Everything you need to know about Clay Pell, his marriage and divorce to Olympic medalist Michelle Phan, his assets, income and net worth.
To those who see the glass half-empty, Clay Pell may be considered unlucky in career and love. He was unsuccessful in his 2014 run for Rhode Island Governor. His 4-year marriage to Olympic medallist Michelle Kwan also just ended. Yet these setbacks are no hindrance to Clay, who has extensive experience in public service and deep appreciation for international studies. Read all about the man who has an unfamiliar face, but whose name rings a bell: Clay Pell.
|FULL NAME||Herbert Claiborne Pell IV|
|REAL NAME||Herbert Claiborne Pell IV|
|ALIAS / KNOWN AS||Clay Pell|
|DATE OF BIRTH||17 November 1981|
|BIRTH PLACE||Tucson, Arizona|
|CURRENT RESIDENCE||Providence, Rhode Island|
|PARENTS||Herbert C. Pell III and Eugenia Stillman Diehl|
|GRANDPARENTS||Senator Claiborne Pell and Nuala Pell|
|EDUCATION||Harvard University and Georgetown University
Stanford Graduate School of Business
|OCCUPATION||Attorney / U.S Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander|
|POLITICAL PARTY||Democratic Party|
|LINKED IN PROFILE||https://www.linkedin.com/in/clay-pell-bb18484|
|TRIVIA||Clay Pell can speak English, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese and Arabic|
CLAY PELL NET WORTH
|ESTIMATED NET WORTH IN 2020||$1 Million – $5 Million|
|PREVIOUS YEAR’S NET WORTH (2019)||$500,000 – $1 Million|
|ANNUAL INCOME||Approximately $500,000 to $1 Million|
|INCOME SOURCE||Being an Attorney and US Coast Guard Lieutenant / Stocks|
|HOW MUCH DOES CLAY PELL EARN AS COAST GUARD LIEUTENANT?||Approximately $110,000|
HOW DOES CLAY PELL EARN INCOME?
Clay Pell is a Lieutenant for the US Coast Guard. Glassdoor states that US Coast Guard Lieutenant earns up to $127,000. With his years of experience and being top of his class, we can assume that Clay’s income is in the upper bracket of the range.
He also has a Juris Doctor degree, the highest law degree one can obtain in the United States. As a practicing attorney with a JD, we can assume that Clay Pell averages a salary of $150,000 a year.
CLAY PELL ASSETS
When Clay Pell ran for the position of Rhode Island Governor in 2014, he was required to disclose his assets. At the time, he reported owning at least $5,000 worth of 83 stocks or at least $415,000 from Apple, Microsoft, Family Dollar, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Philip Morris, among many others.
Clay also listed himself as a co-trustee of a life insurance trust in his late father’s name and a marital trust in his parents’ names.
When he married Michelle Kwan in 2013, they purchased a four-bedroom, 100 year-old style villa for $1.5 Million. After their divorce, Michelle Kwan took sole ownership of the villa and sold it for $3.99 Million.
HOW OLD IS CLAY PELL?
Clay Pell was born on the 17th of November 1981. Born under the astrological sign of Scorpio, he is currently 38 years and 6 months old.
CLAY PELL EDUCATION
Clay Pell is no stranger to studying. He graduated high school from The Thacher School in the year 2000. Founded in 1889, The Thacher School is a selective, independent boarding school located in Ojai, California. It started as a boys’ school and is now the oldest co-ed boarding school in California.
In 1999, he attended the School Year Abroad’s schools in Zaragoza, Spain, and in 2001, the schools in Beijing, China. Based in Massachusetts, the School Year Abroad offers year-long study abroad programmes for American high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to Spain, Italy, France and China.
He then attended Harvard College and graduated with high honours and a bachelor’s degree in Social Studies in 2005. Clay Pell then went on to attend Georgetown University Law Center with a Juris Doctor degree in 2008. A Juris Doctor degree is the highest law degree in the United States.
At the time of writing, Clay is currently attending the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he is featured as a current class of 2020 student.
CLAY PELL AND FOREIGN LANGUAGES
Due to this vast global education and experience, Clay Pell speaks four languages: English, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, and Arabic.
In 2013, the United States Department of Education appointed Clay Pell as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of International and Foreign Language Education. This role lasted 6 months. While he was fulfilling that role, he was interviewed by Language Magazine, who called him ‘the nation’s new language czar’. When asked how he learned all these languages, Clay answered, “I studied Spanish first in elementary school, then both Spanish and Chinese as an exchange student in high school. I began studying Arabic in college and have continued ever since.”
CLAY PELL AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
Clay’s support and advocacy for foreign language education and cultural proficiency has been recognised. In 2014, the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages presented him with its Advocacy Award. Clay Pell’s grandfather, the late former American Senator Claiborne Pell received the same award in 1988.
