Colin Powell : Family, Net Worth, Wife, Children, Education, Working Career and Biography

Colin Luther Powell is an American politician, diplomat and retired four-star general know all about him in this article as like his Family, Net Worth, Wife, Children, Education, Working Career and Biography

Colin Powell : Family, Net Worth, Wife, Children, Education, Working Career and Biography
Colin Powell
  Bio
Name Colin Powell
Birthdate ( Age) 5 April 1937
Place of Birth Harlem, New York, United States
Nationality American
Marital Status  Married
Spouse/Partner Alma Powell (m. 1962)
Children Linda PowellMichael PowellAnnemarie Powell
Parents Luther Theophilus PowellMaud Arial
Education George Washington University 
Profession Former United States Secretary of State
Net Worth $60 Million 
Last Update October 2021

Colin Luther Powell was an American politician, diplomat and retired four-star general who served as the 65th United States Secretary of State from 2001 to 2005. Powell was the first African-American Secretary of State.

Colin Powell with Wife Alma Powell

Colin Powell with Wife Alma Powell

Powell was a professional soldier for 35 years, during which time he held many command and staff positions and rose to the rank of four-star general. He was Commander of the U.S. Army Forces Command in 1989.

Early Life and Family

Powell was born on April 5, 1937,in Harlem, a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Manhattan, to Jamaican immigrants, Maud Arial (née McKoy) and Luther Theophilus Powell. His parents were both of mixed African and Scottish ancestry.Luther worked as a shipping clerk and Maud as a seamstress.Powell was raised in the South Bronx and attended the now closed Morris High School, from which he graduated in 1954.

While at school, Powell worked at a local baby furniture store, where he picked up Yiddish from the Eastern European Jewish shopkeepers and some of the customers.He also served as a Shabbos goy, helping Orthodox families with needed tasks on the Sabbath.He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the City College of New York in 1958 and has said he was a "C average" student.He later earned an MBA degree from George Washington University in 1971,after his second tour in Vietnam.

Colin Powell Wife and Childrend

Powell married Alma Johnson on August 25, 1962. Their son, Michael Powell, was the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from 2001 to 2005. His daughters are Linda Powell, an actress, and Annemarie Powell. 

Colin Powell Net Worth

Colin Luther Powell was an American politician, diplomat and retired four-star general who served as the 65th United States Secretary has an estimated Net Worth around $60 Million in 2021.

Professional Career

Powell was a professional soldier for 35 years, holding a variety of command and staff positions and rising to the rank of general.Cadet Powell joined the Pershing Rifles, the ROTC fraternal organization and drill team begun by General John Pershing. Even after he had become a general, Powell kept on his desk a pen set he had won for a drill team competition.

Upon graduation, he received a commission as an Army second lieutenant.After attending basic training at Fort Benning, Powell was assigned to the 48th Infantry, in West Germany, as a platoon leader.

In the early 1980s, Powell served at Fort Carson, Colorado. After he left Fort Carson, Powell became senior military assistant to Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger, whom he assisted during the 1983 invasion of Grenada and the 1986 airstrike on Libya.

In 1986, Powell took over the command of V Corps in Frankfurt, Germany, from Robert Lewis "Sam" Wetzel. The next year, he served as United States Deputy National Security Advisor, under Frank Carlucci.Following the Iran–Contra scandal, Powell became, at the age of 49, Ronald Reagan's National Security Advisor, serving from 1987 to 1989 while retaining his Army commission as a lieutenant general.

In April 1989, after his tenure with the National Security Council, Powell was promoted to four-star general under President George H. W. Bush and briefly served as the Commander in Chief, Forces Command (FORSCOM), headquartered at Fort McPherson, Georgia, overseeing all Army, Army Reserve, and National Guard units in the Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico.

He became the third general since World War II to reach four-star rank without ever serving as a division commander, joining Dwight D. Eisenhower and Alexander Haig.Later that year, President George H. W. Bush selected him as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Powell's last military assignment, from October 1, 1989, to September 30, 1993, was as the 12th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the highest military position in the Department of Defense. At age 52, he became the youngest officer, and first Afro-Caribbean American, to serve in this position. Powell was also the first JCS Chair who received his commission through ROTC.

Powell was a moderate Republican from 1995 until 2021, when he became an independent following the storming of the U.S. Capitol.He showed support for liberal or centrist causes.He was pro-choice regarding abortion, and in favor of "reasonable" gun control.

He stated in his autobiography that he supported affirmative action that levels the playing field, without giving a leg up to undeserving persons because of racial issues. Powell was also instrumental in the 1993 implementation of the military's don't ask, don't tell policy,though he later supported its repeal as proposed by Robert Gates and Admiral Mike Mullen in January 2010, saying "circumstances had changed."