Steve Bannon is a Breitbart News executive who surfaced as a key advisor to Donald Trump during his successful presidential campaign in 2016. Trump appointed Bannon as his new administration’s chief strategist and senior counselor in November 2016.
Steve Bannon was already a contentious figure. Bannon, like his friend and fellow conservative activist Andrew Breitbart, enjoys heated political debate and appears determined to demolish liberals and establishment figures of all stripes.
According to VICE News, he is a “right-wing Rottweiler.” Stephen Bannon was born in Virginia and received his bachelor’s degree in 1976 from Virginia Tech.
After graduating from Virginia Tech, he joined the United States Navy, where he served on destroyers before becoming a special assistant to the chief of Naval Operations at the Pentagon. (While there, he attended night school and earned a master’s degree in international studies from Georgetown University.)
After leaving the Navy, he enrolled in Harvard Business School in 1983 and went on to work for the investment bank Goldman Sachs.
He then founded his own media investment firm, Bannon & Company, and worked as a dealmaker for the sale of Castle Rock Entertainment in exchange for royalties from the TV show Seinfeld. The royalties increased his fortune, and his dealmaking gave him a foothold in Hollywood.
What is Steve Bannon’s Educational Background?
Bannon graduated in 1971 from Benedictine College Preparatory, a private, Catholic military high school in Richmond, Virginia, and then went on to Virginia Tech, where he was president of the student government association.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in urban planning from Virginia Tech’s College of Architecture and Urban Studies in 1976. He earned a master’s degree in national security studies from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in 1983 while serving in the navy. Bannon graduated with honors from Harvard Business School with a Master of Business Administration degree in 1985.