Quick Facts of Doug Burgum
- Full NameDoug Burgum
- Birth NameDouglas James Burgum
- Date of BirthAugu /st / 1
- Birth CountryUnited States
- Sexual OrientationStraight
- ProfessionEntrepreneur, philanthropist and politician
- SpouseKathryn Helgaas m. 2016
Douglas James Burgum a.k.a. Doug Burgum is an American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and politician who is currently serving as the 33rd governor of North Dakota, a position, he held since 15th December 2016. Besides, he is a member of the Republican Party.
With no formal political experience, Burgum won against Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem in the primary election to have the Republican nomination. Further, he faced Libertarian Marty Riske and Democrat Marvin Nelson during the November general election and won with over 75% of the vote.
Considered America’s best entrepreneurial governer, Doug Burgum has a unique background in software and venture capital. In 1983, he joined Great Plains Software and later became its president. In 2001, he sold the company to Microsoft for $1.1 billion further becomoing the head of Microsoft Business Solutions.
What’s more, he founded Kilbourne Group, a Fargo-based real-estate development company. Also, he is a co-founder of Arthur Ventures.
However, he has refused to disclose his net worth. Besides, his salary serving as a governors is reported $100,000, per annum.
Aforementioned, Burhum has married twice. He first tied the knot with Karne Stoker in 1991. The couple shared three children. In 2003, they divorced, however, the reason is unknown to date.
Later, he met a lady named Kathryn Helgaas at Great Plains. They didn’t start dating until 2006. After a decade, in 2016 August, the couple got engaged and tied the knot n 25th November in a small, formal ceremony at a centuries-old estate.
His wife, Kathryn Helgaas became First Lady on December 15, 2016, when he took a position of the 33rd Governor of North Dakota.
As First Lady, Kathryn’s is supporting and developing initiatives to eliminate the stigma of the chronic disease of addiction in North Dakota’s communities. Moreover, her 25-year career in human resources and marketing has spanned industries, including biotechnology, retail, software, real estate development, manufacturing, and agriculture.
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Early Years & Education
Arthur, North Dakota native, Doug Burgum was born on 1st August 1956, under the star sign Leo. He holds an American nationality and belongs to the white ethnic background. He was rasied in his hometown where his grandfather founded a grain elevator in 1906.
He enrolled at North Dakota State University and earned his undergraduate degree in 1978. At that time, he also commenced a chimney-sweeping business.
After, he was accepted to join Stanford University Graduate School of Business to study business, here, he befriended Steve Ballmer, who would later be CEO of Microsoft. Further, during his last year at University, he spent the whole final quarter on a project team with Ballmer.
In 1980, he received his MBA degree and later earned honorary doctorates from North Dakota State in 2000 and from the University of Mary in 2006.
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