The right-wing firebrand at the center of the Trump campaign shakeup is chief of the ultra-conservative website Breitbart News, a former banker at Goldman Sachs in New York and a longtime confidant of the Republican presidential nominee.
Here are 13 things you need to know about Steve Bannon, many of which were contained in a Bloomberg Businessweek cover story last October entitled “This Man Is the Most Dangerous Political Operative in America:”
1. He’s rich, a one-percenter who lives in a 14-room townhouse in Washington, D.C., and runs Breitbart in the basement.
2. He is co-founder of the Government Accountability Institute, a conservative research nonprofit.
3. He was born into a working-class, Roman Catholic family in Norfolk, Virginia.
4. He served in the Navy, and at one point was a special assistant to the chief of naval operations.
5. He graduated from Virginia Tech and has a master’s in national security from Georgetown.
6. He got an MBA at Harvard.
7. He worked in leveraged buyouts at Goldman Sachs in New York.
8. He launched a small investment firm in 1990 that specialized in media and was bought out by Societe Generale about eight years later.
9. He gets royalties from Seinfeld reruns, having received a stake in the show as part of a business deal.
10. He worked as an executive producer in Hollywood and also wrote and directed a political documentary about Sarah Palin, The Undefeated, that was commercially released in 2011.
11. He fired legendary Hollywood agent Mike Ovitz.
12. He has a radio show on SiriusXM.
13. His daughter Maureen went to West Point and served in the 101st Airborne.