William Barr is an American lawyer and government official- currently serving as the attorney general of the United States of America. He was born on May 23rd 1950 in New York City to Mr. Donald Barr and Ms. Mary Margaret. He is the second born in a family of four sons. Both of his parents were faculty members in Columbia University, with his father teaching English Literature at the university before he joined Dalton School as the headmaster.
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William Barr Education Details
Barr attended the catholic Corpus Christi school and then went on to Horace Mann School. He later joined Columbia University where he studied government and graduated in 1971.
Barr moved to Washington D.C upon securing a job with the Central Intelligence Agency. While there, he joined George Washington University where he took evening classes and graduated in 1977 with a jurist doctorate.
William Barr Career Details
In 1989, Barr was appointed an assistant attorney general by the then president George W. Bush. He served diligently and in 1990, he was appointed deputy attorney general. In 1991, the serving attorney general Richard Thornburgh resigned to go into politics. Barr became the acting attorney general. Later, the president nominated him for the position of attorney general and upon approval by the Senate Judiciary Committee, he was sworn in as attorney general in November 1991.
Barr served as the attorney general for the United States of America until 1993 when Bush left. He then went into the private sector, landing a major deal with the giant telecommunications firm GTE where he served as its vice president and general counsel. His tenure with GTE propelled Barr into a multimillionaire from the lucrative salary and other benefits that he enjoyed.
In 2000, GTE merged with Bell Atlantic to form Verizon. Barr was then retained as vice president and general counsel. The deal saw to it that Barr enjoyed improved remunerations and benefits including a $31000 flexible spending allowance, about $11000 dollars for financial planning and access to the company’s private jet for personal use.
From 2001 t0 2007, Barr earned an average of $1.7 million dollars in annual salary and bonuses. He also received stock options from the companies he worked for. Trading in some of the stocks during his tenure in Verizon, Barr is said to have earned an estimated $3 million after taxation. On his public financial declaration, which is a document that does not capture the exact wealth a person has, it is projected that William Barr is worth between $24 million and $74 million.
Barr retired from Verizon in 2008. His retirement package included $17.1 million from Verizon’s income deferral plan and an additional $10.4 million separation payment.
Retiring from Verizon, Barr briefly joined Kirkland and Ellis as counsel in 2009. He then left and embarked on offering consultancy to corporations on government enforcement matters and regulatory litigation. He later rejoined Kirkland and Ellis in 2017. In 2009, Barr joined the board of directors for Time Warner where he served up to 2018.
Towards the end of 2018, American president, Donald Trump nominated William Barr to serve as attorney general. He was then confirmed in early 2019 and continues to serve till present.
With a career spanning decades in the government and top private firms, coupled with private practice where he had high profile clients, William Barr can only be described as the epitome of financial success.
William Barr Is Married With Kids
William Barr married Christine Moynihan in 1973 and together, they bore three daughters – Mary, Patricia and Meg (Margaret). When Barr was appointed attorney general in the trump administration, his daughter, who was then working in the justice department, stepped down from the position, even though she was not legally required to do so. This was in a bid to curb any inconveniences and public inquest that could arise as a result of having them working for Barr. This was also deepened by having Michael Daly, husband to Mary, working in the National Security Division in the same department.
Barr is a Catholic in religion, is 69 years of age, having been born in May 23rd 1960 and therefore belongs to the star sign Gemini. He is an American of white Caucasian descent and currently resides in New York City.
William Barr Body Measurements
He stands 176cm in height and weighs about 80Kg (176lbs).
William Barr Personal Interests
In addition, Barr is a seasoned bagpiper, having played the pipe since his childhood and later performing competitively when he joined a major band in America. He at one point became a member of the City of Washington Pipe Band. His hobbies include playing golf and reading books. He has an undying taste for Chinese dishes.