Susan Rice

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Susan Rice
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National Security Advisor
In office
July 1, 2013-Present
Years in position 2
Elections and appointments
NominatedJune 15, 2013
AppointedJuly 1, 2013
Appointed byBarack Obama
Prior offices
United States Ambassador to the United Nations
Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs
High schoolNational Cathedral School
Bachelor'sStanford University
Ph.D.New College, Oxford University
Date of birthNovember 17, 1964
Place of birthWashington, D.C.
Susan Elizabeth Rice (b. November 17, 1964, in Washington, D.C.) is the current National Security Advisor to Barack Obama. Rice was nominated to the position by President Obama on June 5, 2013,[1] and took over the position from Tom Donilon on July 1, 2013, leaving her post as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.[2]

Rice's political career began with the National Security Council under President Clinton in 1993.[3] She also spent time as the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs before being appointed U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.[3]


Rice was born and raised in Washington, D.C., where she was exposed to political ideas throughout her childhood. Her father, Emmett Rice, was an economics professor at Cornell University, as well as a governor of the Federal Reserve System. Her mother, Lois Dickson Fitt, researched education policy and was a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution.[3] Her mother also served on the school board of Rice's school, the National Cathedral School, with Madeleine Albright, whom Rice credits as an influence on her personal and professional life.[3] Rice attended Stanford University and continued her education at New College, Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, earning her Master's degree and Ph.D. in international relations.[4]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Rice's academic, professional and political career:[3][4]

  • 1986: Graduated from Stanford University
  • 1990: Earned Ph.D. from New College, Oxford University
  • 1990-1993: International Management Consultant for McKinsey & Company
  • 1993-1995: Director of International Organizations and Peacekeeping for the National Security Council
  • 1995-1997: Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs for the National Security Council
  • 1997-2001: United States Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs
  • 2002-2009: Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution
  • 2007-2008: Senior Advisor for National Security Affairs on the Obama Change for America Campaign
  • 2009-2013: United States Ambassador to the United Nations
  • 2013-Present: National Security Advisor


Benghazi attack

On September 11, 2012, the Islamic militant group, Ansar al-Sharia, attacked the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others were killed.[5] Rice participated in a number of interviews following the attacks during President Obama's presidential campaign. She labeled the attack a spontaneous reaction to an anti-Muslim video made by an American that was shown in the region.[6] The Obama administration acknowledged later that it was a premeditated attack.[7] Rice insisted she gave responses based on the intelligence she had received to that point, even though the interviews were five days after the attacks.[8] Rice was a leading candidate to be nominated to succeed Hillary Clinton as U.S. Secretary of State, but it wasn't believed she would pass through confirmation due to her misrepresentation of the Benghazi attacks. She withdrew from consideration in December 2012.[9]


Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Rice's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $27,671,213.00 and $50,623,011.00. That averages to $39,147,112.00, which ranks 5th among executive branch members.[10]


Rice is married to television producer Ian Cameron with whom she has two children.[3]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Tom Donilon
National Security Advisor
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Zalmay Khalilzad
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.
Succeeded by
Samantha Power