Who is Samantha Hegseth and Why Did She Get Famous?

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Samantha Hegseth is the name of an American television personality, news reporter, and anchor. Samantha is currently working as the co-host of the series named Fox & Friends.

She is the second wife of an ex-military officer named Pete Hegseth, but due to some personal reasons, the duo separated from each other in 2017. As of now, she is single and enjoying her freedom.

Samantha and Pete have three children together Gunner Hegseth, Boone Hegseth, and Rex Hegseth. However, Gunner was born before the marriage, the eldest child. In th year 2012, Boone was born, and Rex in the year 2016.

How Did Samantha Hegseth Amass Her Net Worth 

According to early 2019 sources, a net worth of almost $500,000 was earned through success in her various endeavors. Her wealth has been elevated thanks to her former husband’s success and divorce, who has an estimated net worth of over $3 million as of 2022. 

As she continues her career, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.

How Samantha Hegseth’s Career Took Off 

Very little information is known about Samantha’s childhood, family, and education. There is also minimal information about her career and life before she met Pete. 

She worked in the organization called Vets For Freedom, a political advocacy organization founded in 2006, founded initially as the 527 groups by veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and are a tax-exempt non-profit organization.

The group has connections with Republican Party leaders, and they are known for supporting former Senator Joseph Lieberman. 

They are also known for spending a considerable amount of money on campaign ads and promoting the surge of U.S. Troops during the 2007 Iraq War. They’ve received significant donations, including from casino magnate Sheldon Adelson. 

During her time there, Samantha worked as a spokeswoman for the group, and it was during this period she met Pete, who was working as an executive director for the company.

Who Is Samantha Hegseth’s Ex-Husband Pete Hegseth

Pete is a Princeton University graduate and initially worked as an equity capital markets analyst for Bear Stearns before being commissioned into the U.S. Army National Guard as a reserve infantry officer. 

In 2004, his unit was called, and he served as an infantry platoon leader at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, after which he went on to serve in Iraq. 

On return to the U.S., he briefly worked for the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research before working for Vets for Freedom. He advocated for greater troop presence in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He then started appearing on the Fox News Channel as a military analyst and made appearances on various other networks. He has been invited to write editorials for “The New York Post”, “The Wall Street Journal”, and “The Washington Post”. 

During the 2016 Republican Primaries, he supported Donald Trump and is one of his strongest supporters, frequently attacking the media and opposition against Trump. He has been heavily criticized for allowing Trump to make false claims in interviews without challenging him. He also said on air that he does not believe in germs and has not washed his hands for ten years.

Pete and Samantha Marriage and Divorce

When Pete met Samantha, he was married to Meredith Schwarz. While details have not been explicitly shared about their relationship, it is often reported that they began it while he was still married. 

He divorced his first wife in 2009 and the following year married Samantha – the couple has three children together, the first of whom was born when they were not yet married. The family attended Eagle Brook Church, and Pete advocated traditional family values. He mentioned that parents with kids should be prevented from divorcing to encourage large productive families.

Despite his promotion of large families and traditional family values, it was reported sometime in 2016 that he has been in multiple extra-marital affairs. 

This was later proven true as Fox Executive Producer Jennifer Rauchet became pregnant with his child in 2017, which led to Pete and Samantha divorcing later in the year. Since their divorce, neither party has remarried, and she has moved farther away from media attention. 

Most of the attention during their marriage was with Pete anyway, which continues to be after their divorce. Despite his other relationships, he doesn’t seem intent on marrying again in the near future.

Her Ex-Husband Was Involved in Many Controversies

Samantha’s former husband has been in his share of controversies throughout his career. In 2015, during a live broadcast of “Fox & Friends”, Pete threw a double bit lumberjack ax that missed a wooden target and hit a drummer of the West Point Hellcats across the elbow, narrowly missed being struck by the ax’s sharp end directly but still received cuts. 

This was a violation of the coordination between the band and Fox, as there was an agreement not to throw any axes while the band was performing.

Pete was also formerly the chief executive director of another advocacy group called Concerned Veterans for America, funded by the billionaire Koch brothers. He hired his brother Philip and paid him $108,000 within a year during that period. 

He also spent a good portion of the group’s resources on Christmas parties for families and friends, more than the group spent on candidates. He has also mocked “The New York Times” for their lack of coverage about the capture of five ISIS leaders, despite the fact that that very publication broke the story in the first place.

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