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Donald Henry Rumsfeld was born on the 9th July 1932, in Chicago, Illinois USA, and is a Republican politician as well as a businessman, probably best known for being the 13th Secretary of Defence (from 1975 to 1977) under President Ford, and then the 21st Secretary of Defence (between 2001 and 2006) under President George W. Bush.

Have you ever wondered how much wealth this powerful man has accumulated so far? How rich Donald Rumsfeld is? According to sources, it is estimated that the total amount of Donald Rumsfeld’s net worth, as of mid-2016, is $15 million. It has been acquired throughout his political career, active since 1957, during which he has served in several important positions in the American Government, and business ventures.

Donald Rumsfeld Net Worth $15 Million

Donald Rumsfeld was born to Jeannette Kearlsley and George Donald Rumsfeld, into a family of German and American ancestry. As a youngster, Donald joined the Boy Scouts of America, and in 1949 was honored with its highest rank, an Eagle Scout. He attended Baker Demonstration School, and later New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois. Rumsfeld continued his education by enrolling at Princeton University from which he graduated in 1954 with an abbreviation degree in political science. Although he attended Case Western Reserve University School of Law and Georgetown University Law Center, he did not graduate from either.

Prior to engaging in politics, Donald Rumsfeld served in the US Navy between 1954 and 1957 as an airman. He began his political career in 1957, when he served as an administrative assistant to Ohio’s 11th district representative, Congressman David S. Dennison, during the administration of Dwight D. Eisenhower. In 1959, Donald transferred to Michigan where he was a staff assistant to Congressman Robert P. Griffin. Between 1960 and 1962, Donald Rumsfeld was engaged with A. G. Becker & Co., an investment banking firm. All these involvements provided the basis for Donald Rumsfeld’s net worth.

Donald Rumsfeld’s political rise really started in 1962, when as a 30 year-old he was elected to the US House of Representatives for the 13th congressional district of Illinois. He was re-elected to this position in 1964, 1966 and 1968, but after his fourth term he resigned to serve in a variety of executive branch positions in the administration of President Richard Nixon. These accomplishments helped Donald Rumsfeld to establish himself on the political scene, and certainly increased his overall net worth.

In 1973, Donald Rumsfeld was appointed the US Ambassador to NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) in Brussels, Belgium before he was called back to the states in 1974, when Richard Nixon resigned his presidency. Donald was appointed White House Chief of Staff for the new President, Gerald Ford, but just a year later he named the 13th US Secretary of Defense in which post he remained until 1977. Doubtlessly, these engagements made a huge, positive impact on Donald Rumsfeld’s net worth.

In the course of the next two decades, between 1977 and 2000, Donald Rumsfeld made some efforts towards his business career, including as a lecturer at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School, CEO of G. D. Searle & Company, CEO of the General Instrument Corporation, as well as chairman of Gilead Sciences, Inc. These ventures resulted in a very profitable addition to Donald Rumsfeld’s net worth in total.

In 2001, Donald Rumsfeld returned to politics, when he was again named as Secretary of Defense, this time under President George W. Bush, in which position he was a key man in planning the response to the 9/11 attacks, as well as for launching the war against Iraq and Afghanistan.

In 2006, Donald Rumsfeld retired from politics, and subsequently spent some time writing and publishing two of his three books, largely based on his political and business achievements; “Strategic imperatives in East Asia” (1988), “Known and Unknown: A Memoir” (2011) and “Rumsfeld’s Rules” (2013), which added somewhat to his net worth.

Donald is also the holder of countless honors and awards, of which the most notable are the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Dwight D. Eisenhower Medal and Ronald Reagan Freedom Award.

When it comes to his personal life, Donald Rumsfeld has been married to Joyce Pierson since 1954, with whom he has three children, expanding to six grandchildren and even one great-grandchild.

