Robert Gates Net Worth 2017: Short Bio & Wiki

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Robert Michael Gates was born on 25 September 1943, in Wichita, Kansas USA, and is a scholar and politician, best known for serving as the 22nd US Secretary of Defense from 2006 to 2011. Prior to that position, he served with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the National Security Council. All of his efforts have helped put his net worth to where it is today.

How rich is Robert Gates? As of late-2017, sources inform us of a net worth that is at $5 million, thanks to success in his numerous endeavors. He’s also served as the President of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and the Chancellor of the College of William & Mary. All of his achievements have ensured the position of his wealth.

Robert Gates Net Worth $5 million

Growing up, Robert was very active in the BSA, reaching the rank of Eagle Scout. He was educated at Wichita High School East, matriculating in 1961, then attending the College of William & Mary on a scholarship, studying history. During his graduation, he was rewarded with the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award. He continued his studies by attending Indiana University to complete his MA in history in 1966.

While studying for his MA, Gates was recruited by the CIA. A year after graduating, he became a second lieutenant in the US Air Force, studying at Officer Training School with a sponsorship from the CIA. He then served for two years as an intelligence officer, and also pursued a PhD in Russian and Soviet history at Georgetown University, completing his doctorate in 1974. In the same year, he left the CIA to serve as part of the National Security Council, but returned to the agency in 1979 to be the director of the Strategic Evaluation Center. He continued to climb up the ranks before getting nominated to become the Director of Central Intelligence.

Robert withdrew from his first nomination due to a controversy, but was soon nominated again in 1991, and would serve as director for two years. He then worked as a lecturer at the University of Washington, subsequently teaching at numerous high profile schools, also writing for The New York Times on government and foreign policy. In 1999, he became the Interim Dean of the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, which lead him to become the university president, and he would improve the school significantly. He left his position in 2006 when he was invited to become Secretary of Defense.

As Secretary of Defense, Gates was responsible for numerous moves involving Iraq, including in 2008 ordering troop withdrawals. He was also responsible for making key changes in several positions due to controversies that came up during his tenure. He remained in his position during the Obama administration, and would implement a surge of troops in Afghanistan the following year. He was responsible for the repeal of the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy which allowed homosexuals to serve in the military. He retired from his position in 2011, and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

After his tenure as Secretary of Defense, Robert then became a Principal of the strategic consulting firm called RiceHadleyGates LLC. He was then given the position of chancellor at the College of William & Mary. In 2012, he became a part of the board of directors of Starbucks, and after a year, he would then become part of the National executive board of the Boy Scouts of America, subsequently serving as the 35th President of the BSA from 2014 to 2016.

For his personal life, it is known that Gates married Becky in 1967, and they have two children.

Quick Facts

Birth date: September 25, 1943
Birth place: Wichita, Kansas USA
Profession:United States Secretary of Defense
Education:Georgetown University, Indiana University Bloomington, College of William & Mary, Wichita East High School
Spouse:Becky Gates

Interesting Facts

1Will step down as Secretary of Defense in 2011.
2President of Texas A&M, 2002-2006.
3Director of Central Intelligence, 1991-1993.
4Deputy Director of Central Intelligence, 1986-1989.
5Served in the US Air Force as a Second Lieutenant during the Vietnam War from 1967-1969. He briefed air crews as an Intelligence officer.
6Recruited by the CIA in 1966. Had to leave briefly due to military obligations.
7Is an Eagle Scout.
8He was the 2009 Commencement Speaker at the United States Military Academy.
9U.S. Defense Secretary since December 18, 2006.
10US Deputy National Security Advisor from March 20, 1989 - November 6, 1991.


1Part of his 2009 commencement speech: During the Revolution, a man in civilian clothes rode past a redoubt being repaired. The commander was shouting orders but not helping. When the rider asked why, the supervisor of the work detail retorted 'Sir, I am a corporal.' The stranger apologized, dismounted, and helped repair the redoubt. When he was done, he turned toward the supervisor and said 'Mr. Corporal, next time you have a job like this and not enough men to do it, go to your Commander-in-Chief, and I will come and help you again.' Too late, the corporal recognized George Washington. The power of example in leadership.





National Geographic: Inside 9/112005TV Mini-Series documentary special thanks - 1 episode



Thank You for Your Service2015Documentary post-production
Fox and Friends2014-2015TV SeriesHimself - Former U.S. Defense Secretary / Himself
CBS This Morning2015TV SeriesHimself - Former U.S. Defense Secretary
Charlie Rose1995-2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Face the Nation2014-2015TV SeriesHimself - Former U.S. Defense Secretary / Himself - Guest
CNN Newsroom2014TV Series
Fox News Sunday2011-2014TV SeriesHimself - Former Defense Secretary / Himself - U.S. Secretary of Defense
The Daily Show2014TV SeriesHimself
War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State2013DocumentaryHimself - Former Secretary of Defense
America's Book of Secrets2012TV SeriesHimself
Putin, Russia and the West2011TV Series documentaryHimself / Himself - Secretary of Defense, U.S.
Dispatches2011TV Series documentaryHimself - U.S. Defense Secretary
60 Minutes2009-2011TV Series documentaryHimself - Defense Secretary (segment "The Soldiers' Secretary") / Himself - Defense Secretary (segment "Secretary of War")
Meet the Press2011TV SeriesHimself - Secretary of Defense
Breakfast2011TV SeriesHimself - US Defence Secretary
The Situation Room2009TV SeriesHimself
ABC World News Tonight with David Muir2007TV SeriesHimself
Soviet War Scare 19832007TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Robert M. Gates)
Channel 4 News2007TV SeriesHimself - US Defence Secretary
Texas Monthly Talks2005TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
CIA: Secret Wars2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Gulf War1996TV MovieHimself
CNN Presents: Terror Nation? U.S. Creation?1994TV MovieHimself - Former CIA Director
The Mike Douglas Show1980TV SeriesHimself - Col. Gates

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

Shaun Micallef's Mad as Hell2014TV SeriesHimself
We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks2013DocumentaryHimself
The Hunt for Bin Laden2012TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Strange History of Don't Ask, Don't Tell2011DocumentaryHimself
Democracy Now!2011TV SeriesHimself
Zapp2011TV SeriesHimself
Iran and the West2009TV Series documentaryHimself
No End in Sight2007DocumentaryHimself

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