Susan Gianforte is the wife of nearly three decades of Montana’s House seat Republican nominee, Greg Gianforte.
Susan’s hubby is the founder of software company RightNow, which he sold for over $1.8 billion in 2012. The couple has lived in Montana since 1995 and together have raised their four children.
Is safe to say her husband may have lost all chances at this year’s election after being charged with misdemeanor assault.
Susan’s husband allegedly slammed a Guardian reporter to the floor on the eve of the state’s special election, breaking his glasses and shouting: “Get the hell out of here.”
Susan has been her hubby’s number one supporter throughout his career both as a businessman and as a politician since their marriage in 1989. Read her top facts below.
1. Susan was raised only by his mother.
Susan is the daughter of German immigrants who were based in New York. She was brought up by her mother who became a widow.
2. She is well educated.
She holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University, an MS in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley, and an MBA from NYU, the last of which she earned while working for Bell Laboratories.
3. She left her top exec job to raise her children and help her husband.
Susan who met her hubby working at AT&T Bell Laboratories in New Jersey –later worked as a senior manager at NNC/KPMG. She left her post in 1993 after the birth of her third child.
Following her resignation she and her hubby founded RightNow Technologies in 1997 and she became the company’s controller for the next two years.
4. She is a trustee at the Gianforte Family Foundation.
In 2006 she and her husband founded the family’s foundation and since then have raised millions of dollars in charitable contribution.
5. She if the mother of three sons and one daughter.
Susan’s oldest son Richard, went to Caltech and received a double major in Computer Science and Business.
David Gianforte, graduated from Montana State University while younger brother, Adam, studied Linguistics at Cornell University and lives in Chicago.
Susan and Greg are also the parents of daughter, Rachel who attended Stanford University. All of their children are also involved in the foundation.