Steve Bannon

Steve Bannon

Formal First Name
Stephen (Steve)
1953 - present

Steve Bannon is the former Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor during the first seven months of President Donald Trump’s term. He was initially appointed as Trump's campaign CEO then appointed to the White House position following his history. Steve was formerly the Executive Chair of Breitbart News, a far-right news website that he described in 2016 as “the platform for the alt-right.” He is also a former investment banker and media executive, who became an executive producer in Hollywood, and produced 18 films between 1991 and 2016. Steve is also the Executive Chairman and Founder of The Government Accountability Institute, a conservative nonprofit investigative research organization that conducted research for the 2015 book Clinton Cash and received significant funding from the Mercer Foundation. Earlier in his career, he served as an officer in the United States Navy for seven years in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Following his military service, Steve worked as an investment banker in the Mergers and Acquisitions Department of Goldman Sachs.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • In 1990, Steve founded Bannon & Co., a boutique investment bank specializing in media.

  • He briefly worked in the entertainment business, obtaining stakes in 5 TV shows including Seinfeld.

  • He produced a number of movies including a documentary on Ronald Reagan titled In the Face of Evil, as well as Fire from the Heartland: The Awakening of the Conservative Woman, The Undefeated (on Sarah Palin), and Occupy Unmasked.

  • In 2011, Bannon spoke at the Liberty Restoration Foundation in Orlando, Florida, about the Economic Crisis of 2008, the Troubled Assets Relief Program, and their impact on the origins of the Tea Party movement, while also discussing his films Generation Zero (2010) and The Undefeated.



  • GAI is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization where he helped orchestrate the publication of Breitbart News senior editor-at-large Peter Schweizer's book Clinton Cash.

  • The organization creates fact-based indictments against politicians using the deep web, tax filings, flight logs, and foreign government documents and then forwards their findings to the media.

  • The organization is registered as nonpartisan but it mainly investigates alleged corruption, crony capitalism, and misuse of taxpayer money within the Democratic Party.



  • In 1993, he became acting director of the earth science research project Biosphere 2 in Oracle, Arizona.

  • Under his leadership, Biosphere 2 shifted emphasis from researching human space exploration and colonization toward the scientific study of earth's environment, pollution, and climate change.