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What You Need to Know About Josh Kushner, Fiancé of Karlie Kloss

The couple is extremely private.
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After six years of dating, Joshua Kushner and supermodel Karlie Kloss are engaged. The couple announced their big news on Instagram.

“He proposed a few weeks ago during a romantic weekend together in upstate New York," a source told People. “They’re both overjoyed and happily celebrating. Their hearts are full and they’re excited to build their future together.”

The couple has managed to keep their relationship extremely private — in spite of Kloss's high-profile career and Josh's close connection to the White House. Kushner, of course, is the younger sibling of Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law.

Here are nine things you need to know about Josh:

1. HE PROPOSED TO KLOSS AFTER SIX YEARS OF DATING.

The 33-year-old tech entrepreneur proposed to the 25-year-old model and founder of Kode with Klossy in the summer of 2018.

Kloss and Josh rarely speak publicly about their relationship but are often photographed together and post about the relationship on social media. In September 2016, Kloss was spotted hanging out with Jared and Ivanka at the US Open.

In 2013, Kloss told People she liked that her then-boyfriend was “so not in fashion. It’s really refreshing to leave all the fashion shows and shoots and chaos totally behind.”

2. HE'S IN THE TECH WORLD.

In 2012, Josh co-founded Oscar Health, an insurance company aimed at millenials. The much-buzzed-about venture promised to use technology to provide more affordable healthcare options.

"We're trying to build something that's going to turn the industry on its head," Josh said in 2014, according to The New York Times.

Josh was also an early investor in Instagram and founded Thrive Capital, a private equity firm specializing in tech and media investments. "He is known, really, for just working," Internet entrepreneur Kevin Ryan told Esquire. "That's all he does."

3. HE'S A LIFELONG DEMOCRAT.

Although he's never spoken publicly about politics, a rep for Josh told Esquire that he is a lifelong Democrat and would not be voting for Donald Trump. Kloss didn't vote for Trump, either. The model Instagrammed a shot of her filling out her absentee ballot and captioned it #ImWithHer.

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Despite their political differences, the Kushner brothers show no sign of an outward rift. Josh, in fact, works out of Oscar's headquarters in Manhattan's famous Puck Building, which is owned by the Kushner Companies, the family business run by Jared. And in 2017, Josh posted a photo with his brother in the White House.

4. HE GRADUATED BOTH FROM HARVARD COLLEGE AND THE BUSINESS SCHOOL.

He started at the Ivy in 2004 as a government and political science major, and he was the executive editor of the university's Scene magazine. The publication's mission statement was "to portray the events, the people, the passions… that we are all a part of."

During his junior year, Josh started Votsu.com, an online gaming site with a social-networking component. He told Forbes: "I was not the best student in that I was never there. I'd be in Brazil [and Argentina] and fly back for my Thursday classes."

5. HE'S A REAL ESTATE HEIR.

His father is Charles Kushner, a New Jersey real estate developer. Josh said in an interview with Forbes that he spent time with his dad on construction sites instead of at ball games.

"The idea was when everyone is relaxing you should be working," Josh told the outlet. "The ball doesn't come to you."

In 2005, the elder Kushner was convicted of tax evasion and witness tampering and served time in federal prison.

6. THE KUSHNER BROTHERS STARTED A COMPANY TOGETHER.

In 2015, the brothers launched Cadre, a company which perfectly marries their interests: real estate and tech. The venture aims to make it easier for clients to invest in real estate using technology.

The company has been the subject of controversy since Jared joined the administration. In 2017, he failed to include Cadre on a disclosure form — and then profited from it. And earlier this year it was reported that the company benefited from misleading rent filings.

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7. JOSH WAS SPOTTED AT THE WOMEN'S MARCH ON WASHINGTON IN 2017.

Over inauguration weekend, Josh was photographed at the Women's March on Washington, a protest against President Trump. But before you call him an unlikely ally, local D.C. publication, the Washingtonian, reports he told march participants he was there "observing," as opposed to actively protesting.

8. HE ATTENDED THE MARCH FOR OUR LIVES IN WASHINGTON D.C. WITH KLOSS.

In addition to participating in the peaceful protest for gun control, in the days before the March For Our Lives, a demonstration to end gun violence, Josh quietly donated $50,000 to the event, Axios reported. Students who survived the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre in February planned the demonstration, which took place in Washington, D.C. on March 24.

9. JARED REPORTEDLY SOLD ASSETS TO JOSH WHEN HE BECAME SENIOR ADVISOR TO THE PRESIDENT.

A lifelong Democrat, Josh did not support Trump during the election, but he could stand to benefit from his presidency. In order to take on the position of Senior Advisor to the president, Jared Kushner sold many of his assets to his younger brother, and put several others into a trust run by his mother. According to the New York Times, ethicists are concerned about the arrangement, questioning "how meaning the divestiture would be" given that he is not putting his assets into a true blind trust. It also remains to be seen whether Josh's healthcare company Oscar could impact future healthcare legislation overseen by the Trump administration.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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