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Jon Meade Huntsman Jr. was born on the 26th March 1960, in Redwood City, California USA, and is probably best known for being a politician, who has served not only as the 16th Governor of Utah (2005- 2009), and as US Ambassador to Singapore (1992-1993), and to China (2009- 2011), but also in the administrations of five US Presidents. He is also known as a businessman. His political career has been active since the late 1990s.
So, have you ever wondered how rich Jon Huntsman Jr. is? It has been estimated by authoritative sources that Jon counts his net worth at the impressive amount of $950 million, as of mid- 2016. This sum of money is the result of his involvement not only in the politics, but also in a variety of businesses.
Jon Huntsman Jr Net Worth $950 Million
Jon Huntsman Jr. was raised with eight siblings, the son of Karen Huntsman, who was the daughter of David B. Haight, an LDS Church apostle, and Jon Huntsman Sr., a billionaire businessman and the owner of the Huntsman Corporation, a family business; one of his ancestors is LDS Church leader Parley P. Pratt. When he was only 15 years old, he earned the rank of Eagle Scout, which is the highest rank of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), one of the largest youth organizations in the US. He attended Highland High School in Salt Lake City, but prior to his matriculation, Jon quit as he wanted to become a keyboard played in the rock band Wizard. However, he earned his G.E.D., and soon after he became a student at the University of Utah, where he joined the Sigma Chi fraternity. While there, Jon decided to serve for two next years as a Mormon missionary in Taiwan, then when he returned, he moved to the University of Pennsylvania, from which he graduated with a BA degree in International Politics in 1987.
Thus, Jon’s political career began right after college, as he was hired as a White House assistant in 1987, and served on that position until 1989, when President George W. Bush appointed him as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for trade development and commerce for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. He stayed in that position until 1992, when he was effectively promoted to the position of Ambassador to Singapore. He served in that position for a bit over a year, during which time his net worth increased by a large margin.
After that he focused on his business career, but returned to politics in 2000s, and became the Deputy United States Trade Representatives in George W. Bush administration. In 2003 he resigned from position, and started a campaign to become the Utah Governor. He was elected, and served as the 16th Governor of Utah from 2005 until 2009. After that, he became the United States Ambassador to China, and was in position for two years, increasing further his net worth.
In 2011, he started to campaign in the Presidential elections, however, after a few months he announced the end of the campaign, and began supporting Republican Party candidate Mitt Romney.
To speak of his career as businessman, from 1993 until 2001, Huntsman was as an executive for the Huntsman Corporation, his family firm, which holds companies in different industries including manufacturing assorted polyurethanes, performance products, and pigments. Furthermore he has served as executive and chairman in firms such as Envision Utah, and Utah Opera, among other. Also, he has been on board of directors of the Ford Motor Co. since 2012, which has also added to his net worth.
If to talk about his personal life, Jon Huntsman Jr. has been married to Mary Kaye since 1983; the couple has seven children.