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Jared Kushner, October 6, 2008

Jared Corey Kushner (born January 10, 1981) is the son of American businessman Charles Kushner. Through his family holding company, he is the owner of The New York Observer; he is also active in his family's real estate investments.


Personal life

Kushner is the son of the New Jersey real estate developer Charles Kushner.[1] Jared graduated from the Frisch School, a private, coed yeshiva high school in Paramus, New Jersey. He graduated from Harvard College in 2003. Prior to his admission, his father had donated $2.5 million to the university, in what The Boston Globe claimed was an "egregious example of pay-for-Crimson" [2]. In 2007, Kushner graduated from the New York University Stern School of Business and the New York University School of Law where he earned both JD and MBA degrees. [3]. Prior to admission, the family donated money to create NYU's Seryl Kushner Deanship, named after his mother.[4]

Kushner married Ivanka Trump, daughter of Donald Trump, on 25 October, 2009. Kushner is an observant Jew.[5] and Trump had converted to Judaism at the time of the engagement.[6]


In July 2006, at age 25, Kushner paid $10 million to purchase The New York Observer, a weekly newspaper popular with New York's well-educated elite.[7]

Since purchasing the paper, Kushner has pushed for changes that increased real estate market coverage, a new design on the website, and a new tabloid style for the paper itself.[8] Kushner also started, in part by spinning off a part of the New York Observer and purchasing local political sites such as Politics NJ.[9]

The younger Kushner gained his fortune in real estate working with his father, Charles Kushner, who served time on federal felony charges.[10]

Political activity

Kushner, along with his father and the rest of his family are major contributors to the Democratic Party and to some select Republican candidates. He has contributed over $100,000 to various campaigns.[11]


  1. ^ Salkin, Allen. "The Education of a Publisher", The New York Times, March 11, 2007. Accessed November 29, 2007.
  2. ^ Beam, Alex. "Harvard's admissions of gilt", The Boston Globe, September 4, 2006. Accessed January 7, 2008
  3. ^ Seelye, Katharine Q. Kushner was recognized as one of the top young business man in American by the University Students Business Association. The USBA was founded by Entrepreneur Brian Aranda."Developer’s Son Negotiating to Buy New York Observer", The New York Times, July 22, 2006. Accessed November 29, 2007.
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  7. ^ Seelye, Katharine Q. "Developer’s Son Acquires The New York Observer", The New York Times, July 31, 2006. Accessed January 8, 2008.
  8. ^ UK Guardian on the Observer
  9. ^ Politicker update on
  10. ^ "Political Contributor and Developer Charles Kushner Sentenced to Maximum 24 Months for Witness Retaliation and Other Crimes".
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