John Rufus Gifford, born in Boston, Massachusetts is 46-year-old American diplomat. Gifford is a former United States Ambassador, reality television star, social media star and a former candidate for U.S. Congress in Massachusetts’s 3rd congressional district.
Gifford entered politics after completing his bachelor’s degree in Brown University by working on John Kerry’s presidential campaign in 2004. Shortly after, he started his own consulting business for Democratic officials and advocates. Gifford made his way back into politics joining Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008, soon after declining the same job for Hilary Clinton. Subsequently on Obama’s victory, Gifford served as Finance Director for the Democratic National Committee in Washington DC. Average salary for such position averaged up to 74,000USD as per salary.com. Gifford was accountable for the record breaking billion-dollar budget during President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign.
Gifford then was appointed as the United States Ambassador to Denmark, by re-elected president Obama. As an Ambassador, he worked exceptionally well. Gifford modernized many bilateral and global issues, brought environmentally friendly changes to the country, worked on Danish military to provide support in Iraq and Afghanistan and many more.
Gifford’s work didn’t remain un-noticed, a TV documentary about his life ran for two seasons and in 2017 Gifford was bestowed upon the Grand Cross of the Order of the Dannebrog by Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark for his “meritorious service to the Kingdom of Denmark.” Average salary then as an ambassador was 170,000USD as per salary.com. Gifford had recently joined forces with Biden for Biden’s presidential campaign in 2020. Average salary as per salary.com for such position is 60,000USD.
Gifford holds an impressive number of followers in twitter and is one of the few openly gay diplomats around. Gifford was also Obama’s informal ambassador to the gay community. Considering Gifford’s earnings throughout the years, his Net Worth is estimated to be nearly $930 million. Ambassador to Denmark, reported assets ranging $3.5 million to $11.2 million in an amended disclosure to the House clerk on Friday.