17 Things to Know About Steve Bannon (PHOTOS)

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17 Things to Know About Steve Bannon (PHOTOS)

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17 Things to Know About Steve Bannon (PHOTOS)

He's one of Donald Trump's most trusted advisors — with some even suggesting he's the real president. But what do you really know about the White House Chief Strategist?

Here are just a few facts about the man behind the man.

17 Things to Know About Steve Bannon (PHOTOS)
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He was Executive Chair of Breitbart News

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He was Executive Chair of Breitbart News

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Before taking on his position in Trump's cabinet, Steve led the far-right news site, describing it as "the platform for the alt-right." 

Alt-right is basically a rebranding for white nationalism, such as the movement led by Richard Spencer.

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His parents were Democrats

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His parents were Democrats

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He grew up in a working class, Democrat Irish-Catholic household.

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He's a Navy vet

He's a Navy vet

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Steve was a naval officer in the late '70s and early '80s, reaching the rank of lieutenant before his discharge.

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He has some interesting heroes

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He has some interesting heroes

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One quote that raised some eyebrows came shortly after the election. "Darkness is good," he said in a Hollywood Reporter interview. "Dick Cheney, Darth Vader, Satan. That's power."

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He worked for Goldman Sachs

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He worked for Goldman Sachs

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The fact Steve was a vice president at Goldman-Sachs was not entirely lost on Hillary supporters, given how much grief she took over paid speeches she gave to the investment firm.


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'Seinfeld' made him rich

'Seinfeld' made him rich

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After Goldman Sachs, Steve started an investment bank called Bannon & Co. When the company negotiated the sale of Castle Rock Entertainment to Ted Turner, he asked for financial stake in five television shows in lieu of payment. 

One of those shows just so happened to be the wildly successful and widely syndicated Seinfeld

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And he is definitely rich!

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And he is definitely rich!

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According to Celebrity Net Worth, his fortune is estimated at $20M.

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He ran Biosphere 2

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He ran Biosphere 2

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A project that originally intended to research methods for terraforming other planets — think Biodome — Biosphere 2 ran into major problems, from oxygen shortages to species dying off to fights among researchers, under Steve's direction.

He resigned from his position as acting director of the project in 1995.

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He produced a Sean Penn film

He produced a Sean Penn film

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Unsuccessful in earth sciences, Steve went to Hollywood, where he produced 18 films including The Indian Runner, starring Sean Penn.

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He made a documentary about Ronald Reagan

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He made a documentary about Ronald Reagan

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In the Face of Evil, based on the book Reagan's War, focuses on the 40th president's war against communism.

The film is how Steve got to know Andrew Breitbart of Breitbart News. 

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Andrew Breitbart compared him to a Nazi — and meant it as a compliment

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Andrew Breitbart compared him to a Nazi — and meant it as a compliment

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The ultra-conservative media mogul called Steve "the Leni Riefenstahl of the Tea Party movement." 

Leni Riefenstahl is the director who created several Nazi propaganda films including Triumph of the Will, which has been called one of the greatest propaganda films in history.


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He holds multiple master's degrees

He holds multiple master's degrees

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In addition to a master's degree in national security studies from Georgetown University School of Foreign service, he earned an MBA with honors from Harvard Business School in 1985. 

He earned his bachelor's in urban planning from Virginia Tech.

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He's not the biggest Paul Ryan fan

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He's not the biggest Paul Ryan fan

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In 2016, Steve equated the House Speaker with the establishment, quipping, "We say Paul Ryan was grown in a petri dish at the Heritage Foundation.”

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He has been married three times

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He has been married three times

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All three marriages ended in divorce.

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He was accused of domestic violence by his second wife, Mary Louise Piccard

He was accused of domestic violence by his second wife, Mary Louise Piccard

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The charges were dropped when she did not appear in court. 

Mary Louise was reportedly intimidated by her ex's lawyer not to appear in court, an accusation the attorney denies. 

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He has three daughters

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He has three daughters

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Steve had his eldest daughter, Maureen, with his first wife, and twin girls, Grace and Emily, with his second wife. The twins carry their mother's last name.

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He once called himself a Leninist

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He once called himself a Leninist

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"I’m a Leninist ... Lenin wanted to destroy the state, and that’s my goal, too. I want to bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today’s establishment." 


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He's one of Donald Trump's most trusted advisors — with some even suggesting he's the real president. But what do you really know about the White House Chief Strategist?

Here are just a few facts about the man behind the man.