Who is Samantha Hegseth?
Samantha Sucop was born in on 1 January 1970, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, and is best known for being the ex-wife of Fox News Channel contributor Pete Hegseth. Her former husband previously served with the US military before later working in the field of broadcast journalism. He is a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump.
The Net Worth of Samantha Hegseth
How rich is Samantha Hegseth? As of early-2019, sources inform us of a net worth that is almost $500,000, earned through success in her various endeavors. Her wealth has been elevated thanks to the success of and divorce from her former husband, who has an estimated net worth of over $3 million. As she continues her career, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.
Early Life and Career
Very little information is known about Samantha’s childhood, her family, and her education. There is also very limited information about her career and her life before she met Pete. It is known that she worked in the organization called Vets For Freedom, which is a political advocacy organization founded in 2006, originally founded as the 527 group by veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and are a tax-exempt non-profit organization
The group have connections with Republican Party leaders, and they are known for supporting former Senator Joseph Lieberman. They are also known for spending a huge amount of money for campaign ads, and promoting the surge of US Troops during the 2007 Iraq War. They’ve received significant amounts of donations, including from casino magnate Sheldon Adelson. During her time there, Samantha worked as a spokeswoman for the group, and it was during this period that she met Pete who was working as an executive director for the company.
Ex-Husband Pete Hegseth
Pete is a Princeton University graduate and initially worked as an equity capital markets analyst for Bear Stearns, before being commissioned into the US Army National Guard as a reserve infantry officer. In 2004, his unit was called and he served as an infantry platoon leader at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, after which he went on to serve in Iraq. On return to the US, he briefly worked for the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research before leaving to work for Vets for Freedom, through which he advocated for greater troop presence in Iraq and Afghanistan.
He then started appearing on the Fox News Channel as a military analyst, and made appearances on various other networks too. He has been invited to write editorials for “The New York Post”, “The Wall Street Journal”, and “The Washington Post”. During the 2016 Republican Primaries he supported Donald Trump, and is one of his strongest supporters, frequently attacking the media and opposition against Trump, and has been heavily criticized for allowing Trump to make false claims in interviews without challenging him. He also made a statement on air that he does not believe in germs and has not washed his hands for 10 years.
My @NationalPestMgt speech tonight. Lovers of freedom!
— Pete Hegseth (@PeteHegseth) February 26, 2019
Marriage and Divorce
When Pete met Samantha, he was married to Meredith Schwarz, and while details have not been shared specifically about their relationship, it is often reported that they began it while he was still married. He divorced his first wife in 2009 and the following year married Samantha – the couple have three children together, the first of whom was born when they were not yet married. The family attended Eagle Brook Church and Pete was apparently an advocate of traditional family values. He mentioned that parents with kids should be prevented from divorcing, to encourage large productive families.
Despite his promotion of large families and traditional family values, it was reported sometime in 2016 that he has been in multiple extra-marital affairs. This was later proven true as Fox Executive Producer Jennifer Rauchet became pregnant with his child in 2017, which led to Pete and Samantha divorcing later in the year. Since their divorce, neither party has remarried, and she has moved farther away from media attention. Most of the attention during their marriage was with Pete anyway, and it continues to be so after their divorce. Despite his other relationships, he doesn’t seem intent on marrying again in the near future.
Samantha’s former husband has been in his share of controversies throughout his career. In 2015, during a live broadcast of “Fox & Friends”, Pete threw a double bit lumberjack axe that missed a wooden target and hit a drummer of the West Point Hellcats across the elbow, narrowly missed being struck by the axe’s sharp end directly but still received cuts. This was a violation of the co-ordination between the band and Fox, as there was an agreement not to throw any axes while the band is performing.
Pete was also formerly the chief executive director of another advocacy group called Concerned Veterans for America, which was funded by the billionaire Koch brothers. During that period, he hired his brother Philip and paid him $108,000 within a year. He also spent a good portion of the group’s resources on Christmas parties for families and friends, more than the group spent on candidates. He has also mocked “The New York Times” for their lack of coverage about the capture of five ISIS leaders, despite the fact that it was that very publication that broke the story in the first place.