Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, has been surrounded by controversy since his father became the 46th President of the United States. The subject of his career has been a hot topic since then, with many questioning how he has managed to find success despite his father’s influence.
The truth is, Hunter Biden has benefited greatly from his father’s political connections throughout his career. From using his father’s name in order to land jobs to more recently profiting from lucrative foreign business deals that gained the attention of Congress and the media, Hunter Biden has undeniably capitalized on his familial ties.
One of the most controversial and widely reported career moves was Hunter’s work for the Ukrainian energy firm, Burisma Holdings. Joe Biden had just become the vice president when Hunter was appointed to the board of Burisma, and while there is no evidence that Joe Biden was directly involved in this decision, the timing of the two events raises questions.
Hunter Biden’s role within Burisma was relatively small, but the publicity surrounding his new job drew attention from the media and Congress. An ongoing investigation by the Senate Finance Committee is investigating possible unethical business dealings while Hunter Biden was at Burisma.
Other than his stint at Burisma, Hunter Biden has also cashed in on his father’s name in more traditional ways. Before his work in Ukraine, Hunter held positions with several highly influential organizations in the US.
For example, in 2013 he worked as a consultant for the private equity and lobbying firm Rosemont Seneca and he served on the board of a financial firm, Paradigm Global Advisors, from 2013 to 2017.
The Senate Finance Committee is also investigating payments made from foreign sources to Hunter Biden during his time working for Rosemont.
Along with his work in business, Hunter Biden has also found success in his personal pursuits. He has written books, produced films and even lent his family’s name to a wine brand.
It’s safe to say that Hunter Biden’s career has been heavily reliant on his father’s name. Whether this is fair or not is up for debate. But, one thing is certain, it has been undeniably successful.