Susan Rice is a foreign policy analyst and public official best known for her loyalty to several regimes and heavy involvement in the American politics.
The veteran politician has served in various capacities, having begun her political career in 1988 when she was appointed as the foreign policy aide to Michael Dukakis during the latter’s presidential race.
From 1990 to early 1992, Rice served as an international management consultant with the prestigious global management consulting firm – McKinsey & Company. Her political career got into full swing in 1993 when she was appointed to the National Security Council (NSC) under the Bill Clinton administration.
Rice’s stint at NSC ended in 1997 – two years after her tenure as director for international organizations and peacekeeping came to an end. From 1995 to 1997, she also served as the president’s special assistant and senior director for African affairs, making her the youngest assistant secretary of state in history.
Although Susan worked in Clinton’s administration, she was a vocal supporter of Barrack Obama at the Democratic nomination because of the latter’s strong opposition to the Iraq crisis. Her support for Obama attracted fierce criticism from the Clinton camp who considered it a defection.
Born in Washington, D.C, Rice also served as the international policy adviser to John Kerry during the 2004 presidential campaign. She was nominated the U.S Ambassador to the United Nations on December 1, 2008, by then president-elect Barrack Obama.
The veteran politician’s appointment saw her go down the history as the first African American woman to represent the United States at the United Nation. As the 27th United States Ambassador to the UN, Rice served from January 2009 to June 2013 and was later elected as the National Security Advisor (NSA) under Obama, serving from July 2013 to January 2017.
During her stint as the NSA under former president Obama, the Washington-born politician was heavily criticized for inflaming his administration’s tussle with Israel.
Susan Rice’s political expertise also brought her to the spotlight following her request to unveil the names of those who were mentioned in Donald Trump‘s presidential transition and campaign intelligence reports.
Recently, she secured a spot on Board of Directors at Netflix. Her appointment on Netflix, which came on March 8, 2018, took place barely one year after she became a Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow at American University’s School of International Service (SIS) department.
From 2002 – 2009, the iconic politician served as a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. At Stanford University, she once served on the advisory board of Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and was a former member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Aspen Strategy Group.
Rice has also served on the board of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, the Internews Network, the National Democratic Institute, and the Atlantic Council.
Susan Rice’s Husband
Susan Rice is married to Ian Officer Cameron, a former executive producer for ABC News. The couple got married on September 12, 1992, at the St. Albans School Chapel and has two lovely children. Also called Ian O. Cameron, Rice’s husband met her at Stanford where both of them studied.
Her Net Worth
Rice is placed on an annual salary of $172,000. As for her net worth, she has an eye-popping wealth valued at $50 million which she supposedly amassed from her political career and assets she reportedly inherited from her parents who were well-to-do.
Is She Related To Condoleezza Rice?
Like Susan Rice, Condoleezza “Condi” Rice is a respected American political diplomat and scientist best known for her role as George Bush’s National Security Advisor during the latter’s first term in office.
As a political expert, Condoleezza is heavily involved in the American politics. She served as the first female African-American secretary of State and second African-American Secretary of State following her appointment as the 66th U.S Secretary of State.
No doubt, Condi’s lavishing political career at the White House earned her a good name in the American political history but the Alabama-born politician is not related to Susan Rice in any way – except that both are females in politics.
Quick Facts about Susan Rice
1. Susan Rice was born Susan Elizabeth Rice in Washington DC on November 17, 1964.
2. She was born and raised in a well-to-do family. Her father Emmett John Rice, in particular, was an economics professor at Cornell University. He worked at Federal Reserve System and once served as the governor of the U.S central banking system, becoming the second black governor to occupy the prestigious position.
3. Susan Rice’s maternal grandparents were from Jamaica.
4. Her parents separated from each other and later divorced when she was 10 years old.
5. She holds a BA in history following her graduation in 1986 from the Stanford University, where she was awarded a Truman Scholarship.
6. Rice also studied at New College, Oxford, where she obtained an MPhil in 1988 and a DPhil in 1990.
7. The distinguished politician loves tennis so much. She’s an avid tennis player and often plays the racket sport on weekends.
8. In 2002, she was inducted into the Black Alumni Hall of Fame at the Stanford University.