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Rick Snyder 2016: 5 Highlights From Pre-Politics Life of Potential GOP Presidential Hopeful

By    |   Monday, 09 Feb 2015 08:21 PM

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, a potential GOP presidential candidate in 2016, did not have the typical path into his political career. He started college before he even left high school, which allowed him to get a bachelor’s degree, MBA, and attend law school all by the age of 23. The following five highlights give you a glimpse into the pre-politics life of Snyder:

1. Snyder was born Aug. 19, 1958. He grew up with his mother and father in a 900-square-foot house in Battle Creek, Michigan. His father owned a small window-cleaning company, and his mother was a homemaker. His parents encouraged his business sense, and as a result, Snyder was reading Businessweek by the age of 8.

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2. Long before becoming a presidential hopeful for 2016, Rick Snyder had a plan to become a successful businessman to provide for his family in the state of Michigan. According to WLNS, Snyder got a head start on his plan in high school, taking classes from the Kellogg Community College and graduating early. He then attended the University of Michigan to obtain his undergraduate degree and his MBA before going on to law school and graduating by the time he turned 23.

3. Snyder became a tax accountant with Coopers & Lybrand in Detroit and became a partner in the firm after only six years. This is also where Rick met his wife, Sue. Rick and Sue married in 1987 and have three children together.

4. When Snyder went to Chicago to build Coopers & Lybrand’s mergers and acquisitions office, he met the co-founder of Gateway Computers. That chance meeting led to Snyder becoming the executive vice president of Gateway, and then later, the president. He took the company from a small, 700-employee operation, to a Fortune 500 company with 13,000 employees.

5. Snyder returned to Michigan in 1997 to form the first of two venture capital funds. One of the companies Rick supported during the venture capital years was HealthMedia. The company struggled with cash flow problems, but Snyder decided to use his own money to pay the employees to keep the business afloat. HealthMedia remained in business, grew to more than 150 employees, and was later purchased by Johnson & Johnson.

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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, a potential GOP presidential candidate in 2016, had an atypical path into politics. He started college before he finished high school, which allowed him to earn three degrees by 23. The following five highlights give a glimpse into the pre-politics life of Rick Snyder.
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