John Pete Ricketts is a Republican politician and businessman from the United States. He has been the Governor of Nebraska since 2015, and he is the state’s 40th governor. He is also a part-owner of the Chicago Cubs, a Major League Baseball franchise, along with other family members.
Ricketts, who is 57 years old, was born on August 19, 1964. He is the oldest of four siblings and was born in Nebraska City to Joe and Marlene Ricketts. His father founded the computerized trading platform TD Ameritrade. Ricketts is a member of the Knights of Columbus and a Roman Catholic.
Ricketts was born in Nebraska City and eventually relocated to Omaha, where his father started First Omaha Securities in 1975 and his mother worked as a teacher. Ricketts, along with his brothers, attended Omaha’s Westside High School, where he graduated in 1982. In 1986, he graduated from the University of Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in arts with an emphasis in biology. In 1991, Ricketts earned an MBA in marketing and finance.
After graduating, Ricketts returned to Omaha and worked for the Union Pacific Railroad for a year before becoming a salesperson for an environmental consulting firm. He ultimately joined his father’s company in 1993, working in the phone center for the first few months before being promoted to many senior roles. In 2006, he was promoted to Chief Operating Officer.
In 2006, Ricketts quit Ameritrade to compete for the United States Senate, but he was defeated by Ben Nelson. When the Ricketts family acquired the Chicago Cubs in 2009, he joined the board of directors alongside his three siblings. Ricketts has been in this position for a long time.
Ricketts campaigned for Governor of Nebraska in 2014 and won the primary with 26 percent of the vote in May of that year. He was elected Governor of Nebraska after receiving 57 percent of the vote in the general election. Ricketts was re-elected with 59 percent of the vote on November 6 and has remained in office since then.
Ricketts is married to Susanne Shore and the couple has three children together. In 1997, they tied the knot. Shore has been on the boards of the Child Saving Institute and the Nebraska Families Cooperative, both of which are dedicated to child protection. Additionally, she previously worked as a nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital.
Pete Ricketts is one of America’s wealthiest politicians, with an estimated net worth of $60 million to $70 million. His major source of income is the Governor’s pay, which is roughly $105,000 each year.
He owns a portion of the Chicago Cubs, a Major League Baseball franchise valued at $1.8 billion, which is a record high. The Ricketts family controls TD Ameritrade, an electronic trading platform that they bought for $1.7 billion in 2006. Ricketts is also a co-founder of the Platte Institute for Economic Research in Omaha, Nebraska.
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