How did ‘less than stellar’ high school student Jared Kushner get into Harvard?

My book exposed a grubby secret of American higher education: that
the rich buy their underachieving children’s way into elite universities
with massive, tax-deductible donations. It reported that New Jersey
real estate developer Charles Kushner had pledged $2.5m to Harvard University
not long before his son Jared was admitted to the prestigious Ivy
League school, which at the time accepted about one of every nine
applicants. (Nowadays, it only takes one out of 20.)
I also quoted administrators at Jared’s high school, who described
him as a less-than-stellar student and expressed dismay at Harvard’s

Jared Kushner, a Trump In-Law and Adviser, Chases a Chinese Deal

On the night of Nov. 16, a group of executives gathered in a private  dining room of the restaurant La Chine at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in Midtown Manhattan. At one end sat Wu Xiaohui,  the chairman of the Waldorf’s owner, Anbang Insurance Group, a Chinese financial behemoth with estimated assets of $285 billion and an ownership structure shrouded in mystery. Close by sat Jared Kushner, a major New York real estate investor whose father-in-law, Donald J. Trump, had just been elected president of the United States.

For Kushner, Israel Policy May Be Shaped by the Personal

Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law, has a long connection to Israel. When he meets with the country’s prime minister on Wednesday, it will be a gathering influenced by old encounters and shared experiences. Mustafa Barghouti, a Palestinian leader who was involved in peace talks both with Israelis and internally, said Palestinians were skeptical of Mr. Kushner, and Mr. Trump’s team generally, seeing them as close only to the Israeli side. As part of its philanthropy, Mr. Kushner’s family has made donations to the Beit El settlement, which Mr. Barghouti finds particularly worrisome.

Tillerson Leads From State Dept. Shadows as White House Steps In

In the Washington of President Trump, Rex W. Tillerson has taken an understated approach that can be seen as brilliant, mystifying or a prescription for powerlessness. Mr. Tillerson has skipped every opportunity to define his views or give guidance to American diplomats abroad, limiting himself to terse, scripted statements, taking no questions from reporters and offering no public protest when the White House proposed cutting the State Department budget by 37 percent without first consulting him.

Bannon wants a war on Washington. Now he’s part of one inside the White House.

Stephen K. Bannon — the combative architect of the nationalistic strategy that delivered President Trump to the White House — now finds himself losing ground in an internecine battle within the West Wing that pits the “Bannonites” against a growing and powerful faction of centrist financiers led by the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

In Battle for Trump’s Heart and Mind, It’s Bannon vs. Kushner

The escalating feud between the chief White House strategist and the president’s son-in-law reflects a larger struggle to guide the direction of the Trump presidency. Finally, Mr. Bannon identified why they could not compromise, according to someone with knowledge of the conversation. “Here’s the reason there’s no middle ground,” Mr. Bannon growled. “You’re a Democrat.”

I worked for Jared Kushner. He’s the wrong businessman to reinvent government.

How the New York Observer could predict the fate of the Office of American Innovation. I worked for Jared Kushner at the New York Observer for 18 months as he tried to infuse a much smaller institution than the U.S. government with cost-cutting impulses from the commercial real estate world. And my experience doesn’t bode well for the Office of American Innovation. Not everything that works in the private sector is transferrable to the public sector — and even if it were, Kushner isn’t the best person to transfer it.

Jared Kushner family firm and Chinese company end talks over skyscraper deal

Anbang was discussing buying stake in Fifth Avenue building in New York but critics had suggested China was seeking to curry favor with White House. The talks had drawn criticism from lawmakers and government ethics experts. They saw it as a potential attempt by China to curry favor with the White House. Kushner Companies bought the property in 2007 for a reported $1.8bn when Jared Kushner was running the business. It soon became apparent that Kushner had overpaid.