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Robert Reich

Robert Reich is an economist, educator, author, political analyst, and government figure from the United States. During his professional career, Robert Reich has served in the administrations of Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Gerald  Ford.

Early Life and Childhood

Robert Bernard Reich best known as Robert Reich was born on 24th June 1946, in Scranton, Pennsylvania, in the United States of America. Likewise, he is 75 years old. He is an American citizen and has a zodiac sign of Cancer.

Moreover, he was born in a Jewish family background. Talking about his parent, he is the son of Mildred Dorf and Edwin Saul Reich. His father Edwin owned a women’s clothing store.

Moreover, Robert was diagnosed with multiple epiphyseal dysplasias which are also known as  Fairbank’s disease. The disease made him a target for bullies and he sought out the protection of older boys.

Talking about Robert’s educational career, he earned his primary schooling at John High School in New York before studying at Dartmouth College to extend his schooling. He received his A.B. summa cum laude from the institute in 1968.

As a result, he was awarded the Rhodes Scholarship, which allowed him to study politics, economics, and philosophy at Oxford University.

He had the excellent opportunity to be classmates with famous people such as Bill Clinton, Clarence Thomas, and Hilary Clinton while studying at University.

After failing to fulfill the qualification to participate in the Vietnam War, he enrolled in Yale University, where he received a Juris Doctorate and was the editor of the distinguished Yale Law Journal.

Professional life

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Caption: Robert Reich authored the book Saving Capitalism (Source: The Humanities Institute – UC Santa Cruz)

After completing his education, Robert Reich got a job as a law clerk in the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Where he served under Chief Judge Frank M., Coffin from 1973 to 1974.

From 1974 to 1976, he worked as an assistant to Robert BOrk, the United States Solicitor General. Robert began working for the Federal Trade Commission in 1979 when then-President Jimmy Carter appointed him as Director of the Policy Planning Staff.

In the following years, Robert decided to make a career out of teaching and enrolled at Harvard University. There, he became a professor at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. During his time at Harvard, he also became a successful author.

As an author, he has published several pieces that discussed the situation of the US economy, among many other issues. ‘The Next American Frontier’, and ‘The Work of Nations’ were two of his most famous publications at the time.

The former highlighted the nation’s slowed economic progress and the circumstances behind it. Whereas, the latter emphasized education and human capital as crucial determinants in a nation’s economic competitiveness.

After teaching for 12 years at Harvard, he was called on by Bill Clinton in 1992 to join his campaign. Robert accepted the offer and became Clinton’s economic transition team leader, driving the campaign “Putting People First”.

Soon after, Robert Reich got the position of the Secretary of Labor by Clinton. His time was quite successful with him achieving several goals, including the Family and Medical Leave Act and the School-to-Work Jobs Act.

This raised the minimum wage and ran a slew of job training programs. He also came out as a strong Supporter of modern technology, pushing the government to train its workforce on how to use it.

Current works

Currently, Robert Reich is the Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy. Throughout his career, he has remained a contributing editor for several renowned journals and publications.

Including ‘The American Prospect ‘, ‘Harvard Business Review’, ‘The New York Times, and ‘The Wall Street Journal’. He is widely considered one of his generation’s brightest thinkers, and “The Wall Street Journal” named him one of the ‘Most Influential Business Thickers’ in 2008.

Robert Reich – Social media

Inequality Media, formed in 2013 by Robert Reich and Jacob Kornbluth, creates films, live interviews on Facebook, parts of his undergraduate class at Berkeley, and long-form movies.

The goal is to educate the public on the consequences of growing income, wealth, and political power inequalities.

The two partners have produced more than 90 videos of two minutes each about the economy and current events, that have been watched by more than 50 million people.

Robert Reich – Achievements

Robert has earned several awards in his career. In 1984, he won the ‘Louis Brownlow Award for best book on public administration. He won the ‘Bruno-Kreisky Award,’ for the best political book of the year in 2009. In October 2003, he won the Vaclav Havel Vision Foundation Prize.

Robert Reich – Net Worth 2023

As an American economist, professor, author, and government official, he has earned a huge amount of sum in his career. According to sources, his net worth is estimated at around $5 million US dollars.

Relationship Status

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Caption: Robert Reich with 44th US President Barack Obama (Source: Breitbart)

Robert Reich is a married man. In 1973, he married British-born lawyer Clare Dalton in Cambridge, UK. They have two sons named Sam and Adam Reich. Moreover, Sam is an American producer, director, writer, and actor.

Adam is a sociology professor at Columbia University. Robert and his wife Clare divorced in 2012. The reason behind the divorce is unknown.

Talking about his rumors and controversy, he’s not a part of them until now. Besides that, Robert is focusing on his personal and professional life. Moreover, Robert likes to keep a distance from the rumors and the controversy.

Body Measurement

Talking about his body measurement, he is 4 feet 9 inches tall and weighs around 55kg. He has blue eyes and grayish-white hair in color. Besides that, there is no more information regarding his other body measurements.

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Caption: Robert Reich body measurement (Source: heightceleb)

Social media

Robert Reich is active on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. On his Facebook, there are more than 3 million followers. On his Twitter, there are more than 1 million followers. Likewise, there are more than 864k followers on his Instagram.