James David Vance is a venture capitalist and American author known for his biography Hillbilly Elegy. The book is about the drawbacks of his hometown and the Appalachian values of his upbringing. In 2016 and 2017, his book was on The New York Times Best Seller List. His book was a finalist for the 2017 Dayton Literary Peace Prize. During the 2016 election, the book attracted significant attention from national media as a window into the white working class.
Despite the popular attention and critical acclaim, his book was criticized much by the Appalachians who argued that Vance was not an authentic hillbilly or representative of the White Working Class.
The conflict was that in Vance’s book the author misleadingly conflates the experience and identity of his hillbilly grandparents, with whom he spent much time during summers as a boy, with his own.
Vance identifies as a socially conservative politician who is nevertheless critical of the Republican Party’s policies. He argues on economic policies where he argues that the Republican platform favors the interests of the wealthy at the expense of the working class.
J. D. Vance Bio: Age, Early Life
J.D. Vance was born on August 2, 1984. He is 36 years old. He grew up in the Appalachian town of Jackson, Kentucky. In the Rustbelt city of Middletown, Ohio.
J. D. Vance Career Details
J.D Vance was educated at a public high school in his hometown named Middletown High School. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps after graduating from there and served in Iraq. He performed public affairs activities there. Later, He received a B.A degree from Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Then he worked for the Republican state senator Bob Schuler.
Vance received a J.D. (Juris Doctor) degree from Yale Law School. His mentor and professor Amy Chua convinced him to write his memoir there during his first year at Yale Law School.
J.D Vance worked at Yale’s Veterans Legal Services Clinic during his time at Law school. Where he provided free legal counsel to the veterans of the nation’s wars in Vietnam and Iraq.
Vance worked as a principal in a venture capital firm after law school. The firm was owned by Peter Theil. His company was known as Mithril Capital Management. Vance raised $93 million in 2020 for Narya Capital which was based in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Vance indicated that he planned to move to Ohio on December 16 to start a nonprofit organization called “Our Ohio Renewal” and run for office and work on combating drug addiction in the Rust Belt. Ohio Renewal is the name of the nonprofit organization.
J.D Vance became a CNN contributor in January 2017. And in April of 2017, Ron Howard signed on to direct a film based on Hillbilly Elegy. J.D. worked as a principal at a leading Silicon Valley investment firm until March 2017. Then he moved to Columbus, Ohio to work for Revolution which was owned by Steve Case. He was the founder of AOL. Vance made venture capital investments in places that were overlooked by most investors.
J.D Vance, despite his numerous accomplishments, remained low-profile until the release of his book, Hillbilly Elegy in June 2016. He also wrote himself in the first pages of the book that he had “accomplished nothing great in life”, but he also declares that he wrote the book because he had” achieved something quite extraordinary.” Vance refers to the fact that he overcame his poor hillbilly roots by writing this and ended up in the Ivy League. He knew very little that the book he wrote would appear at the top of the New York Times bestsellers list in 2016 and 2017.
J. D. Vance Net Worth
As of 2019, Vance’s net worth is between $1 million- 5 million dollars.
J. D. Vance Wife
J.D Vance married her former law school classmate UshaChilukiri. Usha is an Indian-American woman who has worked as law clerk for two former Supreme Court Judges. In the beginning she worked as law clerk for Judge Judge Brett Kavanaugh in 2014. Then she worked for Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts in 2017. Vance has once child a son whose name is Ewan.
J. D. Vance Religion
Vance changed his religion in a Baptism ceremony on August 2019, and converted to Catholicism, in the company of many conservatives like Rod Dehler. Vance shared her views about the decision he has taken to change his religious views. He said in an interview that he always think that Catholicism was true and his belief become stronger with time.