Dianne Feinstein, the oldest senator in the US and the most tenured senator from California, died at the age of 90. She reportedly had several health problems lately.
Feinstein was a well-known figure in American politics who had previously expressed a wish to step down from her position at the conclusion of her term. Her exact cause of death has not yet been established.
She was married to investment banker Richard C. Blum. Prior to marrying Blum, she had two marriages. Feinstein married Jack Berman in 1956, but they split in 1959. She then married Bertram Feinstein in 1962, tragically he died in 1978 who died of colon cancer.
Who was Richard C. Blum?
Richard Charles Blum was an accomplished American investor and the spouse of United States Senator Dianne Feinstein. He held the positions of chairman and president at Blum Capital, an equity investment management firm. He also sat on the boards of a number of businesses, such as CB Richard Ellis, where he reigned as chairman until May 2009.
In 1958, he graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in economics. The following year, in 1959, he attended the University of Vienna to receive his MBA.
Blum began a lucrative career in investment banking upon his return to the country, earning expertise at a number of companies until founding Blum Capital in 1979. The company prospered, managing assets worth more than $2.5 billion.
In addition to his business interests, Blum showed a strong dedication to charitable and civic initiatives. He established and served as chairman of the American Himalayan Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to delivering relief to Tibet and Nepal. Blum served on the boards of the Wilderness Society and the World Wildlife Fund, respectively.
Blum was nominated by Governor Gray Davis to the Board of Regents of the University of California in 2002. He rendered distinguished service over two decades, including two periods as chairman. He died in 2022 after suffering from cancer.