How eight elite San Francisco families funded Gavin Newsom’s political ascent
Gavin Newsom wasn’t born rich, but he was born connected — and those alliances have paid handsome dividends throughout his career.
A coterie of San Francisco’s wealthiest families has backed him at every step of his political rise, which in November could lead next to his election as governor of California.
San Francisco society’s “first families” — whose names grace museum galleries, charity ball invitations and hospital wards — settled on Newsom, 50, as their favored candidate two decades ago, said Willie Brown, former state Assembly speaker and former mayor of the city.
EXCLUSIVE: How Gavin Newsom went from Getty dynasty darling and rising star of the Democratic party alongside ex-wife-turned Trump advisor Kimberly Guilfoyle to scandal-ridden governor facing recall
- California Governor Gavin Newsom has seen his approval rating dive over the state’s oppressive COVID restrictions and a bumpy vaccine roll-out
- More than a third of the state’s voters said they would oust Newsom at the ballot box if the recall qualifies, a survey by UC Berkeley found last week
- Newsom, once widely tipped for future White House run, is facing criticism from within his own party as GOP-led campaign to recall him steams to a conclusion
- Newsom ran for governor three years ago, with members of the sprawling Getty family donating more than $500,000 to his successful campaign
- When one of J. Paul Getty’s grandsons was kidnapped, it was Gavin Newsom’s father, the Getty’s lawyer, who delivered the ransom money
- Ann and Gordon Getty served as Newsom’s unofficially adoptive parents, and had helped finance his meteoric rise in politics
- Prior to running for public office, Newsom had also ran a wine shop and restaurant business with Billy Getty
- His goddaughter, Natalia ‘Nats’ Gettys, an influencer and lesbian model, recently announced on social media that she’s started her ‘physical transition’