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Bobby Shriver
Born Robert Sargent Shriver III
April 28, 1954 (1954-04-28) (age 55)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Residence Santa Monica, California, United States
Alma mater Yale University
Yale Law School
Occupation Activist, Attorney, Journalist, Politician
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Malissa Feruzzi (m. 2005–present) «start: (2005)»"Marriage: Malissa Feruzzi to Bobby Shriver" Location: (linkback:
Children Natasha Lee
Rosemary Shriver
Parents Robert Sargent Shriver, Jr. and Eunice Kennedy Shriver (née Kennedy)
Relatives Siblings:
Maria Owings Shriver,
Mark Kennedy Shriver,
Timothy Perry Shriver,
Anthony Paul Kennedy Shriver

also see Kennedy family

Robert Sargent "Bobby" Shriver III (born April 28, 1954) is an American activist, attorney, journalist and a Democratic member of the Santa Monica City Council in Santa Monica, California.


Early life and education

He was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Eunice Kennedy Shriver (née Kennedy) and Robert Sargent Shriver, Jr., the first of their five children. His siblings are:

Shriver attended Yale College at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, where he was a member of The Scroll and Key Society, and graduated with cum laude honors. He graduated from Yale Law School in 1981.

Business career and philanthrophy

After graduating from law school, Shriver clerked for a year for Judge Stephen R. Reinhardt at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

He then moved to New York City, New York, to work in a venture capital business.

Along with his father, Eli Jacobs and Larry Lucchino, he was an investor, from 1989 to 1993, in the Baltimore Orioles, a professional-baseball team based in Baltimore, Maryland.[1]

Shriver is an attorney. He is also president of RSS Inc., a Beverly Hills, California, music, film and philanthropic company. (The letters RSS are Shriver's initials.)

In 1987, he produced a prime-time television feature about the Special Olympics, an organization for disabled young people and founded by his mother in 1968. This and subsequent productions have raised in excess of US$55 million for the Special Olympics program.

He has also produced several films, including True Lies (1994), which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger — who is married to Shriver's sister, Maria Shriver.

In 2002, Shriver was a co-founder — with U2 lead singer Bono — of DATA (Debt, AIDS, Trade in Africa), a multinational, non-government organization whose purpose is to obtain social equality and justice for Africa through debt relief; adjust trade rules which burden Africa; eliminate the African AIDS epidemic; and strengthen democracy with more accountability by the wealthiest nations and African leaders with transparency towards the people.

With Shriver's involvement, DATA, in turn, was one of the founding organizations in 2004 of the ONE Campaign, a U.S.-based, non-partisan, non-profit organization which aims to increase U.S. government funding for and effectiveness of international-aid programs.

In 2006, he and Bono also co-founded, and Shriver is chief executive officer of, (Product) Red, a brand-licensing company, to raise money for The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The company licenses its "(Product) Red" logo to partner companies in return for the opportunity to increase their own revenue through the "(Product) Red" products that they sell. A percentage of the profits goes to The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Political career


California State Parks and Recreation Commission

After Schwarzenegger became the Governor of California in 2004, he reappointed Shriver as chairman of the California State Park and Recreation Commission overseeing the state's parks and gardens. He had first been appointed by prior California Governor Gray Davis.

In 2005, Shriver, the commission chairman, and Clint Eastwood, the commission vice chairman, led a commission panel in its unanimous opposition to a six-lane, 16-mile (26 km) toll road that would cut through San Onofre State Beach (north of San Diego) that includes Trestles, a collection of surfing spots — one of Southern California's most-cherished. Shriver and Eastwood also supported a 2006 lawsuit to block the toll road and urged the California Coastal Commission to reject the project, which it did in February 2008.[2]

In March 2008, Shriver and Eastwood, whose terms had expired, were not reappointed.[2] The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) asked for a legislative investigation into the decision not to re-appoint Shriver and Eastwood, citing their opposition to the toll-road extension.[3] According to the NRDC and The New Republic, Shriver and Eastwood were not reappointed in 2008 because they both opposed the freeway extension of California State Route 241, that would cut through the San Onofre State Beach.[4][5] This extension is likewise supported by Schwarzenegger.[4][5]

Schwarzenegger's press release appointing Alice Huffman and Lindy DeKoven to replace Shriver and Eastwood makes no mention of a reason for the commission change.[6][7]

