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 1969Holland, Michigan, U.S.|
|Education||United States Naval Academy
Hillsdale College (BA)
|Known for||Founder of Blackwater|
(m. 1991; d. 2003)
(m. 2004; div. 2012)
Stacy DeLuke (m. date unknown)
|Children||Erik Xavier Prince, Sophia Nicole Prince, Isabella Grace Prince, Charles Donovan, Christian Edgar Prince|
|Relatives||Edgar Prince (father)
Betsy DeVos (sister)
|Net Worth||$2.4 billion dollars as of 2018|
||United States Navy|
|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, 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: Right now there's 15,000 U.S. Troops and another 30,000 contractors. All I need, my plan would say, 2,000 U.S. Special forces remain, and about 6,000 contractors. So by any stretch, that is a severe reduction in manpower and certainly in spending
— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) August 17, 2018
Erik Prince Personal life
Erik Prince Bio Family
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.