Ivanka Trump’s husband, Jared Kushner, is a major player in the Trump campaign — here are 12 things to know about him

Ivanka Trump has emerged as a major force in her father’s presidential campaign. She introduced him before he accepted the Republican presidential nomination on Thursday night, and many hope that her professional success and public poise will help win over female voters. But her less-often-seen husband, Jared Kushner, has developed a key role in the campaign as well. He’s proven influential in many of Trump’s decisions, and is said to temper his father-in-law’s often brash conduct.

Here are 12 things to know about him:


Jared Kushner is the son of Charles Kushner, a real-estate developer and a major philanthropist and donor to the Democratic Party. The elder Kushner also spent two years in prison for making illegal campaign contributions, tax evasion, and witness tampering.

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The grandson of Holocaust survivors, Jared Kushner was raised in an Orthodox Jewish family in New Jersey. He earned an undergraduate degree from Harvard and an MBA and JD from New York University.

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At 25, Kushner bought The New York Observer for $10 million. He’s been credited with increasing the weekly newspaper’s online presence and helping it become profitable for the first time.

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Kushner is also an active real-estate investor. In 2006, when he was 26, he made the then most expensive single property purchase in history, buying the office building at 666 Fifth Avenue for $1.8 billion. In 2008, he became CEO of Kushner Cos.

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In 2009, Kushner married Ivanka Trump in a Jewish ceremony. Ivanka converted to Orthodox Judaism before the wedding. They have three children: 5-year-old Arabella, 2-year-old Joseph, and 4-month-old Theodore.

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Kushner has played a major role in his father-in-law’s presidential campaign, even though he has no official role. Sources close to Trump have said that Kushner has encouraged his father-in-law to behave like a more traditional candidate by building relationships with politicians and donors.

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Kushner helped smooth Trump’s relationship with Jewish leaders by helping him craft a March speech to the pro-Israel American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

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A friend of Rupert Murdoch, Kushner also helped Trump reconcile with Fox News after his controversial criticism of Megyn Kelly.

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Kushner reportedly played a role, along with Trump’s three oldest children, in the firing of former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.

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Kushner was caught up in the controversy surrounding Trump’s retweet of an image depicting Hillary Clinton and a Star of David, which many saw as anti-Semitic. When a writer at his newspaper wrote him an open letter criticizing the candidate’s conduct, he responded, arguing that his father-in-law supports his and his family’s faith.


Kushner was also said to have helped in the selection of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as Trump’s running mate.

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Trump has repeatedly praised Kushner, saying that “Jared is an amazing son-in-law, and we are very close,” and describing him as “a big and bold thinker.”

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