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Democrat, Venture Capitalist, Dating a Super Model: 8 Things You Should Know About the Other Kushner

These days, much has been written about Jared Kushner, husband to Ivanka Trump and soon-to-be special advisor to the president. But there is another Kushner who remains a little more mysterious: Joshua.

Despite his famous family relations – and the fact that he is dating a super model – Joshua has managed to keep a low profile.

Here’s everything we know about the other Kushner.

He is Jared’s younger brother

31-year-old Joshua is the son of Seryl Kushner and prominent real estate developer Charles Kushner. His older brother Jared runs the family real estate empire. They also have two sisters, Dara and Nicole.

Now that Jared is on his way into the White House, CNN has reported that the older Kushner will sell his real estate holdings as well as the New York Observer to a trust controlled by his mother and Joshua.

He didn’t vote for Trump

Joshua Kushner is a lifelong Democrat and in August a spokesperson told Esquire Magazine that while he loves his brother, he won’t be voting for Trump.

He is dating Karlie Kloss

Karlie Kloss has been dating Joshua Kushner for a while now. Image by Getty

Joshua is dating Victoria Secret super model and Taylor Swift’s best buddy, Karlie Kloss. The couple has been together since 2012, and Karlie is rumored to be converting to Judaism for her beau. Before Ivanka married Jared, she also converted to Judaism.

The couple doesn’t speak publicly about their relationships, but they share photos of each other on social media.

four years ago today I met my best friend ⭐️? I love you more everyday.

A photo posted by Karlie Kloss (@karliekloss) on

He went to Harvard

Joshua graduated from Harvard University in 2008 and Harvard Business School in 2011. Journalist Daniel Golden wrote in his book “The Price of Admission” that both Kushner brothers had modest academic records, but were admitted to Harvard after their father donated $2.5 million to the university.

While at Harvard, Joshua founded Vostu, a popular social-gaming platform in Latin America.

He has invested in Instagram

Kushner founded and runs a technology investment firm — Thrive Capital – which among others has financed Instagram, crowdfunding platform Kickstarter and the e-commerce company Thrice has raised almost $ 1.5 billion from investors, including universities like Princeton, Harvard and Yale.

For his work with Thrive, Kushner was named one of Forbes’s 30 under 30 in 2013.


A photo posted by Joshua Kushner (@joshuakushner) on

He might loose a lot of money if Obamacare is repealed

Joshua Kushner is also the co-founder of Oscar Health, a private health insurance company that was founded in 2012 and sells insurances through the Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare.


A photo posted by Joshua Kushner (@joshuakushner) on

In 2016, Oscar was valued at $ 2.7 billion, but the company has been struggling lately. A complete repeal of Obamacare will/would mean bad news for Kushner’s business.

In a blog post called “Our post-election thoughts” Kushner and his co-founder Mario Schlosser wrote “Oscar believes that all Americans deserve healthcare coverage that is high-quality and affordable for everyone. This is both ethically right and economically prudent.”

“The battle to improve American healthcare was never intended to be a speedy endeavor, and will remain critical despite policy changes. We’re in this for the long haul,” they added.

He likes to taking arty photpgraphs

Kushner’s instagram account isn’t overflowing with pictures, but the ones that he does post are artfully arranged and beautiful to look at.

Storm King

A photo posted by Joshua Kushner (@joshuakushner) on

He works with his brother

Despite their (assumed) political differences, the Kushner brothers still work together. In 2015, they founded a company called Cadre that is a marriage of their interests: A technology firm that helps client invest in real estate.

Lilly Maier is a news intern at the Forward. Reach her at [email protected] or on Twitter at @lillymmaier


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