Tom Steyer is an American billionaire, hedge fund manager, philanthropist, environmentalist, liberal activist and fundraiser. Steyer is the founder and former co-senior-managing-partner of Farallon Capital and the co-founder of Onecalifornia Bank, which became (through merger) Beneficial State Bank, an Oakland-based community development bank. On July 9, 2019, Steyer announced his run for the democratic nomination for President of the United States of America.
Leading up to the 2020 election, the South Carolina Lede is keeping you up to speed on what the candidates are saying on the campaign trail in the Palmetto State with these "Trail Bites" mini-episodes. On this edition for the week of February 13, 2020, host Gavin Jackson sits down with Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer in Chester, South Carolina to talk about his campaign and the New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries.
Democratic Presidential Candidate and Billionaire Progressive Activist Tom Steyer joins Chris to discuss the upcoming New Hampshire Primary and why he would be better nominee that current front-runners Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg.
Businessman and U.S. Presidential candidate Tom Steyer answers questions from voters in New Hampshire during a live town hall moderated by CNN's Dana Bash at Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire. via Knit
Tom Steyer has worked for Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. He made his billions running a hedge fund for decades before moving into progressive activism on causes like democratization, climate change, and impeaching Donald Trump. Now, he is running for president of the United States. Steyer’s primary message on the campaign trial is that we need to get money, lobbyists and corporate influence out of politics. At the same time, he is the living embodiment of much of what he thinks is broken about our system. He used his wealth as a shortcut onto the presidential debate stage and, in doing so, essentially wrote the playbook for any future billionaire who decides they want a shot at winning the highest office in the land. So, is Steyer the solution to our dysfunctional politics -- or is he part of the problem? That question is a lot bigger than Steyer himself. It is about the kinds of people we think will best represent the interests of non-billionaires. It is about the sort of influence we think wealth should have in our society. It is about whether, in our current political moment, we want to trust the arsonists to put out the fires they helped create.I’ll let you decide the answer.Book recommendations: The Holy Bible War and Peace by Leo TolstoyTheir Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale HurstonThe Good Assassin by Paul VidichNew to the show? Want to listen to Ezra's favorite episodes? Check out The Ezra Klein Show beginner's guide.My book is available at, we’ve announced more tour dates! Go to for all the details.Want to contact the show? Reach out at ezrakleinshow@vox.comCredits:Engineer - Cynthia GilProducer - Jeff GeldResearcher - Roge Karma Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Jun 27th, 1957
San Francisco, California, United States of America
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