: Day That Changed the World2011TV Movie documentary
Freedom Watch with Judge Napolitano2011TV SeriesHimself
The Daily Show2011TV SeriesHimself
Late Show with David Letterman2011TV SeriesHimself
The Afghan Solution2011Video documentaryHimself
9/11 State of Emergency2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
Leading to War2008Video documentaryHimself
Loose Change: Final Cut2007Video documentaryHimself
American Morning2002-2006TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Interviewee / Secretary of Defense
CNN Live From...2001-2006TV SeriesHimself / Himself - interviewee / Secretary of Defense
CNN Live Today2006TV SeriesHimself
Larry King Live2004-2005TV SeriesHimself
Now2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Hannity & Colmes2005TV SeriesHimself
Aristide and the Endless Revolution2005DocumentaryHimself
Fox News Sunday2003-2005TV SeriesHimself
Meet the Press2001-2005TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
This Week2005TV SeriesHimself
NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt2004-2005TV SeriesHimself
The O'Reilly Factor2004TV SeriesHimself
Diary of a Political Tourist2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Breakfast with Frost2004TV SeriesHimself
Anderson Cooper 360°2004TV SeriesHimself
Paula Zahn Now2004TV SeriesHimself
ABC World News Tonight with David Muir2004TV SeriesHimself
BBC World News2004TV SeriesHimself
CBS Evening News with Dan Rather2004TV SeriesHimself
Frontline2002-2004TV Series documentaryHimself
Without Fear or Favor: The Best in Broadcast Journalism2004TV Special documentaryHimself
60 Minutes2002-2003TV Series documentaryHimself - Defense Secretary / Himself - Secretary of Defense (segment "Iraqi Oil")
Sabine Christiansen2003TV SeriesHimself
The Hunt for Osama bin Laden2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
CNN Newsroom2002TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee / Secretary of Defense
Wolf Blitzer Reports2002TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee / Secretary of Defense
Opération lune2002TV MovieHimself
Headline News2002TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee / Secretary of Defense
CNN Special Reports2001TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee / Secretary of Defense
Free to Choose1980TV Series documentaryHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1970-1976TV SeriesHimself - US Secy of Defense / Himself - Asst. to US President / Himself - Office of Economic Opportunity
Sammy and Company1975TV SeriesHimself
Firing Line1969TV SeriesHimself - Guest

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Marvel's Captain America: 75 Heroic Years2016TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Genocide Gentleman: Class A War Criminals of UK and US2015Video documentary
International Desk2014TV SeriesHimself
JFK to 9/11: Everything Is a Rich Man's Trick2014Video documentaryHimself
Frontline2008-2014TV Series documentaryHimself / Himself - Secretary of Defense
Whistleblowers: The Untold Stories2012-2013TV SeriesHimself - Secretary of Defesne under President Bush / Himself - Secretary of Defense
Tails You Win: The Science of Chance2012TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Kriegsversprechen II - Terrormanagement im 21. Jahrhundert2012Video documentaryHimself
Top Priority: The Terror Within2012DocumentaryHimself - Former Secretary of Defense
Shadows of Liberty2012DocumentaryHimself - former US Secretary of Defense
Love Lust2011TV Series documentaryHimself
Joschka und Herr Fischer2011DocumentaryHimself
Voice of America News2011TV SeriesHimself - Former Secretary of Defense
Ethos2011/IDocumentaryHimself
Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura2009-2010TV Series documentaryHimself
Psywar2010DocumentaryHimself
Aftermath with William Shatner2010TV Series documentaryHimself
30 Rock2010TV SeriesHimself
The Tillman Story2010DocumentaryHimself
Operación Pandemia2009Video documentary shortHimself
National Geographic Explorer2009TV Series documentaryHimself
Iran and the West2009TV Series documentaryHimself
Dangerous Dynasty: The Bush Legacy2009Video documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
Double Take2009DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
The Shock Doctrine2009DocumentaryHimself
Being W2008DocumentaryHimself
Superpower2008DocumentaryHimself
Blood and Oil2008Video documentaryHimself
Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden?2008DocumentaryHimself
Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson2008DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
I.O.U.S.A.2008DocumentaryHimself
History of the National Security State2008Video documentaryHimself
60 Minutes2001-2007TV Series documentaryHimself - Secretary of Defense (segment "Exposing the Truth") / Himself - Secretary of Defense (segment "Secrets from Guantanamo Bay") / Himself - Secretary of Defense (segment "Condoleezza Rice") / ...
Zeitgeist2007Video documentaryHimself (uncredited)
War Made Easy: How Presidents & Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death2007DocumentaryHimself
Taxi to the Dark Side2007DocumentaryHimself
Larry Flynt: The Right to Be Left Alone2007DocumentaryHimself
No End in Sight2007DocumentaryHimself
Ghosts of Abu Ghraib2007DocumentaryHimself
Unter falscher Flagge2007Video documentaryHimself
911 Octopus2006Video documentaryHimself - U.S. Secretary of Defense
Al Jazeera English2006TV SeriesHimself
NCIS2006TV SeriesHimself
Insiders2003-2006TV SeriesHimself
Have I Got News for You2006TV SeriesHimself
Shut Up & Sing2006DocumentaryHimself
...So Goes the Nation2006DocumentaryHimself
Hardball with Chris Matthews2006TV SeriesHimself
NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt2006TV SeriesHimself - Secretary of Defense
The Human Behavior Experiments2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
SuperNews!2006TV SeriesHimself
The Hour2006TV SeriesHimself
The Road to Guantanamo2006DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
My Child: Mothers of War2006DocumentaryHimself
Saddam Hussein: Histoire d'un procès annoncé2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Beyond Treason2005Video documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Torture: The Guantanamo Guidebook2005TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Why We Fight2005DocumentaryHimself
Last Laugh '042004TV MovieHimself
Saddam Hussein: le procès que vous ne verrez pas2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Unconstitutional2004Video documentaryHimself
Uncovered: The War on Iraq2004DocumentaryHimself
WMD: Weapons of Mass Deception2004DocumentaryHimself
The World According to Bush2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Fahrenheit 9/112004DocumentaryHimself
Le 11 septembre n'a pas eu lieu...2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Le grand complot2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Freedom2speak v2.02004DocumentaryHimself
Control Room2004DocumentaryHimself
LSD a Go Go2004Documentary shortHimself
The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear2004TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Our Friend Saddam2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Året der gik 20032003TV SpecialHimself
National Geographic: 21 Days to Baghdad2003TV Movie documentaryHimself - Secretary of Defense
Sendung ohne Namen2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Bowling for Columbine2002DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
What Really Happened on September 11th2002TV SeriesHimself

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