Hope Hicks, President Donald Trump’s White House Communications Director, never had a political position before she worked on the Trump campaign. But she is still one of the highest-paid people in the Trump Administration.
The Daily Caller first reported that Hicks will be take the job. However, The New York Times first reported that she’ll only be in the role on an interim basis until the position can be filled full-time.
The White House confirmed that Hicks will be Communications Director until a permanent director will be found. “We will make an announcement on a permanent communications director at the appropriate time,” the White House said. On September 12, Hicks was confirmed as the permanent White House Communications Director.
Here’s a look at Hicks’ net worth and her salary.
1. Hicks’ Financial Disclosure Form Shows $100,001 to $250,000 in Her Bank Account
The financial disclosure form Hicks filed with the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, which was last revised in March, shows that she has between $100,001 and $250,000 in a bank account under “Other Assets and Income.” She was not required to list “gifts and travel reimbursements,” or “transactions.”
She listed two prior positions outside of government. She worked as Director of Communications at the Trump Organization from October 2014 to January 2017. She also listed Press Secretary for the Trump For America, Inc. from November 2016 to January 2017.
Her salary from the Trump Organization was $71,689. She earned $141,417 working for the Trump campaign. She earned $21,830 while working for the Trump transition team.
Hicks is only 28 years old, but she’s the longest-serving Trump political aide. She started working in the Trump family in 2011, after getting a job at Hiltzik Strategies. There, she started working with Trump’s daughter Ivanka and that landed her in the Trump universe, GQ reports. By August 2014, she was working in Trump Tower full time. Hicks then became Trump’s first press secretary during his campaign.
Hicks is single. GQ reported that the demands of her Trump schedule led to the breakup of her boyfriend of six years.
2. Hicks Earns $179,700, the Top Salary at the White House, as Director of Strategic Communications
When the White House released its salary list, it was revealed that Hicks earns $179,700 as Trump’s Director of Strategic Communications. That’s the top salary bracket, meaning she earned as much as experienced political aides like Kellyanne Conway and former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, as well as Steve Bannon.
Trump created the position for Hicks in December 2016.
In May, she was criticized for sending a statement to the Washington Post about Trump’s “positive energy.” The Post suggested that it was like something out of Saturday Night Live or a propaganda machine.
“President Trump has a magnetic personality and exudes positive energy, which is infectious to those around him. He has an unparalleled ability to communicate with people, whether he is speaking to a room of three or an arena of 30,000,” Hicks said. “He has built great relationships throughout his life and treats everyone with respect. He is brilliant with a great sense of humor … and an amazing ability to make people feel special and aspire to be more than even they thought possible.”
3. Hicks Worked for Ralph Lauren & Was the Face of ‘Hourglass Adventures’ Books
Hicks stayed away from the spotlight during the presidential campaign, but she was in front of cameras as a young girl. As Town And Country Magazine notes, she was hired as a Ralph Lauren model at age 11, along with her older sister, Mary Grace. She appeared in magazines and was even seen in an episode of the soap Guiding Light.
Hicks was also the face of The Hourglass Adventures by Barbara Robertson. The books are no longer in print, but you can find used copies on Amazon. Hicks was featured on the cover of these books as the character Rosemary Rita who is transported back in time to meet her great-great-great-grandmother in 1870 Berlin in the first book.
4. When She Was Working for Hiltzik, She Shared an Apartment With Her Sister in Greenwich
Hicks was raised in Greenwich, Connecticut and graduated from Greenwich High School. Before she began working for Trump, she was living modestly. The New York Times notes in its June 2016 profile of Hicks that she was living in a Greenwich apartment with her sister when she was working for Hiltzik in New York. She would commute from Connecticut to New York every day.
But when she started working for Trump, she moved into a rent-free Trump-owned apartment. GQ noted that the apartment was provided by Trump’s campaign.
The Times reported in 2016 that Hicks’ parents still live in Greenwich and she’d visit them whenever she had free time.
5. Hicks’ Father Paul Serves as Regional CEO of Ogilvy Public Relations
Hicks’ father, Paul B. Hicks III, is the Regional CEO, Americas of Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and has experience in politics. He was Chief of Staff for Republican U.S. Representative Stewart B. McKinney of Connecticut and a part-time aide for Senator Lowell Weicker. He has lived in Greenwich since 1962.
In April 2016, Greenwich celebrated Paul B. Hicks III Day to honor Hicks’ philanthropy. He also received the Cos Cob Fire Police Patrol Chief’s Award.
Hicks’ mother is Caye Ann Hicks, who was also a legislative assistant, working for Rep. Ed Jones of Tennessee. Her sister Mary Grace works as a paramedic in Greenwich.