Jon Huntsman Jr. Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 31 Jan, 2020
Facts of Jon Huntsman Jr.
Date of Birth: 1960 , March-26
Age: 60 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Name Jon Huntsman Jr.
Birth Name Jon Meade Huntsman Jr.
Nick Name Jon
Father Jon Huntsman Sr.
Mother Karen Haight
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Redwood City, California
Ethnicity White
Profession Former Governor of Utah
Net Worth $900 million
Eye Color Brown
Hair Color Brown
Face Color White
Married Yes
Married to Mary Kaye Huntsman (m. 1983)
Children 6
Divorce N/A
Education University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, University of Utah
Siblings Peter Huntsman, Kathleen Ann Huntsman, James Huntsman
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Synopsis

Fifty-six years old, Jon Meade Huntsman is an American politician, businessman, and diplomat. From 2005 to 2009, he served as the 16th Governor of Utah, and as United States Ambassador to Singapore from 1992 to 1993, and China from 2009 to 2011.

After resigning the ambassadorship in 2011, Jon Huntsman served in the administrations of five U.S. Presidents and was a candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

Son of a Billionaire Businessman 

Jon Huntsman was born on March 26, 1960, in Redwood City, California, United States America. He is the eldest of nine siblings. He spent his early years with his father Jon Huntsman Sr. who is a billionaire businessman and philanthropist. Karen Huntsman is her mother's name.

Jon Huntsman's family left Washington in 1971 when his father became CEO of the Huntsman Container Corporation, famous for creating the ‘clamshell’ container for the McDonald’s Big Mac, at last transforming them into a multi-billion dollar company.

Jon Huntsman attended Highland High School in Salt Lake City at the age of 15. He dropped out of high school to pursue a musical career as a keyboard player in the rock band. After that, he acquired a G.E.D and was admitted to the University of Utah, where he served as a Mormon missionary in Taiwan for two years.

After completing his high school, Jon Huntsman moved to the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a degree in international politics.

Political Career

Jon Huntsman moved to Taiwan in the late 1980s, where he served as V.P. for Huntsman Pacific Chemical, helping the company expand globally. After serving as vice-chairman of the Huntsman Corporation, he was appointed deputy U.S. Trade representative and U.S Trade ambassador.

Jon Huntsman and his family returned to Utah in 2004, where he successfully ran to become the 16th Governor of Utah. In 2008, he won reelection with over 78 percent of the statewide vote.

2012 GOP Race

At the beginning of his career, he looked like a promising candidate for her foreign policy experience, moderate position on some social issues, and his fiscal conservatism. Time magazine even called to Huntsman “The Potential Republican Presidential candidate Democrats Most Fear”, however, Huntsman, failed to gain much momentum in his bid for the Republican nomination.

He was never able to distinguish himself from shallow moderate Mitt Romney, and could not attract the support from the religious right. Shortly after an upsetting third-place finish in the 2012 New Hampshire Republican Primary, that time he resigned from the race.

Personal life and Affair

Jon Huntsman Jr. has been married to Mary Kaye, who served as the First Lady of Utah from 2005 to 2009. The couple tied the knot in a lavish wedding ceremony in 1983.

The couple has seven children, two of who the duo adopted. Names of their children are Mary Anne, Abigail, Elizabeth, Jon III, William, Gracie Mei (adopted from China), and Asha Bharati (adopted from India).

Net worth, Salary and Body measurement

Jon Huntsman Jr. is a former Utah governor, ambassador to China and Singapore. He is also the 2011 U.S President Candidate.

According to multiple online sources, he has a whopping net worth of $3 billion, according to a 2018 report. He also owns a luxurious house in Salt Lake City, Utah.

His father Jon Huntsman Jr. had bought a $49.5 million worth house in Park City, Utah.

Social activities

Jon Huntsman Founder and Chairman Jon M. Huntsman oversee charitable foundation with a view to making life good for families around the world. His foundations have contributed hundreds of millions of dollars to charitable reasons around the globe to make our world a finer to live.

Combating Cancer

Jon Huntsman and Karen have donated and raised more than $350 million to establish and fund the Huntsman Cancer Institute and hospital.

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