Who is Dina Powell?
Dina Habib Powell was born on 12 June 1973, in Cairo, Egypt, and is a financial executive, US policymaker, and philanthropist, best known for previously being the US Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategy to President Donald Trump. She had a large influential role during the establishment of his administration’s foreign policy during its first year.
The Net Worth of Dina Powell
How rich is Dina Powell? As of mid-2018, sources estimate a net worth that is over $3 million, earned through success in her numerous endeavors. Prior to serving in the White House, she was a known managing director and partner of Goldman Sachs, and as she resumes her former career, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.
Early Life and Education
Dina’s father served in the Egyptian Army, but with the desire of her parents to pursue better lives for their children, they decided to move to the United States with their children, and settled in Dallas, Texas in 1977, where her parents eventually set up a convenience store. Her father then worked in real estate, while her mother at times worked as a social worker.
Dina perfected her English at school, and continued speaking Arabic while also learning Egyptian culture from her parents. She attended the Ursuline Academy of Dallas and after matriculating, went to the University of Texas at Austin’s College of Liberal Arts, studying sociology, political science, criminology and humanities, while also working as a legislative assistant to help her pay for school. During this time, she strongly identified with the Republican Party and admired Ronald Reagan. She completed her degree in 1995, graduating with honors.
Powell was accepted into law school, but due to her fluency in Arabic, she was offered a year-long internship with Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. She moved to Washington D.C., and gained numerous government positions so never got to study law. She took a job on the staff of Dick Army the Republican Majority Leader in the US House of Representatives, then become a part of the Republican National Committee, as the Director of Congressional Affairs, which led to her being involved in the George W. Bush presidential campaign of 2000.
During the Bush administration, Powell became the Deputy Assistant to the President for Presidential Personnel, eventually becoming Assistant, a senior staff member in the White House, responsible for assistanting the President on appointments across the US Government; she was the youngest to hold this position. In 2005, she was appointed Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, holding the position for two years, including leading the Fulbright Program and similar endeavors, travelling around the world, establishing partnerships with corporations, before leaving the White House in 2007.
— Larry Kudlow (@larry_kudlow) August 21, 2017
Goldman Sachs and the Trump Administration
Dina joined Goldman Sachs as a managing director, becoming a partner in three years, then the president of the Goldman Sachs Foundation, and the leader of one of the world’s largest corporate foundations. She helped numerous others with her work in these positions, and raising huge amounts of money to help women and small businesses worldwide. She had supporters and detractors from her time in the firm, but despite tha, was able to prove her worth to the company.
She had no relationship with President Donald Trump or his family, but was given a call by Ivanka Trump, asking her to become involved with the administration’s transition period. She started by serving as Senior Advisor to the President for Entrepreneurship, Economic Growth, and the Empowerment of Women, helping oversee high-valued amounts from deals between the US and Saudi Arabia. In 2017, she was named the Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategy, and was a key figure in numerous Middle East-related issues, and working on the National Security Strategy document. However, in December 2017 she announced that she would be leaving the administration with the goal of spending more time with her family. She returned to Goldman Sachs, and became a fellow of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
For her personal life, it is known that in 1998 Dina married public relations professional Richard C. Powell who became managing director of Quinn Gillespie & Associates. He now serves as the president of Teneo Strategy. The couple have two daughters and reside on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in a condominium apartment valued at $3.85 million. There are unconfirmed rumours that the couple separated in 2017.