The new man in Hope Hicks’ life, Goldman Sachs executive Jim Donovan, comes with family baggage, DailyMail.com can reveal, just as her previous lover, White House Secretary Rob Porter.
JDonovan, 53, a father-of-four, and the former White House communications director have been pictured together by DailyMail.com repeatedly over the past three months.
But as with her previous lover Porter, her relationship with Donovan could prove complicated – not least of all because of his ex-wife Christina, 48, and their four children.
In 2005 Donovan’s own father dragged him to court claiming his son had hired a Russian hitman to kill him.
Hope Hicks and Jim Donovan were first spotted canoodling in DC in January, then in LA in February and then again since her move back to D.C. last week where they picked up take-out. He lost the leg brace but was still on crutches
Donovan’s father, MIT professor John Donovan, dragged him to court in Massachusetts where he claimed his son had hired a Russian hitman to kill him in 2005
Donovan’s father John, 78, a former MIT professor and millionaire tech entrepreneur, had been embroiled in a long-running dispute with Donovan and his siblings over a trust fund worth hundreds of millions and 68-acre estate in Long Shore, Massachusetts.
In a drama worthy of a true crime movie, John Donovan falsely accused his son of hiring a hitman to kill him.
In court, Jim Donovan testified that his father called him a demon, and said he should be careful because he had young children and a lot to lose.
The father warned: ‘I will ruin you,’ Jim Donovan said.
John was found to have shot himself in the stomach and filing a false police report.
Relations soured further after Donovan and his siblings attempted to take control of property put in trust for them by their father.
John went on to accuse Donovan of laundering $180million through unlawful trading of restricted stock but he was cleared by Goldman Sachs after testifying against his father in court in 2007.
In October 2016, the pair returned to court again following the death of Donovan’s brother John Jr, this time in a dispute over land he had owned jointly with his father.
According to records held by the Suffolk County Probate and Family court, the case was finally closed the following October.
Despite his troubled family life, Donovan’s career has proved hugely successful with the 53-year-old instrumental in building up Goldman’s private wealth management unit.
Records held in Warrenton, Virginia, show that James Donovan filed for divorce against his wife Christina on January 23, 2019
Massachusetts native Donovan, 53, has four children, two girls and two boys, with estranged wife Christina, 48, a physical therapist. The family is pictured here together in a photo posted in February, 2018. They are members of the Piedmont Fox Hounds Hunt Club in Upperville, Virginia
Hope Hicks is in love again – and spent a weekend last month with Donovan in Los Angeles, DailyMailTV can exclusively reveal. The former Trump aide, who is due to return to the White House this month, enjoyed a string of romantic outings with him (pictured together in January)
On the weekend of February 21, Donovan paid her a visit in LA, turning up on crutches and in a leg brace (pictured). He was all smiles with his younger girlfriend as they went for dinner with friends at Mr Chow
Donovan appears to be one of the reasons for the cross-country move – with the pair first spotted canoodling in D.C. in January. They were seen at salad joint Sweetgreen in March after she returned to the capital
One of his clients was Bain Capital, a private equity firm set up by Mitt Romney who later hired Donovan as an adviser during his 2012 presidential campaign.
He later went on to work on Jeb Bush’s failed 2016 attempt to become the Republican presidential nominee, but was nominated for the number two job at the Treasury by President Trump the following year.
Two months after his nomination, Donovan pulled out citing family concerns. In a statement released at the time, he said: ‘I am deeply honored by President Trump’s decision to nominate me as Deputy Secretary of the U.S Department of the Treasury.
‘However at this time, I want to focus on my family, and I can no longer accept it. I hope to be able to serve this administration in the future and fully support President Trump and Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s ongoing work to reform the tax system and the U.S economy.’
Donovan is a father of two sons and two daughters with hsi ex-wife Christina, 48.
Records held in Fauquier County Circuit Court in Warrenton, Virginia, show that Donovan filed for divorce against Christina on January 23, 2019. But the judge sealed all documents in the case including the date when the divorce was finalized.
Donovan’s physical therapist ex is thought to be living in the former family home in Upperville, Virgina.
During their marriage, the pair were known for their philanthropy – even setting up a joint foundation to fund cancer research.
Both are also members of the Piedmont Fox Hounds hunt club and are pictured riding to hounds with their children in a photo posted on Christi’s Facebook page in February 2018.
Like Hicks herself, both Donovan and Christina are keen on fitness. She has been photographed swimming and is known to be a runner.
Along with his role at Goldman Sachs, where he has worked since 1993, Donovan is an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia where he teaches corporate strategy and team management.
The pair spent their nights at Hicks’ apartment with neither emerging until the following morning when the 31-year-old was seen strolling up to her local branch of WholeFoods to pick up breakfast. Soon afterwards, Donovan was seen jumping in a luxury car outside her apartment block which took him to LAX where he boarded a flight bound for D.C. (pictured)
John accused Donovan of laundering $180million through unlawful trading of restricted stock but he was cleared by Goldman Sachs after testifying against his father in court in 2007
Hicks’ return to the White House has been welcomed by insiders, among them her replacement as Director of Communications, Stephanie Grisham
Donovan has been multiple times with Hicks over the past three months and even flew down to Los Angeles for a weekend just before she moved back to DC.
During the romantic break, the pair were spotted enjoying a double date with friends at Beverly Hills institution Mr. Chow and venturing out to Malibu for a three-hour lunch at Nobu.
Hicks is used to dealing with men with baggage after dating Rob Porter, 42, who had a girlfriend when he hooked up with Hicks and was forced to resign after DailyMail.com revealed his alleged history of domestic abuse
Since Hicks’ return to DC last week, she has been staying at his $5,000-a-month apartment in the capital’s upscale Georgetown neighborhood while setting up her new home.
DailyMail.com has approached Donovan for comment.
Hicks had put romance on the backburner during her 18-month stint in Los Angeles, although last month Vanity Fair claimed she had had a fling with a producer that foundered over their political differences.
In February 2018, DailyMail.com broke the news of Hicks relationship with the then White House staff secretary Porter with the couple pictured canoodling in the back of a cab in DC.
Porter, 42, had a girlfriend when he first hooked up with the 31-year-old and DailyMail.com later revealed his history of alleged domestic abuse – with both of his ex-wives claiming he had hit and belittled them during their marriages.
Porter, then 38, had been living with a willowy blonde political appointee but the pair split around Thanksgiving 2017 after she discovered suggestive text messages between him and Hicks.
Rumors about their relationship began after they were spotted at a DC church on January 7 – praying together despite coming from different religions.
Utah-native Porter is Mormon, while Connecticut-born Hicks is Roman Catholic.
The relationship continued after both left the White House in Spring 2018 following revelations about Porter’s alleged record of domestic abuse, with the pair spotted working out together in New York.
But the romance came to an end after Hicks left DC for the West Coast to take up a lucrative job with FOX in Los Angeles.