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Erik Prince

Erik PrinceAKA Erik D. Prince

Born: 6-Jun-1969
Birthplace: Holland, MI

Gender: Male
Religion: Born-Again Christian
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Business, Military
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Founder of Blackwater Worldwide

Military service: US Navy (SEAL Team Officer, 1993-96; Bosnia, Haiti)

Erik Prince is a multi-millionaire fundamentalist Christian, who co-founded the security and mercenary firm Blackwater in 1997 with Gary Jackson, a former Navy SEAL. He is a major Republican campaign contributor, who interned in the White House of President George H.W. Bush and for conservative congressman Dana Rohrabacher, campaigned for Pat Buchanan in 1992.

His wealth came from his father, Edgar Prince, who headed Prince Automotive, an auto parts and machinery manufacturer. Prince's sister Betsy DeVos is a powerful conservative in her own right married to the son of Richard DeVos (Republican bankroller and co-founder of Amway), she served as chair of Michigan Republican Party in the 1990s.

Father: Edgar Prince (d. 1995, billionaire)
Mother: Elsa Prince Broekhuizen (financier)
Sister: Betsy DeVos (former chair, Michigan Republican Party, m. Dick DeVos, Amway scion)
Sister: Emilie Prince
Sister: Eileen Prince
Wife: Joan (four children, d. 2003, cancer)
Daughter: Sophia

    High School: Holland Christian High School, Holland, MI
    University: Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI

    Blackwater Co-Founder and CEO (1997-2009)
    White House Intern (1990)
    America's Foundation
    Bush-Cheney '04
    DeMint for Senate Committee
    Family Research Council College intern
    National Conservative Campaign Fund
    National Republican Congressional Committee
    Restoring the American Dream
    Santorum 2006
    Special Operations Warrior Foundation Board of Directors
    Susan B. Anthony List
    Tom Delay Congressional Committee
    Walter Jones Committee
    DeVos Family by sister's marriage


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