Kathleen Manafort is an American lawyer who has become popular for being the wife of former Donald Trump’s campaign manager and American lobbyist, Paul Manafort. She has become even a more popular face in the American media following the trial of her husband for various crimes including tax fraud and money laundering. Kathleen famously stood by her husband all through his ordeals until his sentencing.
Despite her face becoming very recognizable due to the media coverage of her husband’s trial, not so much is known about her because of how much of a private life she has managed to keep. But still, we have got something about her for you.
Kathleen Manafort – Biography
Kathleen Bond Manafort was born in the United States, in December 1952. She was brought up by her parents, Joseph Nelson Bond, an Aeronautical Engineer, and Patricia Bond in Long Island alongside her siblings, Thomas, Jay, and Randolph. Her mother died in 2015 before her father in 2018.
For her education, she went to George Washington University after she was through with her high school education. There, she obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration before proceeding to Georgetown University from where she got her Juris Doctor Degree (J.D). In 1988, she went on to pass the Virginia Bar examinations and then in 1991, she made it as a member of the D.C Bar association.
Her relationship with Paul Manafort
Although it is not clear how the two first met, it is known that they both attended Georgetown University. However, it is not known if they met there since Kathleen graduated in 1979 while her husband graduated earlier in 1974.
What is known for certain is that Paul and Kathleen Manafort got married in 1978, a year before Kathleen was through with her studies. Since then, the couple has remained together for more than four decades now. That said, the marriage has not been without its challenges which included a case of alleged infidelity on the part of Paul. Still, the marriage has been able to stand the test of it all.
Facts About Paul Manafort’s Wife
1. Her Husband
Born in 1949, Paul John Manafort Jr. has become a much-known face in the United States as the former campaign manager of Donald Trump in the build-up to the 2016 US Presidential Elections. Apart from that, he is also a lobbyist, political consultant, and former lawyer who is now a convicted felon. His father was a politician who served from 1965 to 1971 as Mayor of New Britain. Back in 1981, the elder Manafort was indicted in a corruption case but was not convicted.
Manafort has worked with top people including Angolan rebel leader Jonas Savimbi, former Philippines Ferdinand Marcos, and has also been in deals with countries like Russia and Ukraine all as a lobbyist.
2. Her Children
Kathleen Manafort and her husband have been blessed with two daughters- Andrea and Jessica. The latter is married to Jeffery Yohai until 2017 when the marriage ended. Yohai was found guilty of wire fraud and identity theft while he was also fingered in real-estate-related financial crimes.
Jessica who always distanced herself from her father changed her name to Jessica Anne Bond. She is a Hollywood writer and director. Although her parents are Republicans, she is a registered Democrat. Andrea, on the other hand, works at Fort L.P. in Washington D.C. as an associate general counsel. She is married to Christopher Shand.
3. She has displayed unflinching support and loyalty to her Husband
Kathleen Manafort has not failed in supporting her husband through all his legal battles, always appearing in court and sitting right behind his defense table. Unfortunately, it has been reported that Paul, on the other hand, has not been all loyal to her. It was alleged that he had a mistress who is 30 years younger than himself. The mistress was housed in an apartment in New York and she was given an unlimited Credit card.
4. Net Worth
Not so much is known as regards the professional life of Kathleen Manafort or even the businesses she is involved in – if she is involved in any. Because of this, her net worth is unknown. However, it is known that her husband who is a very popular lobbyist who has worked with powerful men and leaders of many countries across continents has a net worth that runs into tens of million dollars. During his trial, he claimed that his net worth was $28 million US dollars but there are reservations in some quarters claiming his fortune is even greater.
The couple owns businesses and properties in different parts of the United States including the Trump Tower where they own an apartment.