In a meteoric rise that saw him go from real estate developer to special adviser to the president of the United States, Jared Kushner has made himself one of the most powerful and influential Jews in American history.
Son of a dynasty of wealthy real estate developers, Kushner began in the family business with great success, then turned to newspaper publishing with his purchase of the “New York Observer,” putting the paper in the black after years of red.
Along the way, Ivanka Trump converted to Orthodox Judaism to marry him, making him son-in-law of the soon-to-be most powerful man in the world. During the 2016 campaign, Kushner became one of Donald Trump’s top advisers, a role he continued in the new administration.
With lifelong ties to Israel, Kushner was appointed Trump’s point man on the Middle East peace process. Most recently, he traveled to Israel and multiple Arab countries in preparation for a major diplomatic effort to finally broker what President Trump has called “the ultimate deal” – peace between the Jewish state and its Arabs neighbors. (Photo credit: Twitter.)