Jonathan Bush

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Jonathan Bush
Born Jonathan James Bush
(1932-05-06) May 6, 1932 (age 86)
Greenwich, Connecticut
Residence New Haven, Connecticut and North Haven, Maine
Alma mater Yale University
Occupation Banker
Spouse(s) Josephine (Bradley) Bush
Children Billy Bush
Jonathan S. Bush
Parent(s) Prescott Sheldon Bush
Dorothy Walker Bush
Relatives George H. W. Bush (brother)
George W. Bush (nephew)

Jonathan James Bush (born May 6, 1932) is an American banker.

Education and family

Bush was born in Greenwich, Connecticut,[1] to Prescott Sheldon Bush, a politician, and Dorothy Walker Bush. He graduated from The Hotchkiss School and Yale University, where he was a member of Skull and Bones.[2]:145, 179 The fourth child in the family, he is the brother of Prescott "Pressy" Bush, Jr. (1922–2010), the 41st President of the United States George H. W. Bush (b. 1924), Nancy Bush (b. 1926), and William "Bucky" Bush (b. 1938). He is the uncle of the 43rd President George W. Bush.

Bush is the father of NBC entertainment reporter Billy Bush and health care executive Jonathan S. Bush, and he resides in New Haven, Connecticut, and North Haven, Maine, with his wife, Josephine (Bradley) Bush.


As of 2013, Jonathan Bush is a Senior Officer at Fairfield, Bush & Co., an Investment Advisory Firm, with offices in New Canaan & New Haven, Connecticut as well as Los Angeles, California.[3]

Jonathan Bush founded J. Bush & Co. which provided discreet banking services for the Washington D.C. embassies of foreign governments for many years. In 1997, Riggs Bank bought J. Bush & Co. and made Bush CEO & President of Riggs Investment, a firm based in New Haven, Connecticut.

In the early 1980s, Jonathan Bush helped organize investors for George W. Bush's first oil venture, Arbusto, later called Bush Explorations.

During the 2000 presidential campaign, Bush was a major contributor and fundraiser to his nephew's election and was named a "Bush Pioneer" for raising more than $100,000 for the campaign.[4]


On May 15, 2004, The Washington Post published an item about Jonathan Bush which states: "A political Web site written by a Democratic operative drew attention yesterday to the fact that President Bush's uncle, Jonathan J. Bush, is a top executive at Riggs Bank, which this week agreed to pay a record $25 million in civil fines for violations of law intended to thwart money laundering."[5]

The bank accounts under investigation may have been Saudi, though the article does not state such. It does, however, go on to say: "...a source familiar with the multiple federal investigations of the bank's Saudi accounts and other embassy accounts say Jonathan Bush's investment advice unit has 'no relationship whatsoever' with any of the Riggs's Saudi accounts." Moreover, the newspaper quotes a spokesman for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency as saying "any suggestion of political influence in the Riggs situation is 'preposterous.'"

In 1991, Bush was fined $30,000 in Massachusetts and several thousand in Connecticut for violating registration laws governing securities sales. He was barred from securities brokerage with the general public in Massachusetts for one year.[6]


  1. Kurtz, Howard, "The First Brother", New York Magazine, October 8, 1990.
  2. Robbins, Alexandra (2002). Secrets of the Tomb: Skull and Bones, the Ivy League, and the Hidden Paths of Power. Boston: Little, Brown. ISBN 0-316-72091-7.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  5. "Web Site Cites Bush-Riggs Link". The Washington Post. May 15, 2004. Retrieved May 7, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Mass. Regulators Fine Stockbrokerage Owned by President Bush's Brother". Associated Press. 1991-07-26.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>