Helle Thorning-Schmidt is a former Danish politician who led the Social Democratic Party during 2005 - 2015 and served as Denmark's 26th Prime Minister during 2011 - 2015.
Helle Thorning-Schmidt first worked as an assistant. She announced her resignation as Prime Minister of Denmark and Leader of the Social Democratic Party after the defeat in 2015.
Helle Thorning-Schmidt left politics in April 2016 and worked as the CEO of the non-profit Save the Children till June 2019. Thorning-Schmidt served in the Danish Parliament during 1999 - 2004 before being elected to the Danish Parliament in 2005.
Helle thorning Schmidt's net worth is $2 million as of 2022.
Helle Thorning schmidt is 5 ft 7 in (175 cm) tall.
Helle Thorning Schmidt is 55 years old as of 2022.
Helle Thorning-Schmidt was born in Rodovre, Denmark, to Holger Thorning-Schmidt, a University of Copenhagen lecturer in national economics and mathematics, and his wife, Grete. Her dad was a staunch conservative, and she grew up in the Ishøj neighborhood of Copenhagen. She received her diploma from Ishøj Gymnasium in 1985. When Helle Thorning-Schmidt was 10 years old, her parents split. Helle Thorning-Schmidt earned a cand.scient.pol. Degree in political science from the University of Copenhagen in 1994. She also possesses a master's degree in European studies focusing on policy and public management from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. Denmark had a quota of one student at this renowned institution, which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs supervised at the time, and Thorning-Schmidt was chosen. Helle Thorning-Schmidt speaks fluent English and French in addition to her native Danish. During her studies in Belgium, she became a social democrat and joined the Social Democratic Party in 1993.
Helle Thorning-Schmidt married Welsh politician Stephen Kinnock in 1996, making her the daughter-in-law of Neil Kinnock, the former Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the British Labour Party, and Glenys Kinnock, the former British Minister for Europe. Helle Thorning-Schmidt met her spouse at the College of Europe when they were both students. Johanna and Milo, their daughters, are their only children. Thorning-Schmidt and her children lived in Copenhagen, while her husband worked part-time as a director for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. He worked as managing director for the Global Leadership And Technology Exchange for London-based Xyntéo in 2012. Still, he was elected Member Of Parliament (MP) for Aberavon in the 2015 United Kingdom general election. Helle Thorning-Schmidt became CEO of Save The Children, the family has been based in Kilburn, London, visiting Kinnock's seat in Port Talbot. Helle Thorning-Schmidt has also campaigned for her husband and the Labour Party in the United Kingdom.
Helle Thorning-Schmidt became Prime Minister of Denmark in 2011 after serving as the Danish Social Democratic Party leader. Helle Thorning-Schmidt also served in the European Union Parliament for five years and the Danish Parliament for six years.
Thorning-Schmidt was the secretary of the Danish Social Democratic delegation in the European Parliament from 1994 until 1997. After her tenure in Brussels, she worked as an international consultant for the Danish Confederation of Trade Unions until she was elected MEP in 1999. As a European Socialist People's Party member, Thorning-Schmidt served in the government and was elected to the European Parliament. She was one of the members of the Employment and Social Committee and a substitute on the Constitutional Committee during her five-year service. She is the co-founder of the Campaign for Parliament Reform. She also had to deal with many controversies, including a cabinet appointee's, security difficulties, and sexual misconduct by senior Social Democrats. Worse, her husband, the World Economic Forum's director, who worked in the organization's offices in Switzerland during the week and joined Thorning-Schmidt and their two kids in Copenhagen on weekends, had not paid any income tax in Denmark. Even though tax authorities exonerated Kinnock, the public reaction in Denmark was massive. The incident drew attention to the couple's separations which Thorning-Schmidt categorically denied. Despite her declining popularity, Thorning-Schmidt weathered the storm in her political career with a toughness that enraged many who considered her effete and dubbed her 'Gucci Helle' because of her taste in fashion.
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