Pete Buttigieg is an American Politician of South Bend, Indiana. He has a net worth of $250 thousand. Learn more about his life and career.
Full Name: Peter Paul Montgomery Buttigieg
Age: 39 years old
Date of Birth: January 19, 1982
Peter Paul Montgomery Buttigieg is his complete name. He was born in South Bend, Indiana on January 19, 1982. Pete was raised as a sole child of Joseph and Jennifer Anne Buttigieg.
His father was from Malta before he emigrated to the U.S. He studied to be a Jesuit priest first. Then, he became a professor of literature at Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, for 29 years. Anne Buttigieg’s ancestors come from Indiana.
Buttigieg studied at St. Joseph High School in South Bend and became a valedictorian of the class of 2000. He’s very good at writing. He won first prize during his senior year in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum’s Profiles in Courage essay contest.
His essay was about U.S. Representative Bernie Sanders of Vermont. It elaborated on his integrity and political courage. And, that essay made him travel to Boston to accept his award. He also met the members of President Kennedy’s family including Caroline Kennedy.
Buttigieg attended Harvard University. He majored in history and literature. There he became the president of the Student Advisory Committee of the Harvard Institute of Politics. That was his first exposure to politics.
He studied youth attitudes on politics where his undergraduate thesis entitled The Quiet American’s Errand into the Wilderness was inspired. The thesis was reflected in a novel by Graham Greene, The Quiet American.
Buttigieg eventually graduated from Phi Betta Kappa in 2004. He was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship. After that, he worked as an intern at WMAQ while he was in college. It was Chicago’s NBC News affiliate.
From 2002 to 2006, he also became an intern for some Democratic campaigns, including Jill Long Thompson’s unsuccessful 2002 congressional bid, John Kerry’s unsuccessful 2004 presidential campaign, and Joe Donnelly’s successful 2006 congressional campaign.
Moving on to 2007, he got first-class honors from his BA course in philosophy, politics, and economics at Pembroke College, Oxford.
He was the editor of Oxford International Review and the co-founder and a member of the Democratic Renaissance Project, a discussion group of Oxford student debaters.
In his early years, Buttigieg worked as a Conference Director of the Cohen Group (2004 to 2005). Then, he took a job as a Consultant in the Chicago Office of McKinsey & Company after he earned his Oxford degree.
He focused on energy, retail, economic development, and logistics for three years. His clients while working at McKinsey include Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Best Buy, as well as several government agencies including the EPA, Energy Department, Defense Department, and Postal Service.
When he took a leave from his job at McKinsey, he became a Research Director for Jill Long Thompson’s campaign for governor of Indiana. But it turned out unsuccessful. In 2010, he finally left McKinsey to focus his campaign for Indiana State Treasurer.
Since 2005, he worked with the Truman National Security Project as a fellow with expertise in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He was one of the organization’s Board of Advisors in 2014.
It was in 2009 when he joined the U.S. Navy Reserve through the direct commission officer program. He took a leave as a Mayor of South Bend to move to Afghanistan in 2014.
He was assigned to a unit that identified and disrupted terrorist finance networks. Buttigieg also worked for his commander as an armed driver. They took more than 100 trips from Bagram Air Base to Kabul.
Buttigieg learned some Dar while serving in Afghanistan. It’s a dialect of the Persian language spoken in the region. He received Joint Service Commendation Medal and Joint Meritorious Unit Award. In 2017, he was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy Reserve.
Buttigieg had an unsuccessful run as State Treasurer of Indiana in 2010. But he became the 32nd Mayor of South Bend two years after. He took office as young as 29 years old.
He was the second youngest mayor in South Bend history. He’s also the youngest mayor of a U.S. city with at least 100,000 residents.
In December 2018, he announced not continuing the pursuit of this third term as Mayor of South Bend. In 2020, Buttigieg was a candidate for the Presidential Election under the Democratic Party’s Nomination. He would be the first openly LGBT president of the U.S if he was nominated.
Buttigieg supports many programs such as universal healthcare, universal background checks for firearms purchases, labor unions, federal legislation banning discrimination against LGBT people, protecting the environment by addressing climate change, and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
In June 2015, Pete Buttigieg came out as gay in a piece in the South Bend Tribune. He was also the first elected gay official from Indiana. Buttigieg is the first highest elected gay official of Indiana. And, he’s also the first Democratic presidential gay candidate.
He married Chasten Glezman on June 16, 2018. Glezman is a junior high school teacher. Both had been dating since August 2015. They met on a dating app called Hinge.
With the love they had for each other, they got engaged in December 2017. Then, the two love birds got married in a private ceremony at the cathedral of St. James in South Bend.
Buttigieg is a talented guy. He knew different languages such as Norweigan, Spanish, Italian, French, Maltese, Arabic, Dari, Persian, and English.
Pete paid $125,000 for a home in South Bend, Indiana. He bought it out of foreclosure. It was a 2,500 square-foot home with four bedrooms that was roughly doubled in value since the last purchase.
Pete Buttigieg Total Net Worth
Pete Buttigieg earned a $149,000 salary as a Mayor of South Bend, Indiana. Disclosed in May 2019, Pete earned $75,000 in advance for his book.
It also showed that he and his husband, Chasten, own as much as $50,000 worth of stock from Apple and $15,000 worth of stock from Google.
Pete disclosed that he has somewhere in between $100,000 and $350,000 a student loan debt due in the next 25 years. All these helped him achieve a total net worth of $250,000.