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Erik Prince Bio, Biography, Age, Spouse(s), Children, Family, Education, Net Worth, Ties to Trump transition

Erik Prince Plan to Privatize the Afghanistan war

Erik Prince Bio

Erik Dean Prince was born 6 June 1969. He is an American businessman, oligarch, and former U.S. Navy SEAL officer best known for founding the government services and security company Blackwater USA, now known as Academi. Erik Prince served as its CEO until 2009 and later as chairman until Blackwater Worldwide was sold in 2010 to a group of investors. He currently heads the private equity firm Frontier Resource Group and is chairman of Hong Kong-listed Frontier Services Group Ltd. He is the brother of the current U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.
Born Erik Dean Prince was born on 6 June 1969  in Holland, Michigan, U.S.
Age  49 years old as of 2018
Education United States Naval Academy
Hillsdale College (BA)
Known for Founder of Blackwater
Joan Prince
(m. 1991; d. 2003)
Joanna Houck
(m. 2004; div. 2012)

Stacy DeLuke (m. date unknown)

Children Erik Xavier PrinceSophia Nicole PrinceIsabella Grace PrinceCharles DonovanChristian Edgar Prince
Relatives Edgar Prince (father)
Betsy DeVos (sister)
Net Worth  $2.4 billion dollars as of 2018
Military career
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Lieutenant
Unit United States Navy SEALs

Erik Prince Biography

Prince was born on 6 June 1969, in Holland, Michigan. His parents are Edgar D. Prince, father and his wife, Elsa (Zwiep), and the youngest of four children. He graduated from Holland Christian High School.

Prince was accepted into the United States Naval Academy and attended it for three semesters before leaving, citing that he loved the Navy but disliked the Academy. He went on to receive his B.A. in economics from Hillsdale College in 1992. Some sources say Prince dropped out of the Naval Academy,[8][9] while others say he transferred to Hillsdale.[ During his time at Hillsdale, he served as a volunteer firefighter and as a cold-water diver for the Hillsdale County Sheriff’s Department. Prince eventually became an emergency medical technician.

In 1990, Prince secured a low-level internship in the White House under George H.W. Bush, but soon left to intern for California congressman Dana Rohrabacher, President Ronald Reagan’s former speechwriter. Rohrabacher described Prince as “a bright, driven young man.” At the age of 21, Prince volunteered to search for a mass grave in Nicaragua, to expose killings under President Daniel Ortega and later said that he had found one.

After completing his college education, Prince was commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy via Officer Candidate School in 1992. He went on to become a Navy SEAL and deployed with SEAL Team 8 to Haiti, the Middle East, and the Balkans. Prince credits the SEALs for being an outlet for his entrepreneurial spirit. In his autobiography, he states that during the Yugoslav Wars in the early 1990s, he realized the need for private training facilities for special operations.

Prince ended his U.S. Navy service prematurely in 1995 when his father died. Erik assumed control of daily operations at Prince Machine Corporation for a year until 1996 when his mother sold the company for $1.35 billion in cash to Johnson Controls.

Erik Prince Ties to Trump transition

In 2016 Prince supported Republican candidate Donald Trump for President of the United States. Although he had no formal role in Trump’s transition, In December 2016 Prince visited the transition team offices in New York City. In April 2017 as part of a broader investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections the Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating a January 11, 2017 meeting in the Seychelles at which Prince presented himself as Trump’s unofficial representative.

In August 2016, Donald Trump Jr. had a meeting with envoy representing the crown princes of the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia – Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi and Mohammed bin Salman – who offered help to the Trump presidential campaign. The meeting included Prince and Joel Zamel, an Israeli specialist in social media manipulation.

Erik Prince Plan to Privatize the Afghanistan war

In August 2018, President Trump reportedly considered renewed interest in a plan by Blackwater founder Erik Prince to privatize the Afghanistan war

Prince’s idea is to Replace troops in Afghanistan war with private military contractors who would work for a special US envoy reporting directly to President Trump.

Erik Prince Personal life

Prince lives in both Middleburg, Virginia and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. He converted to Catholicism in 1992 and describes himself as a practicing member of the church.

Erik Prince Bio Family

Prince is the younger brother of United States Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, and the brother-in-law of former Alticor (Amway) president Dick DeVos.

Prince’s first wife, Joan Nicole, died of cancer in 2003 at age 36. They had four children. Prince later confirmed that he had an affair with Joanna Ruth Houck, his children’s nanny, while his wife was dying. Prince and Houck married in 2004 and divorced in 2012. He is currently married to Stacy DeLuke,[ a former Blackwater spokeswoman.

Prince has seven children. His youngest child, Charles Donovan Prince, was named after William “Wild Bill” Donovan.


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