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Thomas Friedman Height, Weight, Age, Facts, Wife, Family

Thomas Friedman Quick Info
Height 5 ft 11 in
Weight 78 kg
Date of Birth July 20, 1953
Zodiac Sign Cancer
Eye Color Dark Brown

Thomas Friedman is an American political commentator, author, producer, and director who is a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner and has served as a weekly columnist for The New York Times.

Born Name

Thomas Loren Friedman

Nick Name

Thomas

Thomas Friedman as seen in 2005
Thomas Friedman as seen in 2005 (Charles Haynes / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0 DEED)

Sun Sign

Cancer

Born Place

Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States

Residence

New York City, New York, United States

Nationality

American

 

Education

Until his Bar Mitzvah, Thomas Friedman studied at a Hebrew school five days a week. He then enrolled at St. Louis Park High School located in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, and wrote articles for his school’s newspaper.

After that, he attended the University of Minnesota for 2 years before transferring to Brandeis University, from where he graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Mediterranean studies in 1975. He also attended The American University in Cairo and studied Arabic, graduating from its Arabic language unit (ALU) in 1974. Later on, he joined St Antony’s College at the University of Oxford as a Marshall Scholar and received an M.Phil. degree in Middle Eastern studies.

Occupation

Political Commentator, Author, Producer, Director

Family

  • Father – Harold Abe Friedman (Served as the who was vice president of a ball bearing company called “United Bearing”) (Died of a heart attack in 1973)
  • Mother – Margaret Blanche (née Phillips) (Served in the United States Navy during World War II, Homemaker, Part-time Bookkeeper, Studied Home Economics at the University of Wisconsin, A Senior Life Master duplicate bridge player) (Died in 2008)
  • Siblings – Shelly (Older Sister), Jane (Older Sister)
  • Others – Solomon Friedman/Freidman (Paternal Grandfather), Sarah Chaya Caplan (Paternal Grandmother), Benjamin Phillips (Maternal Grandfather), Rose Kapitznakoff (Maternal Grandmother), Matthew Bucksbaum (Father-In-Law) (Real Estate Developer, Businessperson, Philanthropist), Carolyn “Kay” Swartz (Mother-In-Law), John Bucksbaum (Brother-In-Law) (Businessperson, Has served as the founder and chairperson of Bucksbaum Retail Properties, LLC.)

Build

Average

Thomas Friedman (Left) as seen with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in 2017
Thomas Friedman (Left) as seen with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in 2017 (U.S. Department of State / Flickr / Public Domain)

Height

5 ft 11 in or 180.5 cm

Weight

78 kg or 172 lbs

Girlfriend / Spouse

Thomas Friedman has dated –

  1. Ann Bucksbaum (1978-Present) – He married Ann Bucksbaum in 1978 and the duo has been blessed with 2 daughters named Orly Friedman (b. 1985) and Natalie Friedman (b. 1988).

Race / Ethnicity

White

Thomas Friedman is of Ashkenazi Jewish descent.

Hair Color

Salt and Pepper

Eye Color

Dark Brown

Sexual Orientation

Straight

Distinctive Features

Sports a mustache

Religion

Judaism

Thomas Friedman as seen at the Annual Meeting 2013 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in January 2013
Thomas Friedman as seen at the Annual Meeting 2013 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in January 2013 (World Economic Forum / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0 DEED)

Thomas Friedman Favorite Things

  • SongsHeavenly Day by Patty Griffin, Thurder Road by Bruce Springsteen, Hallejulah by Leonard Cohen, Help Yourself by Sad Brad Smith

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Thomas Friedman Facts

  1. He was 19 years old at the time of his father’s demise.
  2. Ever since he was a child, he wanted to become a professional golfer as his father used to often take him to the golf course for a round after work. After playing a number of sports, he became serious about tennis and golf and caddied at a local country club as well as caddied for professional golfer Chi Chi Rodriguez as the US Open came to his town in 1970.
  3. In December 1968, Thomas Friedman visited Israel and became deeply interested in the place and he subsequently spent all three of his high school summers living in Kibbutz HaHotrim, near Haifa. He later described his high school years as “one big celebration of Israel’s victory in the Six-Day War.”
  4. In 2006, he taught a class in economics at Brandeis University and was a commencement speaker at the university the following year.
  5. Friedman’s bibliography consists of From Beirut to JerusalemThe Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding GlobalizationLongitudes and Attitudes: Exploring the World After September 11, That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back, and Thank You for Being Late: Finding a Job, Running a Country, and Keeping Your Head in an Age of Accelerations.

Featured Image by Charles Haynes / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0 DEED

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