Jonathan Bush

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Jonathan Bush
Jonathan James Bush

(1931-05-06)May 6, 1931
DiedMay 5, 2021(2021-05-05) (aged 89)
Alma materYale University
Political partyRepublican
Josephine Colwell Bradley
(m. 1967)
ChildrenJonathan S. Bush
Billy Bush
Parent(s)Prescott Sheldon Bush
Dorothy Walker Bush
RelativesSee Bush family

Jonathan James Bush (May 6, 1931 – May 5, 2021) was an American banker who was the fourth child and third son of U. S. Senator Prescott Bush and his wife Dorothy Bush. He was the brother of former Congressman, CIA Director, Vice President and President George H. W. Bush. He was also the uncle of former Texas Governor and President George W. Bush, and former Florida Secretary of Commerce and Governor Jeb Bush. He died in Florida, hours before his 90th birthday.

Early life[edit]

Bush was born in Greenwich, Connecticut,[1] to Prescott Sheldon Bush, a politician, and Dorothy Walker Bush. He graduated from The Hotchkiss School and Yale University, where he was a member of Skull and Bones.[2]: 145, 179  The fourth child in the family, he was the brother of Prescott Bush, Jr. (1922–2010), the 41st President of the United States George H. W. Bush (1924–2018), Nancy Bush Ellis (1926–2021), and William "Bucky" Bush (1938–2018). He was the uncle of the 43rd President George W. Bush. Like his brother George H. W. Bush, he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity at Yale.

Bush and his wife Josephine are the parents of entertainment reporter Billy Bush and health care executive Jonathan S. Bush.[3]


As of December 31, 2018, Jonathan Bush had retired from Fairfield, Bush & Co., an Investment Advisory Firm in New Haven, Connecticut.[4]

Jonathan Bush founded J. Bush & Co., which provided discreet banking services for the Washington, D.C., embassies of foreign governments for many years. In 1997, Riggs Bank bought J. Bush & Co. and made Bush CEO & President of Riggs Investment, a firm based in New Haven, Connecticut.

In the early 1980s, Jonathan Bush helped organize investors for George W. Bush's first oil venture, Arbusto Energy, later called Bush Explorations.

During the 2000 presidential campaign, Bush was a major contributor and fundraiser to his nephew's election and was named a "Bush Pioneer" for raising more than $100,000 for the campaign.[5]

Bush died on May 5, 2021, the day before his 90th birthday.[6][7][8][9] At the time of his death, he was the last surviving child of Prescott Bush and Dorothy Walker Bush.


On May 15, 2004, The Washington Post published an article that said, "A political Web site written by a Democratic operative drew attention yesterday to the fact that President Bush's uncle, Jonathan J. Bush, is a top executive at Riggs Bank, which this week agreed to pay a record $25 million in civil fines for violations of law intended to thwart money laundering."[10]

The bank accounts under investigation may have been Saudi, though the article did not say so. It did, however, go on to say: "a source familiar with the multiple federal investigations of the bank's Saudi accounts and other embassy accounts say Jonathan Bush's investment advice unit has 'no relationship whatsoever' with any of the Riggs's Saudi accounts." Moreover, the newspaper quoted a spokesman for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency as saying "any suggestion of political influence in the Riggs situation is 'preposterous.'"

In 1991, Bush was fined $30,000 in Massachusetts and several thousand dollars in Connecticut for violating registration laws governing securities sales. He was barred from securities brokerage with the general public in Massachusetts for one year.[11]


  1. ^ Kurtz, Howard, ""The First Brother""., New York Magazine, October 8, 1990.
  2. ^ Robbins, Alexandra (2002). Secrets of the Tomb: Skull and Bones, the Ivy League, and the Hidden Paths of Power. Boston: Little, Brown. ISBN 0-316-72091-7.
  3. ^ "Billy Bush: Television Personality (1971–)". (FYI / A&E Networks). Archived from the original on December 31, 2018. Retrieved May 22, 2017.
  4. ^ "Wealth Management, New Haven, CT".
  5. ^ "Page at". Archived from the original on June 13, 2006. Retrieved 2005-01-05.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  6. ^ "Jonathan Bush, brother of President George H.W. Bush, dead at 89". Fox News.
  7. ^ The Associated Press (May 6, 2021). "Jonathan Bush, Last of a Political Generation, Dies at 89". The New York Times. Retrieved May 6, 2021.
  8. ^ "Jonathan Bush, brother of President George H.W. Bush, dies - ABC News". ABC News.
  9. ^ "Jonathan Bush, Last of a Political Generation, Dies at 89 - The New York Times". The New York Times.
  10. ^ "Web Site Cites Bush-Riggs Link". The Washington Post. May 15, 2004. Retrieved May 7, 2010.
  11. ^ "Mass. Regulators Fine Stockbrokerage Owned by President Bush's Brother". Associated Press. July 26, 1991.