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15 Septembers Later 2016 Documentary
The View 2016 TV Series Himself
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert 2016 TV Series Himself - Former Defense Secretary
Today 2016 TV Series Himself - Former Defense Secretary
The Draft 2015 TV Movie documentary Himself - Former U.S. Secretary of Defense
The Presidents' Gatekeepers 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself
Fox and Friends 2013 TV Series Himself
The Unknown Known 2013 Documentary Himself
Charlie Rose 1996-2013 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
Hannity 2012-2013 TV Series Himself
Larry King Now 2013 TV Series Himself
America's Book of Secrets 2012-2013 TV Series documentary Himself
CBS This Morning 2013 TV Series Himself
Lou Dobbs Tonight 2013 TV Series Himself
Piers Morgan Tonight 2011-2013 TV Series Himself
Independent Lens 2013 TV Series documentary Himself
The World According to Dick Cheney 2013 Documentary Himself
America Live 2012 TV Series Himself
The Hunt for Bin Laden 2012 TV Movie documentary Himself - Secretary of Defense
War on Terror 2011 Documentary
Beyond 9/11: Portraits of Resilience 2011 Documentary Himself
Face the Nation 2005-2011 TV Series Himself
Fareed Zakaria GPS 2011 TV Series Himself
9/11: Day That Changed the World 2011 TV Movie documentary
Freedom Watch with Judge Napolitano 2011 TV Series Himself
The Daily Show 2011 TV Series Himself
Late Show with David Letterman 2011 TV Series Himself
The Afghan Solution 2011 Video documentary Himself
9/11 State of Emergency 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself
Leading to War 2008 Video documentary Himself
Loose Change: Final Cut 2007 Video documentary Himself
American Morning 2002-2006 TV Series Himself / Himself - Interviewee / Secretary of Defense
CNN Live From... 2001-2006 TV Series Himself / Himself - interviewee / Secretary of Defense
CNN Live Today 2006 TV Series Himself
Larry King Live 2004-2005 TV Series Himself
Now 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
Hannity & Colmes 2005 TV Series Himself
Aristide and the Endless Revolution 2005 Documentary Himself
Fox News Sunday 2003-2005 TV Series Himself
Meet the Press 2001-2005 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
This Week 2005 TV Series Himself
NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt 2004-2005 TV Series Himself
The O'Reilly Factor 2004 TV Series Himself
Diary of a Political Tourist 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
Breakfast with Frost 2004 TV Series Himself
Anderson Cooper 360° 2004 TV Series Himself
Paula Zahn Now 2004 TV Series Himself
ABC World News Tonight with David Muir 2004 TV Series Himself
BBC World News 2004 TV Series Himself
CBS Evening News with Dan Rather 2004 TV Series Himself
Frontline 2002-2004 TV Series documentary Himself
Without Fear or Favor: The Best in Broadcast Journalism 2004 TV Special documentary Himself
60 Minutes 2002-2003 TV Series documentary Himself - Defense Secretary / Himself - Secretary of Defense (segment "Iraqi Oil")
Sabine Christiansen 2003 TV Series Himself
The Hunt for Osama bin Laden 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
CNN Newsroom 2002 TV Series Himself - Interviewee / Secretary of Defense
Wolf Blitzer Reports 2002 TV Series Himself - Interviewee / Secretary of Defense
Opération lune 2002 TV Movie Himself
Headline News 2002 TV Series Himself - Interviewee / Secretary of Defense
CNN Special Reports 2001 TV Series Himself - Interviewee / Secretary of Defense
Free to Choose 1980 TV Series documentary Himself
The Mike Douglas Show 1970-1976 TV Series Himself - US Secy of Defense / Himself - Asst. to US President / Himself - Office of Economic Opportunity
Sammy and Company 1975 TV Series Himself
Firing Line 1969 TV Series Himself - Guest

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Archive Footage

Marvel's Captain America: 75 Heroic Years 2016 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Genocide Gentleman: Class A War Criminals of UK and US 2015 Video documentary
International Desk 2014 TV Series Himself
JFK to 9/11: Everything Is a Rich Man's Trick 2014 Video documentary Himself
Frontline 2008-2014 TV Series documentary Himself / Himself - Secretary of Defense
Whistleblowers: The Untold Stories 2012-2013 TV Series Himself - Secretary of Defesne under President Bush / Himself - Secretary of Defense
Tails You Win: The Science of Chance 2012 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Kriegsversprechen II - Terrormanagement im 21. Jahrhundert 2012 Video documentary Himself
Top Priority: The Terror Within 2012 Documentary Himself - Former Secretary of Defense
Shadows of Liberty 2012 Documentary Himself - former US Secretary of Defense
Love Lust 2011 TV Series documentary Himself
Joschka und Herr Fischer 2011 Documentary Himself
Voice of America News 2011 TV Series Himself - Former Secretary of Defense
Ethos 2011/I Documentary Himself
Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura 2009-2010 TV Series documentary Himself
Psywar 2010 Documentary Himself
Aftermath with William Shatner 2010 TV Series documentary Himself
30 Rock 2010 TV Series Himself
The Tillman Story 2010 Documentary Himself
Operación Pandemia 2009 Video documentary short Himself
National Geographic Explorer 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
Iran and the West 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
Dangerous Dynasty: The Bush Legacy 2009 Video documentary short Himself (uncredited)
Double Take 2009 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
The Shock Doctrine 2009 Documentary Himself
Being W 2008 Documentary Himself
Superpower 2008 Documentary Himself
Blood and Oil 2008 Video documentary Himself
Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden? 2008 Documentary Himself
Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson 2008 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
I.O.U.S.A. 2008 Documentary Himself
History of the National Security State 2008 Video documentary Himself
60 Minutes 2001-2007 TV Series documentary Himself - Secretary of Defense (segment "Exposing the Truth") / Himself - Secretary of Defense (segment "Secrets from Guantanamo Bay") / Himself - Secretary of Defense (segment "Condoleezza Rice") / ...
Zeitgeist 2007 Video documentary Himself (uncredited)
War Made Easy: How Presidents & Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death 2007 Documentary Himself
Taxi to the Dark Side 2007 Documentary Himself
Larry Flynt: The Right to Be Left Alone 2007 Documentary Himself
No End in Sight 2007 Documentary Himself
Ghosts of Abu Ghraib 2007 Documentary Himself
Unter falscher Flagge 2007 Video documentary Himself
911 Octopus 2006 Video documentary Himself - U.S. Secretary of Defense
Al Jazeera English 2006 TV Series Himself
NCIS 2006 TV Series Himself
Insiders 2003-2006 TV Series Himself
Have I Got News for You 2006 TV Series Himself
Shut Up & Sing 2006 Documentary Himself
...So Goes the Nation 2006 Documentary Himself
Hardball with Chris Matthews 2006 TV Series Himself
NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt 2006 TV Series Himself - Secretary of Defense
The Human Behavior Experiments 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
SuperNews! 2006 TV Series Himself
The Hour 2006 TV Series Himself
The Road to Guantanamo 2006 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
My Child: Mothers of War 2006 Documentary Himself
Saddam Hussein: Histoire d'un procès annoncé 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
Beyond Treason 2005 Video documentary Himself (uncredited)
Torture: The Guantanamo Guidebook 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Why We Fight 2005 Documentary Himself
Last Laugh '04 2004 TV Movie Himself
Saddam Hussein: le procès que vous ne verrez pas 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
Unconstitutional 2004 Video documentary Himself
Uncovered: The War on Iraq 2004 Documentary Himself
WMD: Weapons of Mass Deception 2004 Documentary Himself
The World According to Bush 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
Fahrenheit 9/11 2004 Documentary Himself
Le 11 septembre n'a pas eu lieu... 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
Le grand complot 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
Freedom2speak v2.0 2004 Documentary Himself
Control Room 2004 Documentary Himself
LSD a Go Go 2004 Documentary short Himself
The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Our Friend Saddam 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
Året der gik 2003 2003 TV Special Himself
National Geographic: 21 Days to Baghdad 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself - Secretary of Defense
Sendung ohne Namen 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
Bowling for Columbine 2002 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
What Really Happened on September 11th 2002 TV Series Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2005 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Supporting Actor Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

