Condoleezza Rice’s excursion into the world of elite politics is at the top of the list for many reasons, the biggest or most striking being her ethnicity. Rice is only the second black person and the second woman to be appointed US Secretary of State. But like former President Barack Obama, she is the first black American ever appointed to such a prestigious office. This happened in 2004 under then-President George W. Bush.
Condoleezza Rice full Bio
Rice, whose legacy stretches back to Europe and Africa, was born of a mother who was a high school science and music teacher and a father who was a career counselor and Presbyterian minister. She was born in Birmingham, Alabama, on 14 November 1954.
From the age of three, Rice had a love of languages, the arts, and music. When she was fifteen years old, she wanted to become a concert pianist, but life had other plans. In 1971 she graduated from a Catholic girls’ school, St. Mary’s Academy in Colorado. She then went to the University of Denver to study music. However, due to a series of events and participation in a course in international politics, she later changed her major and graduated with a B.A., cum laude, in political science.
She received her M.A. in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame in 1975, followed by an internship at the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the Foreign Office in 1977. In 1981, at the age of 26, she received her doctorate from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.
In 1981, Rice became Assistant Professor of Political Science at Stanford University and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1987. In 1989, under National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft, she served as a Soviet expert on the United States National Security Council. Two years later she returned to Stanford and became a personal mentee of George P. Shultz, who served as Secretary of State under Ronald Reagan. Based on her in-depth knowledge of the Soviet Union and Shultz’s recommendation, Condoleezza Rice served on the boards of such prestigious companies as Chevron Corporation, Transamerica Corporation, and Hewlett-Packard in the early 1990s.
In 1993, Rice was appointed Provost of Stanford University and also became a full professor. After her appointment, she broke three records: she became the first female, the first African-American, and the youngest Rector in the history of the institution. In the first two years of her tenure, Rice increased the school’s multi-million dollar budget from a deficit of $20 million to a surplus of over $14.5 million.
What is Condoleezza Rice Best Known For?
After serving as Special Assistant to the Director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and as a foreign policy advisor to George W. Bush during his 2000 presidential campaign, she was appointed National Security Advisor. During her tenure, the United States experienced the attacks of September 11, 2001, and during her time as National Security Advisor, she was the first acting National Security Advisor to testify directly or indirectly before the U.S. Congress.
On 16 November 2004, she was appointed Secretary of State by President George W. Bush, a nomination that was approved by the Senate in a vote of 85 to 13. This was the most negative vote against a nominee Secretary of State since 1825, with Barbara Boxer and Robert Byrd among those opposing, who felt that the Bush administration had performed poorly in the areas of foreign policy and terrorism intelligence. Condoleeza Rice is the most widely traveled Secretary of State, having undertaken diplomatic efforts on behalf of George W. Bush with Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabia’s then-Secretary of State Saud al-Faisal during her term of office.
Throughout her political career, she has shown divided opinions on sensitive issues such as LGBT rights, arms control, terrorism, nuclear capabilities, immigration, abortion, and much more.
During one of her last interviews as Secretary of State in December 2008, Condoleezza Rice announced that she would return to Stanford as a professor. She made it clear that teaching has always been where her heart is. From 2012, the former National Security Advisor and Secretary of State will be a member of the Faculty of Political Science as Professor of Political Science. As Denning Professor of Global Business and Economy, she is also a member of the faculty of the Graduate School of Business.
Who is her husband?
The academic and politician never seems to have made raising a family a priority. However, Rice has a dating history.
Sometime in the 1970s, she was in a relationship with Ric Upchurch, a professional footballer at the time. The couple even got engaged shortly before Rice left him, on the grounds that she knew the relationship would go nowhere. In 2007, Glenn Kessler’s book “The Confidante: Condoleezza Rice and the Creation of the Bush Legacy” revealed that Condoleezza owned a house in Palo Alto with documentary filmmaker and writer Randy Bean. This revelation sparked rumors about whether the relationship between the two women was more than just friendship.
If you ask me, Condoleezza Rice was never married and had no children.
What is Condoleezza Rice’s Net worth?
There is a lot to consider when confirming the net worth of Condoleezza Rice. Her salary during her time in politics and her salary during her work as Vice President and Professor at Stanford University, before and after her political career. Rice has also made a guest appearance in an episode of the NBC comedy series 30 Rock as herself. She also sold her house in Palo Alto in 2017 for a whopping $2.3 million. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Condoleezza’s net worth is $8 million.