George Santos is the Republican Candidate for New York’s 3rd Congressional District.
Born in Jackson Heights, Queens to immigrant parents, George Santos grew up in a tight-knit Queens family. His mother Fatima Devolder was born in Brazil to Belgian immigrants that fled the devastation of World War II Europe. His father Junior Santos also grew up in Brazil. Each emigrated to the United States as young adults, where they met, married and started a family.
Having grown up in a variety of north Queens neighborhoods, George went to elementary school at PS 122 in Astoria, then attended IS 125 in Sunnyside. He began Horace Mann preparatory school in the Bronx, but did not graduate from Horace Mann due to financial difficulties for his family; he obtained a GED during his senior year. He went on to earn a dual Bachelors’ in Economics and Finance from Baruch College.
After graduating, George began working at Citigroup as an associate and quickly advanced to the role of associate asset manager in the real asset division of the firm. George later joined LinkBridge Investors, rapidly progressing to become one of the youngest vice presidents in the industry. George is currently the Regional Director of Harbor City Capital where he oversees the firm’s expansion within the private wealth side of the business.
George Anthony was instilled with a passion for philanthropy from an early age. His mother, who passed away in 2016, believed strongly in sharing with people less fortunate and never forgot the basic principles of why her family fled from Europe to Brazil, and why she then emigrated to America looking for a better life. She founded an institution in Brazil to help over 300 impoverished families gain access to basic necessities, providing non-perishable food monthly over a period of 18 years.