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1 Son of George Donald Rumsfeld (b. Illinois, 10 October 1904, d. September 1974), who worked on Real Estate, and wife Jeannette Huster (b. Illinois, 27 May 1903, d. 3 May 1988).
2 Met Elvis Presley in Las Vegas in backstage with Sammy Davis Jr..
3 Resigned as Secretary of Defense on November 6, 2006. His resignation was announced by President George W. Bush on November 8, 2006.
4 His ancestors come from a little town named Weyhe, located a little south of Bremen in Germany.
5 Having served as Secretary of Defense under both Gerald Ford (he was also chief of staff to that president in the mid-1970s) and 'George W. Bush', Donald Rumsfeld has the distinction of being both the youngest and the oldest Defense Secretary in U.S. history.
6 Rumsfeld was once the All-Navy Wrestling Champion.
7 Served as U.S. Ambassador to NATO (1973-1974)
8 Was U.S. Congressman from Illinois (1963-1969)
9 U.S. Secretary of Defense under President George W. Bush (2001-2006); previously served in that position from 1975-1977 under President Gerald Ford.

1 [observation, 2015] The idea that we could fashion a democracy in Iraq seemed to me unrealistic.
2 Nineteen hijackers, using commercial airliners as guided missiles to incinerate three thousand men, women and children, was perhaps the most horrific single unknown unknown America has experienced.
3 When you say, 'How can you know?'. the answer is, you can't. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could see around corners - have our imagination anticipate every conceivable thing that could happen, and then - from that full array and spectrum - pick out the ones that will happen?
4 [at a press conference, April 11, 2003] Stuff happens. But it is a fundamental misunderstanding to see those images, over and over and over again, of some boy walking out with a vase and say, 'Oh, my goodness, you didn't have a plan'.
5 [on the war in Iraq] I don't do quagmires.
6 I think all of us have a sense if we imagine the kind of world we would face if the people who bombed the mess hall in Mosul, or the people who did the bombing in Spain, or the people who attacked the United States in New York, shot down the plane over Pennsylvania and attacked the Pentagon, the people who cut off peoples' heads on television to intimidate, to frighten indeed the word 'terrorized' is just that. Its purpose is to terrorize, to alter behavior, to make people be something other than that which they want to be.
7 My family originates from northern Germany. People there are well known for their direct and clear manner of speaking.
8 We acted in Iraq because we saw the evidence in a dramatic new light - through the prism of our experience on 9/11.
9 Reports that say something hasn't happened are always interesting to me because, as we know, there are known knowns - there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns - that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns - the ones we don't know we don't know.
10 (In response to a reporter asking him why he is wearing a suit and tie at a press conference held at President Bush's ranch) "I don't own any casual clothes. Next question, please."

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