Famous US politician, Newt Gingrich was one of the top Republican candidates veering for President in the 2012 presidential race but unfortunately, he was not selected to represent the Republicans. Newt, who was also a one-time Speaker of the House of Representatives between 1995 to 1999 is a man that has held several other distinguished positions which include the General Chairman of the American Solutions for Winning the Future and he owns a firm named Gingrich Group which deals with communications and consultancy services with its main focus on transformational change.
The politician is indeed a man of many achievements that even tabloids have even given him names like “the indispensable leader”. In 1995, Time Magazine named him ‘Man of the Year’ and in addition to that, they mentioned that leaders were the ones who make things possible, exceptional leaders make those things inevitable and Newt was not just a leader but an exceptional one.
Newt Gingrich’s Biography
Newt Gingrich was born July 17th, 1943 in Harrisburg, Pennslyvania with full names as Newton Leroy McPherson to his mother, Kathleen, and father, Newton Searles McPherson. His parents who married in their teenage years ended up divorcing barely a few days into their marriage. His mother later got married to Robert Gingrich and Newt took his last name and he has been known with it ever since. He has three younger siblings from his mother’s side named Candace, Susan, and Roberta while from his father’s side he has a step-sister and a step-brother named Randy McPherson.
He graduated from Baker High School in Columbus, Georgia in 1961 then he enrolled in Emory University, Atlanta where he earned a B.A. degree in history after that he completed his post-graduate studies at the Tulane University where he got his M.A and Ph.D. in European History. Upon completion of his Ph.D., he took a job with West Georgia College as an Assistant professor in the History Department but later moved to the Geography Department where he worked till 1978 when he got elected into Congress.
His Political Career
In 1974, Newt made his first attempt to gain a seat in the House of Representatives but lost to Democrat candidate, Jack Flynt and even though he tried again in 1976 to beat Jack Flynt, the campaign was also futile. However, he remained in politics and became quite popular over the years and in 1994, Newt Gingrich became the Speaker of the U.S House of Representatives as he had the majority of the Republicans vote.
However, his political career witness some setbacks as he was blamed for many conflicts and government unfavorable actions as a result of his unending issues with President Clinton with regards to federal money matters. The rest of his term as Speaker of the House was chaotic as he faced a series of investigations and even got fined on one occasion for misrepresentation of facts.
Though it did not seem possible that he could go anywhere with his campaign, Newt Gingrich gave his best shot at it but his campaign ground to a halt as it was suspended at the beginning of May.
After his failed attempt at being president, Newt Gingrich went back to focus on his media career and by September 2013, he was a co-host on the CNN show Crossfire but the show stopped airing the following year, however, Newt continued working with CNN until 2015 when he returned to Fox News.
It is also worth knowing that Newt Gingrich is a prolific author that has penned down books like Lessons Learned the Hard Way, Winning the Future: A 21st Century Contract with America, Rediscovering God in America, To Save America: Stopping Obama’s Secular-Socialist Machine, and Understanding Trump.
How Much Is He Worth?
The net worth of this politician who was the 50th Speaker of the U.S House of Representatives is a controversial one as no specific amount is unanimously agreeable to reporters. While he was worth $2.4 million in 2006, that jumped to $6.4 million in 2010. Presently some site reports it to be at $9 million while some others report a whopping $126 million.
Whatever the actual amount may be, his source of income is not only from politics as he owns various companies coupled with the fact that he is also an accomplished author. Newt Gingrich is also known to have a car collection of top-notch brands, investments in many organizations and real estate which have increased his net worth over the years.
Family Life: Wife
The politician is known on record to have been married 3 times. His first marriage was in 1962 when he tied the knot with Jacqueline May Battley, who was his high school teacher and at the time they got married. Newt was 19 while she was 26 at the time. The couple had two daughters named Kathy Gingrich Lubber and Jackie Gingrich Cushman.
He started an affair with Marianne Ginther while married to his first wife and was married to his mistress barely 6 months after his divorce in 1981. However, like the first one, Newt also had an affair while married to Marianne and he is said to have requested a divorce from her in 1999, shortly after it was discovered that she had multiple sclerosis. Although Marianne did not want the divorce, she was left with no choice as Newt was eager to get rid of her and start his life with his newly found younger love, Callista Bisek.
Newt Gingrich who has set a record of marrying barely months after his divorce went down that path again with Callista Bisek whom he married in August 2000. The duo is still together and they seem to be pretty happy together.