Santa Monica City Council

In November 2004 Shriver ran for, and was elected to, a seat on the Santa Monica City Council. He stated that he decided to run for the seat after a dispute with the city over the height of the hedges at his home.[8]. He was one of thirteen candidates for four at-large council seats and received 23,260 votes, or 16.5 percent, of the vote.[9]. The other three winning candidates received 16,710, 14,475, and 13,408 votes, respectively.[10]

He ran for re-election in 2008, again in a race in which thirteen candidates were running for four open seats. He again received the most votes, although he won by a smaller margin over the candidate receiving the second-most number of votes. Shriver received 24,298 votes, or 18.56 percent of the vote. The other three winning candidates received 20,232, 19,145, and 17,202 votes, respectively.[11]

As a city councilman, he has focused on homelessness, particularly on the issue of homeless veterans, and on cleaning up the Santa Monica Bay.

Candidacy for California Attorney General

On March 13, 2009, an article in The Sacramento Bee's "Capitol Alert" said that Shriver is considering becoming a candidate in the 2010 California Attorney General election.[12] The incumbent, Democrat Jerry Brown — who served two terms as California Governor from the mid-1970s into the early 1980s — is widely expected to run again for governor.[13]

Personal life

He married Malissa Feruzzi on May 7, 2005.[14][15] He has a stepdaughter, Natasha Lee (born June 5, 1997), and a daughter, Rosemary Scarlett Shriver (born January 8, 2009).[16]


In February 2008, he was honored with amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS's Award of Courage for his outstanding contribution to HIV/AIDS research and awareness.

See also


  1. ^ Hyman, Mark (December 7, 1988). "Orioles are sold: $70 million; Buyers say team will stay". The Baltimore Sun.
  2. ^ a b Young, Samantha. - "Schwarzenegger removes his brother-in-law and Clint Eastwood from Calif. parks panel". The Associated Press (via The San Diego Union-Tribune). 2008-03-20. Accessed 2008-05-28.
  3. ^ Staff writer (March 22, 2008)."Group wants probe into governor's removal of Eastwood, Shriver". The Associated Press (via The San Diego Union-Tribune). Accessed 2008-05-28.
  4. ^ a b Patashnik, Josh (April 23, 2008). - "It's Not a Tumor". - The New Republic. Accessed 2008-05-28.
  5. ^ a b "California Rejects Superhighway in State Park". - Natural Resources Defense Council. Accessed 2008-05-28.
  6. ^ Press Release: Press release (May 23, 2008). "Governor Schwarzenegger Announces Appointments" - Office of the Governor, State of California. Accessed 2008-05-28.
  7. ^ (May 23, 2008). "Schwarzenegger names replacements for parks panel". - The Associated Press (via Yahoo! News). Accessed 2008-05-28.
  8. ^ Groves, Martha (2004-09-24). "Bobby Shriver Joins the Family Business". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-08-15.  
  9. ^ Chronicle Sacramento Bureau (2004-11-04). "Governor's in-law wins council seat". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved August 15, 2009.  
  10. ^ "Results as of Nov 26 2:53pm, 100.00% of Precincts Reporting (66/66)". League of Women Voters of California Education Fund. 2004-11-26. Retrieved 2009-08-15.  
  11. ^ "Santa Monica Council Member Election Results 2008". Los Angeles County Presidential General Election. 2006-11-28. Retrieved 2009-08-15.  
  12. ^ Goldmacher, Shane (2009-03-13). "Bobby Shriver, first lady's brother, weighs running for state attorney general". The Sacramento Bee.   (website registration required)
  13. ^ Gopal, Vin (February 3, 2009). "Tuesday news update: Sen Gregg to be Commerce Secy, GOP caretaker to fill his Senate seat; Crist opens door to Fl Sen run; Jerry Brown jumps into Guv Run". blog.   Accessed 2009-02-03.
  14. ^ Hoffman, Bill (May 9, 2005). "May 9, 2005: Headlines: Friends: NY Post: It was Camelot on the West Coast as the Kennedy clan converged in Los Angeles for the wedding of Bobby Shriver, the nephew of JFK and brother of California First Lady Maria Shriver". Peace Corps message board at (credited? to the New York Post). Accessed 2009-08-13.
  15. ^ Staff writer (2005-15-08). "JFK nephew Bobby Shriver weds" The Associated Press (via USA Today). Accessed 2009-08-13.
  16. ^ Lyons, Terence (2009-01-15-21). "Shrivers Welcome Daughter Rosemary". Santa Monica Mirror.   Accessed 2009-04-02.

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