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Rick Snyder 2016: 7 Facts About Personal Life of Potential GOP Presidential Hopeful

By    |   Monday, 09 February 2015 08:24 PM

Rick Snyder, a 2016 GOP presidential hopeful, was born on Aug. 19, 1958. He grew up in a small house in Battle Creek, Michigan, where his parents encouraged his entrepreneurial spirit and gave him access to Businessweek at the age of 8. Snyder’s personal life and what led to running for governor of Michigan may surprise some people. Learn more about Snyder with the following eight facts about his personal life:

1. Snyder describes himself as “one tough nerd.” In addition to reading Businessweek starting at the age of 8, Snyder also started calculating the tip at restaurants for his mother when he was just 5 years old. During high school, Snyder began taking classes at Kellogg Community College to get a jump start on his college career and help him get into the University of Michigan sooner.

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Snyder has three college degrees from the University of Michigan, starting with a bachelors in 1977, an MBA in 1979, and finally, a juris doctorate, in 1982. He achieved all of his degrees by the age of 23.

3. Snyder and his wife Sue have been married since 1987, and they have three children together: Jeff, Melissa, and Kelsey.

4. When Snyder entered the workforce after college, he had to choose between two job offers. He chose to work as a tax accountant in Detroit in order to stay closer to his family, even though the job paid 30 percent less than the job he was offered in Houston. He saw the opportunity for mentoring in the Detroit position, which turned out to be a good prediction. Snyder became a partner with the firm after only six years.

Snyder later became the president of a computer company, Gateway, and led the company from 700 employees to a Fortune 500 company with over 13,000 employees. He worked for Gateway in South Dakota for six years before returning to Michigan in 1997.

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Snyder formed the first of two venture capital funds in 1997, bringing almost $200 million in investment capital to the state. During Snyder’s venture capital years, he helped HealthMedia by paying the employees out of his own pocket when it were short on cash. The company stayed in business, grew to have more than 150 employees, and was later purchased by Johnson & Johnson.

7. On his road to governor, Rick Snyder told WLNS, “It all started when I was on ‘date night’ with my wife in Ann Arbor,” when he’s asked about how he decided to run for the governor of Michigan. He and his wife were talking about the downward spiral Michigan seemed to be in, and Snyder was full of ideas for what could be done to turn the state around. His wife told him, “Well, why don’t you run for governor?”

A potential Republican presidential hopeful of 2016, Snyder was an unlikely candidate for governor, as he never ran for office before and had no political experience. His vision for the state included better jobs and a better future for the children, which was a message the people of Michigan could relate to, since the business executive was voted in on Nov. 2, 2010.

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