Stephen Bannon

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Stephen K. Bannon
Born Norfolk, Virginia
Residence Laguna Beach, California[1]
Nationality American
Alma mater Virginia Polytechnic Institute (B.A.)
Georgetown University (M.A.)
Harvard Business School (M.B.A.)
Occupation Businessman, media executive, and filmmaker
Known for

Stephen K. Bannon is an American businessman, media executive, and conservative filmmaker.[2][3][4] He is the co-founder and executive chairman of the Government Accountability Institute and the executive chairman of Breitbart News LLC, the parent company of the Breitbart News Network.[5] He has been involved in the financing and production of a number of films, including Fire from the Heartland: The Awakening of the Conservative Woman, The Undefeated, and Occupy Unmasked. Bannon, a former naval officer, also hosts a radio show for Breitbart.[6]


Bannon was born into a working-class family in Norfolk, Virginia. He graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1976 and holds a master's degree in National Security Studies from Georgetown University. In 1983, a 29-year-old Bannon received an M.B.A. degree, with honors, from Harvard Business School.[7]

Military service[edit]

Bannon is a former naval officer, having served aboard the U.S.S. Paul F. Foster as a Surface Warfare Officer in the Pacific Fleet. Bannon was also a Special Assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations.[8]

Business and media career[edit]

After his military service, Bannon worked at Goldman Sachs as an investment banker in the Mergers & Acquisitions Department.[9] In 1990, Bannon and several colleagues from Goldman Sachs launched Bannon & Co., a boutique investment bank specializing in media. Through Bannon & Co., Bannon negotiated the sale of Castle Rock Entertainment to Ted Turner. As payment, Bannon & Co. accepted a stake in five television shows, including Seinfeld. Société Générale purchased Bannon & Co. in 1998.[10]

After the sale of Bannon & Co., Bannon became an executive producer in Hollywood. He executive produced Anthony Hopkins’s 1999 Oscar-nominated film Titus. Bannon became a partner with entertainment industry executive Jeff Kwatinetz at The Firm, Inc., a film and television management company.[10]

In 2004, Bannon made a documentary about Ronald Reagan titled In the Face of Evil. Through the making and screening of this film, Bannon was introduced to academic Peter Schweizer and publisher Andrew Breitbart.[10]

From 2007 through 2011, Bannon was chairman and CEO of Affinity Media. He is currently the executive chairman of Breitbart News LLC, the parent company of Breitbart. Bannon is also executive chairman and co-founder of the Government Accountability Institute, where he helped orchestrate the publication of Clinton Cash.[5][10]


Bannon identifies as a conservative.[11][2][12] Bannon has a daughter, Maureen, who is a West Point graduate and a lieutenant in the 101st Airborne Division.[10]



  1. ^ Abcarian, Robin (June 20, 2011). "Palin documentary a conservative nod to the politician". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 12 August 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Ulmer, James (June 26, 2005). "On the Right Side of the Theater Aisle". New York Times. Retrieved 14 August 2015. If established Hollywood conservatives welcome the energy of this new group, some nonetheless fear that it is heading down the wrong path. ... Even the outspoken Mr. Bannon thinks that little will be gained if conservative ideology moves too far in front of conservative art. "We have the money, we have the ideas," he said. "What we don't have -- and what the left has in spades -- are great filmmakers." 
  3. ^ Hagey, Keach (March 19, 2012). "Breitbart to announce new management". Politico. Retrieved 12 August 2015. 
  4. ^ Kaufman, Leslie (February 16, 2014). "Breitbart News Network Plans Global Expansion". New York Times. Retrieved 12 August 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Our Team". Government Accountability Institute. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  6. ^ Mahoney, Bill (May 21, 2015). "Conservative nonprofit plans to expand statewide presence". Politico. Retrieved 12 August 2015. 
  7. ^ "Stephen K. Bannon". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 12 August 2015. 
  8. ^ Evans, Caroline (July 15, 2011). "Who is Stephen Bannon? An Interview with the Director of The Undefeated". Houston Press. Retrieved 12 August 2015. 
  9. ^ a b Weigel, David (October 1, 2010). "Blowing Up Stuff". Slate. Retrieved 12 August 2015. 
  10. ^ a b c d e Green, Joshua (October 8, 2015). "This Man Is the Most Dangerous Political Operative in America". Bloomberg Business. Retrieved 15 October 2015. 
  11. ^ Mead, Rebecca (2010-05-24). "Rage Machine". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2015-10-20. 
  12. ^ Phillip, Abby (2014-03-06). "Conservatives to know at CPAC 2014". ABC News. Retrieved 2015-10-20. 
  13. ^ McCarthy, Todd (December 21, 1999). "Review: ‘Titus’". Variety. Retrieved 12 August 2015. 
  14. ^ Martel, Ned (October 29, 2004). "Ronald Reagan, in Black and White". New York Times. Retrieved 12 August 2015. 
  15. ^ a b c Wardell, Gabe (July 15, 2011). "Director Stephen Bannon talks Sarah Palin's Undefeated". Creative Loafing. Retrieved 12 August 2015. 
  16. ^ O'Hare, Kate (July 17, 2011). "Sarah Palin documentary 'The Undefeated' to roll out to other cities". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 12 August 2015. 
  17. ^ Whipple, Kelsey (September 21, 2012). "The director of Occupy Unmasked talks facts, bias and the future of the movement". Denver Westward. Retrieved 12 August 2015. 
  18. ^ Bila, Jedidiah (August 27, 2012). "Obama voters reject 'hope and change' in new documentary". Fox News. Retrieved 12 August 2015. 
  19. ^ Hoffman, Bill (June 3, 2015). "Newsmax TV's 'Fire From the Heartland' Celebrates Conservative Women". Newsmax. Retrieved 12 August 2015. 

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