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Senior Counselor to the President Steve Bannon helps with last minute preparations before President Donald Trump announces his decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement at the White House June 1, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Who is Steve Bannon? Stephen K. Bannon (b. Nov. 27, 1953) is a media executive, filmmaker, and political figure who was the executive chairman of Breitbart News and served as the campaign strategist and White House chief strategist for Donald Trump.

What was Steve Bannon’s role in the Trump administration? Steve Bannon served as Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign strategist from August 2016 until Trump won the election in November 2016. During the presidential transition, Bannon was named Trump’s White House chief strategist, a position he held until August 2017.

What was Steve Bannon’s role at Breitbart News? Steve Bannon served as the executive chairman of Breitbart News from 2012 to August 2016, when he accepted a position as campaign strategist for Donald Trump. Financial disclosure forms released by the Trump administration in early 2017 revealed that Bannon was not an owner of Breitbart News.

How much is Steve Bannon’s net worth? According to financial disclosure forms released by the Trump administration in spring of 2017, Steve Bannon is worth between $9.5 million and $48 million. The disclosures indicate that a majority of Bannon’s wealth is held in real estate, his consulting firm, Bannon Strategic Advisors (worth between $5 and $25 million), and his film company, Bannon Film Industries (worth between $1 million and $5 million). Steve Bannon also receives an undisclosed amount in royalties from his stake in the hit television series Seinfeld, which he acquired when he helped negotiate the sale of the show’s production company Castle Rock Entertainment to Ted Turner. Steve Bannon began his career as an investment banker for Goldman Sachs before opening his own office, Bannon & Co.

What is Steve Bannon’s political views? Steve Bannon’s political views are generally described as populist and anti-globalist, promoting isolationism and protectionism. He became widely associated with the alt-right in 2016 after labeling Breitbart News "the platform for the alt-right." In an August 2017 interview, Bannon denounced ethno-nationalism and dismissed the "losers" who embrace it as a "fringe element." 

What films has Steve Bannon produced? Steve Bannon has produced and directed several films. After helping to produce two feature films, Indian Runner (1991) and Titus (1999), Bannon largely focused on documentaries, including nine which he directed. Bannon’s documentaries usually center around political, ideological, or religious themes and figures, including Ronald Reagan, Sarah Palin, Barack Obama, and Occupy Wall Street.  

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