Erik Prince is an American former US Navy SEAL, businessman, and the founder and owner of the military company, XE, also known as Blackwater Worldwide.
He is also widely recognized for founding the world’s largest private military company, Blackwater USA.
How old is Erik Prince?
Erik Prince was born on 6 June 1969, in Holland, Michigan to Edgar D. Prince, father and his wife, Elsa (Zwiep), and the youngest of four children.
Prince lives in both Middleburg, Virginia, and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. He converted to Catholicism in 1992 and describes himself as a practicing member of the church. Erik holds American citizenship but his ethnicity is unknown.
He graduated from Holland Christian High School. He grew up along with his elder brother named Besty DeVos, who is the United States Secretary of Education. Prince joined the United States Naval Academy and attended it for three semesters and left. He then achieved his B.A. in economics from Hillsdale College in 1992.
According to some sources, Prince dropped out of the Naval Academy, while others say he transferred to Hillsdale. During his time at Hillsdale. There, he served as a volunteer firefighter and as a cold-water diver for the Hillsdale County Sheriff’s Department. Eventually, he became an emergency medical technician.
How did Erik Prince pursue his Career?
In 1990, Prince did a low-level internship in the White House under George H.W. Bush. But, he left it soon in order to intern for California congressman Dana Rohrabacher, President Ronald Reagan’s former speechwriter who described Price as “a bright, driven young man.”
When he was 21 years old, he volunteered to search for a mass grave in Nicaragua, to expose killings under President Daniel Ortega and later said that he had found one.
Then he was commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy via Officer Candidate School in 1992. He began working as a Navy SEAL and deployed with SEAL Team 8 to Haiti, the Middle East, and the Balkans.
Prince credits the SEALs for being an outlet for his entrepreneurial spirit. In his autobiography, he states that during the Yugoslav Wars in the early 1990s, he realized the need for private training facilities for special operations. In 1995, he ended his U.S. Navy service prematurely after the death of his father.
Who is Prince pursue Married to?
Previously, he was married to Joan Nicole Prince until her death in 2003. The love birds welcomed four children together. Joan died of cancer in 2003 at age 36. They had four children.
After that, he married Joanna Ruth Prince, with whom he has three children. They married in 2004 and divorced in 2012.
He is currently married to Stacy DeLuke, a former Blackwater spokeswoman. Reportedly, he now lives in the United Arab Emirates.
Prince has altogether seven children. One of his children, Charles Donovan Prince, was named after William “Wild Bill” Donovan.
Prince Machine Corporation
Then he began working as control of daily operations at Prince Machine Corporation for a year until 1996 when his mother sold the company for $1.35 billion in cash to Johnson Controls.
The company won the award of $1.6 billion worth of federal contracts. In addition, it was awarded $600 million worth of classified contracts from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) since 2001. Furthermore, Barack Obama has already granted them $120 million worth of United States Department of State Security contract.
Meanwhile, in 2007, the company went through major public scrutiny and criticisms. After two years, Prince stepped down as Chairman of the Board and in 2010, Blackwater Worldwide was sold to a group of investors.
What is Erik Prince Net worth?
He has an estimated net worth of around $2.4 billion net worth but his salary and income are under review.
How tall is Erik Prince?
He has a height of 5 ft. 6 inches and weighs 75 kg. Also, Prince has dark brown hair and brown eyes.
Erik does not seem to be active on social media like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.