Kimberly Guilfoyle

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Kimberly Guilfoyle
Kimberly Guilfoyle.jpg
Guilfoyle in New York City
First Lady of San Francisco
In role
January 8, 2004 – February 26, 2006
Mayor Gavin Newsom
Preceded by Blanche Vitero
Succeeded by Jennifer Siebel Newsom (2008)
Personal details
Born Kimberly Ann Guilfoyle
(1969-03-09) March 9, 1969 (age 49)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Gavin Newsom (m. 2001; div. 2006)
Eric Villency (m. 2006; div. 2009)
Children 1
Education University of California, Davis (BA)
University of San Francisco (JD)

Kimberly Ann Guilfoyle (/ˈɡɪlfɔɪl/) (born March 9, 1969)[1] is an American television news personality and attorney who co-hosts The Five on Fox News.[2]

Prior to entering television, she was a prosecuting attorney in San Francisco and Los Angeles. She served as an assistant District Attorney in San Francisco from 2000 until 2004. She is also known as the former wife of California politician Gavin Newsom and was First Lady of San Francisco during Newsom's first two years as mayor of that city.

Early life[edit]

Guilfoyle was born in San Francisco to a Puerto Rican mother and an Irish father. She grew up in the Mission District and Westlake and is a graduate of Mercy High School. Guilfoyle's mother, Mercedes, taught special education, and died of leukemia when Guilfoyle was eleven. "My mother was just everything to me, I loved her so much, I always wanted to be around her. I loved how I saw people react to her. She was a warm woman who worked in education with people with emotional challenges. I got my sense of giving back and how when you have many blessings, pay it forward," Guilfoyle said in a 2015 interview.[3]

Her father, Tony, was born in Ennis, County Clare, Ireland and emigrated to the US in 1957 at the age of 20 against the wishes of his family. In 1958, despite being an Irish citizen, he was drafted and served 4 years in the US Army.[4] After leaving he took up work in the construction trades. He later became a real estate investor and a close advisor to Mayor Newsom, until his death in 2008. Known as the "Godfather" in inner political circles his mantra was "For The People".[5][6]


Guilfoyle graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Davis, and received her Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1994. While in law school, she interned at the San Francisco district attorney's office, as well as doing modelling work for Macy's, and a bridal magazine.[7]

She also studied at Trinity College, Dublin in Ireland. While there, she published research in international children's rights and European Economic Community law.[8]

Law career[edit]

After law school, Guilfoyle briefly worked as a prosecutor in San Francisco, but lost her job in 1996 when Terence Hallinan was elected District Attorney and fired fourteen of the city's prosecutors.[9]

Guilfoyle then spent four years in Los Angeles as a Deputy District Attorney, working on adult and juvenile cases, including narcotics, domestic violence, kidnapping, robbery, arson, sexual assault and homicide cases. She received several awards at the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office, including Prosecutor of the Month.[8]

In 2000, Guilfoyle was re-hired by Hallinan in the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, where she served as an Assistant District Attorney from 2000 to 2004. While Assistant D.A., she and lead prosecutor James Hammer earned a conviction in the 2002 case People v. Noel and Knoller, a second-degree murder trial involving a dog mauling that received international attention.[10][11]

In 2008, she was a member of La Raza Lawyers Association.[12]

Television career[edit]

In January 2004, Guilfoyle moved to New York to host the program Both Sides on Court TV, as well as to work as a legal analyst on Anderson Cooper 360°.

Guilfoyle joined Fox News in February 2006, as host of the weekend show The Lineup. The Lineup was eventually canceled. Guilfoyle remained a regular contributor for the network and was later picked up as co-host of The Five, in 2011. She has remained a host on the show ever since. In 2014, she began co-hosting Outnumbered regularly, until the show settled on more permanent hosts. She also appeared weekly on The O'Reilly Factor's recurring segment "Is it Legal?" until the show's cancellation in 2017, and as a weekly Thursday guest on Brian Kilmeade's Kilmeade and Friends radio show.[8]

During her time at Fox, Guilfoyle has served as a guest host on Hannity, On the Record, Justice with Judge Jeanine, and Fox and Friends.

In 2015, Guilfoyle released a semi-autobiographical book titled "Making the Case: How to Be Your Own Best Advocate" on her experiences growing up, working as a prosecutor, and encouraging people to always advocate for themselves.[13]

It was announced on June 29, 2017 that Guilfoyle signed a long-term contract extension with Fox.[14]

As of the spring of 2018, Guilfoyle appears nightly on The Five, which is one of the highest-rated cable television shows.[15] She has appeared on the show since it first debut in the summer of 2011.

