Jenna Bush Hager‘s love story with her longtime husband, Henry Hager, is something out of a romance novel. The Today star and her businessman beau have come a long way since they first met nearly two decades ago.
Before Henry stole the young journalist’s heart in 2004, he had already established himself in politics. At the time, he was working as a staff assistant to the senior advisor at the White House to President George W. Bush, while finishing out his final year at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.
The former first daughter, who had recently graduated from the University of Texas and begun her career as a teacher at the time, met Henry when they both worked at the re-election headquarters for her dad. According to a friend close to the couple, Adam Piper, sparks quickly flew between Jenna and Henry.
“On election day, they were friends,” he once told People, noting the lovebirds spent tons of time together working under the 43rd President of the United States. “By the inauguration, they were an item.”
After they met on the campaign trail, Henry later went on to become a director at private equity company Kohlberg Kravis Roberts. According to the company’s website, “he [served] as the firm’s lead product specialist for the global energy and infrastructure platforms, working closely with the investment professionals to facilitate the global capital raising and asset management activities.”
Following six years with Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, Henry took a job as the managing director at Waterous Energy Fund. Waterous Energy Fund is a private equity firm that invests money in “established oil and gas business,” the website reads.
When he’s not dedicating his time to his job, Henry is the loving father of the couple’s three kids, Margaret, Poppy and Hal. While once gushing over their relationship during a segment on Today, Jenna praised Henry for being the best husband and family man.
“Your love is like the Post-it note with stick figure drawings of ships passing you left for me on the bathroom mirror when I returned home late,” the Sisters First author marveled. “I’d been flying most of the day and I was dehydrated, and thirsty for home, for you — your love is like that note. It is simple and solid and thoughtful.”
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