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Greg Gianforte, Biography, Career, Investment, Age, Family, Height, Education, and Net Worth.
Who is Greg Gianforte?
Greg Gianforte is An American politician, businessman, software engineer, and author. Currently, he serving as the 25th governor of Montana.
He has been serving in that position since 2021. Moreover, he is a member of the Republican Party, he has also served as the Representative for Montana’s at-large Congressional District from 2017 to 2021.
Furthermore, together with his wife, they co-founded RightNow Technologies in 1997. The company is a customer relationship management software company. The company went public in 2004 and by that time it had employed more than 1000 employees and executives on several continents. Moreover, in 2011 the company was acquired by Oracle Corporation for $1.5 billion.
Greg started his career in 1983 at Bell Laboratories working in product acquisition. However, he was frustrated by the corporate hierarchy at Bell Labs. He decided to leave the company and co-founded another company called Brightwork Development Inc. The company was a developer of server-based LAN management software for the banking industry which was based in Tinton Falls, New Jersey.
However, in 1994 together with his partner sold the company for $10 million to McAfee Associate. After that, he started working for McAfee as head of North American sales. Moreover, in 1995 he relocated to Bozeman, Montana.
In 1997, together with his wife, they founded RightNow Technologies. Part of their strategy was to leverage the internet as a means to overcome geographical barriers to building a globalized business. In 2004, the company decided to publicize itself. At the time it was going public it had employed more than 1000 employees and executives. Some of its executives included Senator Steve Daines.
Seven-year later after going public it was acquired by Oracle Corporation in 2011 for $1.5 billion. By the time it was being acquired his 20% stake was worth $290 million. In addition, the company had contracts with Federal agencies. The federal agencies were handling all of the online search queries for the Social Security Administration and Medicare websites.
In 2005 he collaborated with Marcus Gibson a London-based author and published a business book titled Bootstrapping your Business, start and grow a successful company with almost no money. In addition, he has also offered lectures on entrepreneurship, and on building a global business.
How Old Is Greg Gianforte?
Gianforte was born on April 17, 1961, he is 60 years as of 2021.
Greg Gianforte Family
Who are His Parents?
He was born in San Diego, California to Frank Richard and Dale Douglass. His father was an aerospace engineer and later as a landlord. On the other hand, his mother was working for General Dynamics in San Diego, she later became a school mathematics teacher. However, both of his parents are deceased.
Does He Have Siblings?
He has two younger brothers, Douglas, and Michael, though much is not known about them.
Greg Gianforte Education
He attended Upper Merion Area High School in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the school in 1979. After that, he joined Stevens Institute of Technology, a private University in Hoboken New Jersey. He graduated in 1983 with a B.E. in electrical engineering and a master’s degree in computer science.
Greg Gianforte Wife
He is happily married to Susan Gianforte, the two tied the knot in 1988. The two lovebirds met while working at Bell Labs in New Jersey.
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Greg Gianforte Children
They have been blessed with four children
Together with his wife, they founded the Gianforte Family Foundation. The foundation was promoting his creationist beliefs in the public sphere. Moreover, the foundation has made tens of millions of dollars in charitable contributions.
The foundation’s primary mission is to support “the work of faith-based organizations engaged in outreach work, family strengthening, and helping the needy; organizations in Montana working to improve education, support entrepreneurship, and create jobs; and organizations that enhance the local community of Bozeman, Montana.”
Moreover, the company has three trustees, Greg, his wife Susan, and his son Richard. The foundation had three assets of 113 million in 2013. In addition by 2013, the company had assets worth $113 million. Moreover, it had given almost $ 900,000 to the Montan Family Foundation.
Being a businessman he had different interests and investments. He was appointed to the board of FICO, in November 2013. The company deals with profiling consumer credit risk for lenders. In addition, still in the same month, he acquired 8,000 shares of FICO, which was at that time was valued at over $464, 000.
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Furthermore, Gianforte is a partner at MGRR No. 1, a limited liability business that has received grain subsidies since 1995. Gianforte was the first chair of the Montana High Tech Business Alliance’s board of directors. When he was inducted into Congress in June 2017, he resigned as board chair.
Gianforte said in financial disclosure forms filed in 2017 that he held $150,000 in VanEck Vectors Russia ETF and $92,400 in IShares MSCF Russia ETF, totaling slightly under $250,000 in two exchange-traded funds focusing on investments in Russia.
US House of Representatives.
On January 25, 2017, Greg declared his intention to run for the position. On March 1, 2017, Ryan Zinke of Montana’s at-large congressional district and a Republican stepped down. His resignation came after he was approved by the Senate as the new US Secretary of the Interior. Greg was nominated as the Republican nominee at a Marc 6th, Convention. In the special election, he faced Ro Quist a Democratic candidate, and Mark Wicks a Libertarian nominee.
Vice President Mike Pence and Donald Trump Jr.supported Gianforte’s candidacy in Montana. Gianforte leaned in close to Trump’s political themes, stressing his outsider status as a first-time political candidate, highlighting his expertise as a technology entrepreneur, and attacking policies that led to sanctuary cities and “the liberal elite.”
His candidacy was high challenged by Kathleen Williams, a Democratic Party nominee and a state legislator and natural resources expert. In addition, he was also challenged by Libertarian Party Candidate Elinor Swanson, a lawyer from Billing.
Governor of Montana
Greg declared his bid to run for the gubernatorial position on January 20, 2016, through a Republican Party’s nomination for Governor of Montana in the 2016 election. However, after announcing his bid a citizen filed a complaint against him claiming he started the campaign before registering. The complaint was later dismissed.
Gianforte vowed not to take special interest PAC money during his gubernatorial race and launched television advertisements condemning his opponent for doing so. However, he came under fire after an audiotape leaked exposing his prior advocacy for a state sales tax to replace state income tax and state corporate tax revenue.
After a tough battle during the campaign period against incumbent Steve Bullock, a Democratic candidate, he was defeated with 50% to 46% of the votes
After announcing his intention he competed with Al Olszewski and Tim Fox for the Republican party ticket. He went ahead and won the nomination ticket. During the general election, he faced Lieutenant governor Mike Cooney and he became governor-elect. After winning he was sworn in on January 4th, 2021.
Greg Gianforte Height
He stands at an average height of 1.78m tall and weighs 80kg.
Greg Gianforte Net Worth
As of 2017, he had a net worth of $315 million.
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