Potential White House role[edit]

In December 2016, it was reported that Guilfoyle was being considered to serve as press secretary for President Donald Trump. Sean Spicer was ultimately selected.[16] On the May 12, 2017 edition of The Five, co-host Bob Beckel hinted that Guilfoyle turned the job down. However, in an interview with Bay Area News Group on May 15, 2017,[17] Guilfoyle confirmed she was in contact with the White House about the position following Spicer’s resignation.[18] "I'm a patriot, and it would be an honor to serve the country," Guilfoyle said. "I think it'd be a fascinating job, it's a challenging job, and you need someone really determined and focused, a great communicator in there with deep knowledge to be able to handle that position." However, on May 19, Guilfoyle said she is under contract with Fox; indicating she turned down the White House. One month later she extended her contract with Fox.[19]

Personal life[edit]

In 2001, she married Gavin Newsom, then a city supervisor, who was elected mayor of San Francisco in 2003. While married to Newsom, she went by the name Kimberly Guilfoyle Newsom. In January 2005, citing the strain of a bi-coastal marriage, Guilfoyle filed for divorce from Newsom.[20] Their divorce was finalized on February 28, 2006.[21]

On May 27, 2006, Guilfoyle married furniture heir Eric Villency in Barbados giving birth to her first child, Ronan Anthony on October 4, 2006.[22] Guilfoyle and Villency announced their separation in June 2009 and eventually divorced.[23]

In late 2017, Guilfoyle was believed to be in a relationship with Anthony Scaramucci after the two were spotted together multiple times including in Rome while Scaramucci was going through a divorce.[24] In May 2018, news leaked out that Guilfoyle was dating Donald Trump Jr. after the two attended an event together while Trump Jr. was going through a divorce with his wife Vanessa Trump. [25] Guilfoyle had been friends with the couple and the Trump family for years. [26]

Guilfoyle was raised in the Roman Catholic faith.[27][better source needed]

She appeared in the films Happily Even After and High Crimes.[28]


  1. ^ California Births, 1905 – 1995, Kimberly A. Guilfoyle (Birth Date: 03/09/1969, County of Birth: San Francisco)
  2. ^ "The Five". Fox News Channel. 
  3. ^ "Fox's Kimberly Guilfoyle Talks to Mediaite About Life, Loss, and Dealing with Her Critics". Retrieved 17 May 2017. 
  4. ^ Marine, Craig (10 June 2001). "TAKING THE HIGH ROAD / San Francisco's own Kimberly Guilfoyle, prosecutor in the Diane Whipple dog-mauling case, is as comfortable on the moral high ground as she is in high society". SFGate. Retrieved 26 March 2018. 
  5. ^ "S.F. political adviser Anthony Guilfoyle dies". San Francisco Chronicle. 2 December 2008. Retrieved 2013-01-08. 
  6. ^ "Kimberly Guilfoyle and Eric Villency". New York Times. 28 May 2006. Retrieved 8 October 2012. 
  7. ^ Van Derbeken, Jaxon (6 May 2001). "NewsMaker profile / Kimberly Guilfoyle and James Hammer / Prosecutors in S.F. dog mauling case an unusual pair". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c "Kimberly Guilfoyle biography". Retrieved May 14, 2013. 
  9. ^ Brazil, Eric (21 April 1997). "Hallinan defends firing of deputies". The San Francisco Chronicle. 
  10. ^ Jones, Aphrodite (2003). Red Zone: The Behind-the-Scenes Story of the San Francisco Dog Mauling. New York: William Morrow. ISBN 0-06-053779-5. 
  11. ^ Polsky, Richard H. "San Francisco Dog Mauling: Insights into the fatal dog attack on Diane Whipple". Animal Behavior Counseling Services, Inc. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  12. ^ "CANDIDATE DETAILS Kimberly Guilfoyle". 
  13. ^ "Kimberly Guilfoyle Shows Us How To Make The Case For Ourselves". Forbes. Retrieved 2015-11-05. 
  14. ^
  15. ^ "Fox News Dominates Cable News Ratings Monday, First Night Without Bill O'Reilly". Retrieved May 17, 2017. 
  16. ^ "Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle is contender for Trump press secretary". Retrieved May 17, 2017. 
  17. ^ "Kimberly Guilfoyle says she's talking with Trump administration about press secretary job". Retrieved May 17, 2017. 
  18. ^ Staff, AOL. "FOX News Host Kimberly Guilfoyle says she's in talks for high-profile White House role". Retrieved 2017-05-16. 
  19. ^
  20. ^ Matier, Phillip; Ross, Andrew (January 6, 2005). "Newsom, wife decide to end 3-year marriage / Careers on opposite coasts take toll on mayor, TV star". SFGate. Retrieved August 3, 2017. 
  21. ^ Gordon, Rachel (June 24, 2011). "Gavin and Kimberly are officially divorced". The San Francisco Chronicle. 
  22. ^ "The Littlest Guilfency". SFist. San Francisco. October 4, 2006. Archived from the original on November 21, 2008. 
  23. ^ "Splitsville for Kim Guilfoyle and Eric Villency". New York Post. June 23, 2009. 
  24. ^
  25. ^
  26. ^
  27. ^ "Fox News: "What are 'The Five' giving up for Lent?"". Fox News. Retrieved February 13, 2013. 
  28. ^ "5 Things You Didn't Know About Fox News' Kimberly Guilfoyle". December 31, 2014. Retrieved May 17, 2017. 

External links[edit]