Who is John Connelly? All About Sandra Smith’s Husband and Family

John Connelly is a trained painter who previously worked for various companies in the finance and marketing industries but is now a self-employed businessman, according to his LinkedIn profile. John Connelly came into the limelight following his marriage to Sandra Smith, a Fox News business and news reporter.

The dynamics of each marriage is different. While there are cases where the couple is well known together, there are equally cases where the husband is more popular than the wife, or the wife is the better-known person to the public than the husband. The last scenario happens to be peculiar to the household of television news journalist Sandra Smith who is so much more famous than her husband John Connelly.

Unlike his wife, Connolly lives outside the spotlight. As Sandra’s name might ring a bell when it is mentioned, the same cannot be said of her husband even though he has been quite successful as a marketer following his days as a financial television commentator.

Summary of John Conelly’s Biography

  • Full name: John John Connelly
  • Gender: Male
  • Year of birth: 1970
  • Age: 52 Years Old
  • Place of Birth: Chicago, USA
  • Current Residence: Lincoln Park, Chicago, USA
  • Nationality: White
  • Sexual Orientation: Straight
  • Marital Status: Married
  • John Conolly’s Wife: Sandra Kaye Smith (2010-date)
  • John Conolly’s Children: Cora and John Jr
  • Hair Color: Dark brown
  • Eye Color: Dark brown
  • Occupation: , businessman
  • Education: Chicago Arts Institute
  • John Conolly’s Net worth: 
  • Famous for: Being the husband of former Fox Business Network reporter, Sandra Smith

What We Know About John Connelly’s Background

John Connelly’s background information, including the date and year he was born has remained a mystery. There are speculations, however, that his place of birth is in Chicago to parents whose names are not known. It is also not clear if he was raised as an only child or shared his childhood memories with any sibling.

But while his background information is not available, that of Connolly’s wife is public knowledge. It is known that she was born on September 22, 1980, in Wheaton, Illinois. Although the names of her parents are yet to be revealed, we know that her father is a native of Wheaton while her mom hails from Oklahoma. Her dad, in his active days, worked as a floor trader at Chicago’s Mercantile Exchange. She has five siblings.

In regards to his education, John Connolly is reported to have gone to school in his city of birth. From his academic records, we found that he studied painting at the Arts Institute in Chicago. He has since then moved into the world of business and has worked as a business commentator on television.

Sarah Smith, on the other hand, received her high school education at Wheaton Warrenville South High School and graduated in 1998. The Wheaton native was a part of the athletics team when she enrolled at Louisiana State University. She spent some time there before transferring to Baton Rouge State University.

After the completion of her studies, John Connolly’s wife found work as a research associate at Aegis Capital Group. She further worked at Hermitage Capital and at Terra Nova as project director. Sarah Smith would later find her place on TV as an on-air reporter for Bloomberg Television, after which she was hired as a reporter by Fox Business Network in 2007. Since April 2014, she has been a co-host on the Fox News Channel show Outnumbered where she and other commentators exchange views on trendy issues.

John Connelly’s Fact Sheet

He Worked in the Marketing Industry for Years

Despite studying art as a college student, John decided to pursue a career in finance. However, his account on LinkedIn reveals that he is now self-employed, but before he began his own company or business, he worked at Terra Nova Trading, LLC as head of futures division from February 2002 to July 2005.

He also served as vice president at Advantage Futures from February 2005 to November 2007 and was a Board Member (director) of National Introducing Brokers Association (NIBA) for 6 years and 10 months, from February 2002 to November 2008.

In November 2007, he joined CME Group in New York City Area, after he sold his start-up business, according to the Chicago Tribune. At CME, he worked in the position of director of product marketing until October 2014.

In March of the following year, John Conolly became a managing partner and chief marketing officer for Azul Partners, Inc. and remained there until December 2017, overseeing global communication initiatives and marketing strategies.

Before he joined the company in 2015, the news was shared on Spend Matters, which is owned by Azul Partners. According to the information, John worked as a commodity trader at the initial stage of his career and as of March 2015 when the news was published, he had garnered more than 20 years of experience in media, marketing, and commodity management.

How Much is John Connelly’s Net Worth?

Owing to the fact that most details about John are not accessible to the public, it comes as no surprise that his net worth is also unknown. That notwithstanding, it is believed that he is financially stable, judging by his years of experience in the fields he has worked in and the top positions he has occupied.

Although he is currently working for himself, he has carefully kept whatever it is he is doing away from the media. However, we have no reason to doubt that he is succeeding at it. Meanwhile, his wife, Sandra reportedly has an estimated net worth of $6 million.

Fascinating Facts About the Marketing Guru’s Family

John Connelly
Sandra Smith and their second child – image source

There are many interesting things to know about John Connelly’s family, one of which is the fact that John owes his rise to prominence as a business commentator on TV to his beautiful wife, whom he married in 2010.

Building a Career Together With His Wife

At the time of their first meeting, Sandra and John were working in the same place in Chicago. On her first day on the job as a sales trader, it is said that John was the only person who ignored her. Notwithstanding, he was actually the one who paid the most attention to the new employee as he would reveal on their wedding day that he knew right from the first instance that he was going to spend the rest of his life with her.

After dating for a while, Sarah who had now began a career as a journalist gave John a chance to appear on TV as a commentator following the end of his former job. They would later get engaged on the 28th of December 2009 before subsequently sealing their union in an official wedding ceremony that took place on the 2nd of May, 2010.

Interesting Details About His Family

John Connelly has been an amazing husband to his wife and a wonderful dad to his kids. He is known for giving his best to them and working so hard to make them comfortable. He has never been in the news for any sort of family-related scandal, which shows how much he values his adorable family.

The marketing guru and his wife are proud parents of two lovely kids. The first bundle of joy the family welcomed is Cora Belle Connelly who joined the family in May 2013, three years after their wedding. Sandra would take a few months of maternity leave to take care of her daughter after which she made a comeback on TV. In January 2015, a second child, a son named John, came into the fold.

Banks Onuoha
Banks is a graduate of Mass communication, a meat junkie, movie geek, and perfectionist. The thrill of travelling the world through writing and editing from the comfort of her desk and PC is what keeps her going most of the time. After office hours, you might catch her still writing at home or running some culinary experiments.

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