Meet Wilbur Ross: Trump's pick for commerce secretary

Wilbur Ross, 79-year-old American investor specializing in distressed assets, has been named commerce secretary in Donald Trump's new administration.

Ross was previously part of the Trump campaign's economic team (as senior advisor on trade) and contributed to Trump's 100-day action plan.

The billionaire investor was one of Trump's early supporters and has known the president-elect for decades, famously helping Trump avoid bankruptcy in the 1980s. He has supported Trump's hostile stance against free trade agreements like NAFTA while welcoming the proposal to drastically cut taxes on corporations which, he believes, will help stimulate the American economy.

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Counselor to the President: Kellyanne Conway

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Veterans Affairs Secretary: David Shulkin

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Transportation secretary: Elaine Chao

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Energy secretary: Rick Perry

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Secretary of State: Rex Tillerson

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Secretary of Defense: Retired Marine General James Mattis

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Chief of staff: Reince Priebus

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Chief strategist: Steve Bannon


Attorney General: Senator Jeff Sessions

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Director of the CIA: Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo

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Deputy national security adviser: K.T. McFarland

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White House counsel: Donald McGahn

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Ambassador to the United Nations: South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley

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Education secretary: Betsy DeVos

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Commerce secretary: Wilbur Ross

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Homeland security secretary: General John Kelly

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Housing and urban development secretary: Ben Carson

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Administrator of Environmental Protection Agency: Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt

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Health and human services secretary: Tom Price

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Department of Homeland Security: Retired General John Kelly

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Secretary of agriculture: Sonny Perdue

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Ross, famously known as the "King of Bankruptcy," is a big fan of deregulation and has been accused of being anti-worker for his business dealings. On election day, he claimed a Hillary Clinton presidency would essentially be a "third term of Obama" and push the US into a recession.

With a net worth of $2.9 Billion, Ross currently ranks 232nd on 2016's Forbes 400 list. He began his career at Rothschild, spending the next twenty five years working on bankruptcy and restructuring before going on to found WL Ross & Co in 2000. He holds a bachelor's degree from Yale University and a MBA from Harvard University.

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