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- Andrea Catsimatidis is a "billionaire heiress," "business bombshell," and chair of the Manhattan Republican Party, according to her Instagram account.
- Catsimatidis is the daughter of John Catsimatidis, the owner of New York City supermarket chain Gristedes Foods. Her father has a net worth of $3.1 billion fortune, according to Forbes.
- For Catsimatidis, the bikini is "an essential accessory to an artifice she has diligently perfected," New York Magazine‘s Olivia Nuzzi wrote.
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In the bio on her Instagram profile, Andrea Catsimatidis lists seven phrases to describe herself, separated by emojis: "billionaire heiress," "business bombshell," "jetsetter," "NYC native," "Manhattan Republican Party Chair," "philanthropist," and "footballer."
Catsimatidis is the daughter of John Catsimatidis, the owner of New York City supermarket chain Gristedes Foods. John has a net worth of $3.1 billion fortune, according to Forbes. Andrea, a 29-year-old New York University graduate, works as an executive at her father’s company when she is not leading Manhattan’s Republican Party, New York Magazine reports.
In January 2019, Catsimatidis was widely criticized for her love of string bikinis after an appearance on CNN to discuss the government shutdown, she said in an interview with New York Magazine‘s Olivia Nuzzi.
Catsimatidis did not respond to a request for comment from Business Insider.
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Andrea Catsimatidis, 29, is a Manhattan native.
Catsimatidis was raised on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue, according to The New York Times. Political figures including the Clintons, Rudy Giuliani, and John Kerry regularly stopped by to discuss public policy with her father in their living room.
Catsimatidis, who goes by "A.J.," went on to earn an undergraduate degree in business from New York University, according to the Times.
Catsimatidis’ father is New York City grocery titan John Catsimatidis.
John is the owner of Gristedes Foods, the largest supermarket chain in New York City, according to Forbes. John entered the grocery business as a part-time cashier while studying at New York University and he purchased his first grocery store in 1969, Forbes reports. He also owns an oil refinery and a radio station, according to Forbes.
John’s net worth is $3.1 billion, Forbes estimates.
John has also demonstrated an interest in politics, launching an unsuccessful bid to become the mayor of New York City in 2013, according to Forbes.
When she was 21, Catsimatidis was briefly married to then 31-year-old Christopher Nixon Cox, a former John McCain staffer and grandson of Richard Nixon, according to New York Magazine.
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"We had so many people to celebrate with us," Catsimatidis told New York Magazine about the 2011 wedding. "Hillary Clinton was at my wedding. We had Henry Kissinger, we had Rudy Giuliani, we had Chuck Schumer. It was a beautiful, bipartisan wedding — everyone had an amazing time."
The couple divorced in 2014, according to New York Magazine.
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