Steve Hantler is the political strategist and money manger for billionaire co-founder of Home Depot Inc., Bernie Marcus.
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Steven Brian Hantler was born on December 27th, 1952. He has lived in Michigan for most of his life, although he frequently travels for work. He is married and has two adult sons. He worked for Chrysler as Assistant General Counsel for Government and Regulation for many years. He now advises Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus. This includes both managing Marcus’ wealth and strategically deploying capital to various conservative causes and political races.
Steve Hantler is a well known Republican political operative. In addition to facilitating Bernie Marcus’ multi million dollar contributions to Republican candidates, he has personally donated at least $84,499 to various GOP candidates.
Steve Hantler is well connected within right wing political circles. He has personal connections to Billionaire Home Depot Co-Founder Bernie Marcus, Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, Presidential Candidate and Tea Party Activist Herman Cain, Former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens, Republican political strategist Karl Rove, and Billionaire Hedge Fund Manager Robert Mercer.
Estimated Net Worth
While there is no firm data available for Steve Hantler’s net worth, based on his real estate holdings, business interests, work history, and consulting roles, we would estimate his personal net worth to be $4M-$7M.
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Steve Hantler Bio
Steven B. Hantler is Director of Policy Initiatives for The Marcus Family Office in Atlanta, Georgia. In this capacity he advises Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus in the areas of public policy, free enterprise and entrepreneurship, and national security. He joined The Marcus Family Office in 2007 after a 27-year career with Chrysler Corporation.
Mr. Hantler is also a member of the Board of Directors of American Axle and Manufacturing in Detroit, Michigan. Mr. Hantler was elected to the Board of Directors of American Axle in July 2011.
At Chrysler, Mr. Hantler was Assistant General Counsel for Government and Regulation. He brought leadership and innovation to a succession of management roles resulting in reduced costs and better legal outcomes for the Company. Prior to joining Chrysler, he was engaged in the private practice of law.
Mr. Hantler is one of the nation’s leading experts on litigation strategy, crisis management, litigation communications and liability reform. His innovative approach to integrating litigation and communications was featured in CNBC profiles. He is frequently invited to speak at national meetings on crisis management, litigation strategy and communications, and liability reform among other topics. Several of his speeches have been published in Vital Speeches of the Day. His articles have been published by The Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, Chief Executive Magazine, Litigation Management Magazine, Inside Litigation Magazine, and the Examiner Newspapers. His “Guide to State Legal Climates” is published annually by Directorship Magazine.
He is a member of the board of directors of Job Creators Alliance and chairs the board of directors of the Center for America. He previously served as Chair of the Advisory Board of the National Judicial College, as a Senior Fellow at Pacific Research Institute, on the Legal Policy Advisory Board of the Washington Legal Foundation, and on the board of directors of the New York University Law School Center for Labor and Employment.
Gary Sinise Foundation
Advisory Board Member
September 2012 – Present
American Axle & Manufacturing
October 2011 – Present
Marcus Family Office
November 2007 – Present
Assistant General Counsel
January 1981 – October 2007
Education & Credentials
University of Michigan
B.A. Economics, 1975
1971 – 1975
Wayne State University
1975 – 1978