Who Is Steve Mnuchin's Wife? New Details About Louise Linton

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Steve Mnuchin has become a household name since the election. With most of the Trump cabinet under scrutiny for a plethora of things, he’s put himself in the spotlight as the Secretary of the Treasury. A former Goldman Sachs employee and hedge-fund manager, he’s probably one of the wealthiest members of the cabinet, which is why it’s no surprise he supports tax reform and reducing corporate tax rates. 

But aside from his use of government aircrafts for his own personal use, and trying to make himself and big businesses overflow with wealth, what about his personal life and family? Who is Steve Mnuchin's wife? Here are 8 things to know about Louise Linton, her marriage, and all the crazy details about her controversial life.


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1. She has a college degree.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Pepperdine University, and has a J.D. degree from the University of West Los Angeles School of Law.

2. She’s an actress.

Linton has appeared in films and had minor roles on television shows, including the 2016 remake of Cabin Fever, CSI: NY, and Cold Case. She’s also appeared in the movies The Echo, Scavengers, Intruder, and was a cast member on the reality show Hopelessly Rich.

3. She has other jobs aside from acting.

She founded a production company called Stormchaser Films in 2012, but that’s not all she does. She also serves on the board of Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, was an ambassador for Erskine Wounded Warriors Scotland, and is currently an ambassador for the Scottish Butterfly Trust for Cystic Fibrosis.

Linton is also the interim CEO of Dune Entertainment, which her husband founded in 2004. He stepped down before being appointed to Trump’s cabinet, as part of his ethics agreement to “divest his business roles.” But with her as CEO, doesn’t that mean Mnuchin is still benefiting financially from the company?

4. She is his third wife.

Mnuchin was married to his first wife, Kathryn Leigh McCarver, from 1992 to 1999. Immediately after his divorce, he was married to Heather deForest Crosby from 1999 to 2014, and the two have three children together. He married Linton in 2017, with Mike Pence presiding over the ceremony.


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5. Mnuchin is her second husband.

She was married once before to attorney Ronald Richards from 2006 to 2009. Linton, however, did not have any children from her first marriage. She and Mnuchin met at a wedding reception in 2013, and got married four years after dating.

6. She’s used to a lavish lifestyle.

Many people remember when she came under fire for posting a photo on Instagram of she and her husband, using hashtags to call attention to the designer clothing and accessories she was wearing. One Instagram user criticized her, to which she responded:

“Aw!!! Did you think this was a personal trip?! Adorable! Do you think the US govt paid for our honeymoon or personal travel?! Lololol. Have you given more to the economy than me and my husband? Either as an individual earner in taxes OR in self sacrifice to your country? I’m pretty sure we paid more taxes toward our day ‘trip’ than you did. Pretty sure the amount we sacrifice per year is a lot more than you’d be willing to sacrifice if the choice was yours. You’re adorably out of touch... Your life looks cute... Go chill out and watch the new game of thrones. It’s fab!”

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She finally apologized for her post and response to the criticism, saying “it was inappropriate and highly insensitive.”

While that was in August 2017, shortly after, in November 2017, she and her husband fell under scrutiny again for posing in front of a sheet of dollar bills at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Some even compared the two to Darth Vader and Cruella de Vil. Hah!

7. They requested to use a government jet for their honeymoon.

The request was highly unusual, especially considering that taxpayers would front the bill for the $25,000 per hour operation. Thankfully, the Treasury Department deemed his request unnecessary. Senator Ron Wyden, a democrat from Oregon, commented, “You don't need a giant rulebook of government requirements to just say yourself, ‘This is common sense. It's wrong.’ “That's just slap-your-forehead stuff.” What were they thinking?

8. She wrote a controversial book.

In 2016, Linton released a memoir about her time spent in Zambia when she was 18. Many accused her of fabricating a lot of the details, including how she allegedly escaped from Congolese rebels. The Telegraph published a now-withdrawn article that included excerpts from the book, and people were not happy. People have said that her book has a “white saviour” narrative and that she did not portray Zambia correctly.

In a Washington Post article, writer Karen Attiah responded, “Louise Linton, an actress and producer, just may have written the defining work of the White-Savior-in-Africa genre for the digital age. Linton describes experiences as an 18-year-old student who travels to Zambia in 1999, and claims that she didn’t know that war was raging in Congo. If ‘How Not to Write About Africa’ were an Olympic floor gymnastics event, Linton’s piece would be a strong contender for a gold medal because she deploys, with maximum flourish, just about every lazy trope there is when it comes to writing about Africa.”

The backlash was so serious that Linton agreed to withdraw her book from sale and donate all its profits to charity.


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Samantha Maffucci is an associate editor for YourTango who focuses on writing trending news and entertainment pieces. In her free time, you can find her obsessing about cats, wine, and all things Vanderpump Rules.