Paul Pelosi

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Paul Pelosi
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Pelosi in 2022
Paul Francis Pelosi

(1940-04-15) April 15, 1940 (age 82)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
EducationGeorgetown University (BS)
New York University (MBA)
(m. 1963)
Children5, including Christine and Alexandra
RelativesRon Pelosi (brother)

Paul Francis Pelosi Sr. (born April 15, 1940) is an American businessman who owns and operates Financial Leasing Services, Inc., a San Francisco-based real estate and venture capital investment and consulting firm. He was the owner of the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League.[1] He is married to the U.S. House speaker, Nancy Pelosi.

Early life

Pelosi was born and raised in San Francisco, the youngest in a family of three boys.[2] His father was John Pelosi, a wholesale druggist.[3] He attended St. Ignatius High School[3] and graduated from Malvern Preparatory School in Pennsylvania.[4][5] He earned a bachelor of science (BS) in foreign service at Georgetown University, during which he met his future wife, Nancy D'Alesandro, who was attending a Roman Catholic women's college, Trinity College, in Washington, D.C.[6] He earned an MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University. He has been the chair of the Foreign Service Board at Georgetown since 2009.[7][8]


Pelosi founded and runs the venture capital firm Financial Leasing Services, through which he and his wife have a personal fortune of about $114 million.[9][10]

Having previously invested in the Oakland Invaders of the United States Football League, he purchased the California Redwoods, a franchise in the United Football League, for $12 million in 2009.[7] The Redwoods later moved to Sacramento to become the Sacramento Mountain Lions.

Personal life

Pelosi married Nancy Pelosi (née D'Alesandro), the 52nd Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, on September 7, 1963, at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore, Maryland.[11] They have five children including Christine and Alexandra.

In May 2022, Pelosi was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol in Napa County after crashing his vehicle into another vehicle at an intersection.[12][13][14][13] He was released on $5,000 bail,[15] and was later formally charged with misdemeanor DUI causing injury.[16][17] Pelosi pleaded not guilty in August 2022.[18]

The incident renewed attention on a car accident Pelosi had as a minor in 1957, in which his older brother died. A jury exonerated Pelosi of misdemeanor manslaughter charges.[14]


  1. ^ Young, George H. (August 6, 2012). "Sacramento Mountain Lions Bring UFL Action to Raley Field". Sacramento Press.
  2. ^ Pelosi, Nancy (2008). Know Your Power: A Message to America's Daughters. New York: Anchor Books. p. 46. ISBN 978-0-385-52586-2.
  3. ^ a b "Youth Killed in Crash; Neck Brace Blamed". San Francisco Examiner. February 23, 1957.
  4. ^ Sandalow, Marc (2008). Madame Speaker. New York: Modern Times. p. 37. ISBN 978-1-59486-807-8.
  5. ^ "Paul Pelosi Will Marry in the East". San Francisco Chronicle. May 27, 1963. p. 20.
  6. ^ Salmon, Stephanie. 10 Things You Didn't Know About Nancy Pelosi, US News and World Report, November 7, 2006.
  7. ^ a b Carpenter, Les (October 17, 2009). "Paul Pelosi, Husband of House Speaker, Takes His Shot at Football". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 3, 2019.
  8. ^ "Board of Advisors". Georgetown University. Retrieved January 3, 2019.
  9. ^ "Open Secrets | Nancy Pelosi". Open Secrets. Dow Jones Newswires. June 17, 2003. Retrieved June 8, 2020.
  10. ^ "Nancy Pelosi". Retrieved December 9, 2019.
  11. ^ McManus, Margaret (February 4, 1995). "Baltimore-bred lawmaker lives, breathes politics". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved December 10, 2011.
  12. ^ Schonfeld, Zach (May 29, 2022). "Husband of Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrested for DUI in California". The Hill. Retrieved May 29, 2022.
  13. ^ a b Kilander, Gustaf; John, Bowden (May 30, 2022). "House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's husband arrested for DUI after crash in Napa". The Independent.
  14. ^ a b Bernstein, Jacob; Secon, Holly (June 22, 2022). "Nancy Pelosi's Napa: Wealthy Friends and a Husband's Porsche Crash". The New York Times. Retrieved July 19, 2022.
  15. ^ Ruggiero, Diane; Fox, Lauren (May 30, 2022). "Pelosi's husband charged with DUI". CNN. Retrieved June 3, 2022.
  16. ^ "DUI with Injury Charges Filed Against Paul Pelosi by District Attorney's Office" (Press release). Napa County District Attorney's Office. June 23, 2022. Retrieved July 20, 2022.
  17. ^ Trimble, Megan (June 23, 2022). "Paul Pelosi charged with DUI with injury". CNN. Retrieved July 20, 2022.
  18. ^ Wang, Amy B (August 3, 2022). "Paul Pelosi, husband of House speaker, pleads not guilty to DUI charges". Washington Post. Retrieved August 4, 2022.

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