WHERE DOES CLAY PELL LIVE?
Although Cay Pell was born in Tucson, Arizona, he currently resides in Rhode Island.
CLAY PELL AND CLAIBORNE PELL
Clay Pell is the grandson of the late Claiborne Pell, a U.S Senator from Rhode Island who served six terms from 1961 to 1997. He sponsored the 1972 bill that reformed the Basic Educational Opportunity Grant. This grant provides financial aid and funding to American college students.
Because of this, The Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy at Salve Regina University in Rhode Island was created in honour of the Senator. Senator Claiborne Pell is the longest serving U.S Senator from Rhode Island.
CLAY PELL FAMILY, CHILDHOOD AND INFLUENCE
Clay Pell grew up exposed to politics. His grandparents were Senator Claiborne Pell (who served as a Senator from 1961 to 1997) and Nuala Pell, the granddaughter of George Huntington Hartford, founder of A&P grocery chain.
Clay’s father, Herbert Claiborne Pell III, was not involved in politics but worked as Vice President of the Valley National Bank and served as a U.S Coast Guard.
In 2014, Clay Pell was interviewed as a Gubernatorial candidate on The Rhode Show, where he said that growing up, he witnessed what his grandfather was able to do and saw that one could really make a difference in people’s lives (being in politics).
CLAY PELL CAREER
When Clay Pell was campaigning for his run for the 2014 Rhode Island Gubernatorial elections, he was described as having a familiar name but unknown face. He may not have a rich experience in politics but he certainly has an extensive background being a public servant.
Clay Pell joined the United States Coast Guard in 2009 and graduated first in his class. He was on active duty as a judge advocate from 2009 to 2011, and is currently a lieutenant commander and judge advocate in the United States Coast Guard Reserve.
From 2011 to 2012, Clay Pell served the Obama Administration as a White House Fellow as he worked as Director for Strategic Planning on the National Security Staff.
In 2013, his support for foreign language and cultural proficiency was celebrated with an Advocacy Award in 2014. He also served 6 months as Deputy Secretary of the Office of International and Foreign Language Education in the United States Department of Education.
In 2014, he unsuccessfully ran for Rhode Island Governor, placing third out of five.
CLAY PELL 2014 CANDIDATE FOR RHODE ISLAND GOVERNOR
In January of 2014, Clay Pell gave a 25-minute speech to formally announce his plan to be a Democratic candidate for Governor of Rhode Island.
In his speech, Clay Pell says, “I have the values, the skills and the experience to lead our state to a better future.”
The general election took place on the 4th of November 2014. Clay Pell placed 3rd (out of 4 candidates), getting 26.9% of votes. Gina Raimondo, who received 42.1% of the votes, won the title of Governor of Rhode Island for that election.
CLAY PELL POLITIFACT
Politifact is a non-profit project operated by the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida. It is a fact-checking website that has its own Truth-O-Meter, where they rate the accuracy of claims made by elected or running officials, and others.
Clay Pell’s Politifact account shows that out of three statements he released in public, two were considered “Mostly True” and one was considered to be “Half-True”.
CLAY PELL AND MICHELLE KWAN MARRIAGE
Their wedding was attended by 250 guests and held at the First Unitarian Church in Providence. The then-32-year old bride wore a Vera Wang gown while Clay Pell wore his complete Coast Guard Lieutenant uniform.
Their marriage lasted 4 years.
HOW DID CLAY PELL AND MICHELLE KWAN MEET?
Clay Pell and Michelle Kwan met on April of 2011. Clay Pell recalls that they were both attending a job interview for the same position. Michelle Kwan tells the Daily Mail, “I never was one who believed in love at first sight, but I have to admit it happened for us. I felt there was a magnetic connection between us. I thought he was the one from the beginning.”
They were engaged a year and five months after their meeting. Clay Pell proposed on Block Island, off the coast of Rhode Island. He says, “It was amazing from the beginning how in sync our way of thinking is, our basic values and sense of priorities.”
Both of them share the same interest and involvement in politics. Michelle Kwan ventured into politics after her retirement from figure skating. She worked on Hilary Clinton’s 2016 campaign. On top of his unsuccessful run for Governor of Rhode Island, Clay Pell worked as director of strategic planning on the national security staff for the Obama White House administration.
CLAY PELL AND MICHELLE KWAN DIVORCE
In March of 2017, four years after their marriage, Clay Pell filed for divorce from Michelle Kwan, citing irreconcilable differences as reason.
Michelle Kwan claims she learned about Clay’s divorce filing via a tweet without any warning.
According to Michelle, the pair had started to discuss the possibility of a divorce in November of 2016 and have been living in separate homes
Clay Pell’s official statement about their divorce: “It is with deep regret that I share that Michelle and my marriage is coming to an end. This is a sad and difficult turn of events for our family. I love Michelle and wish her the very best as her life takes her in a new direction.”