It’s no surprise by now, but Donald Trump just appointed another billionaire to high office in his administrations. Army veteran Vincent Viola is to be named Army Secretary.
Viola created a high-speed Wall Street trading network and is said to be worth $1.8 billion. He also bought the Florida Panthers hockey team in 2013.
Talking Points Memo reported, “Viola, the owner of the Florida Panthers hockey team, made his fortune as an investor and founder of the high-speed electronic trading firm Virtu Financial, where he is still executive chairman. He is the former chairman of the New York Mercantile Exchange, where he got his start as a commodities trader.”
In an actual surprise to us all, Viola does actually have real experience for the role of Army Secretary. He served in Vietnam and had a key role in combatting terrorism after 9/11:
Viola is a 1977 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., and funded the creation of its highly regarded Combating Terrorism Center after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. A former infantry officer and Ranger School graduate, he has pressed for innovation in cyber warfare, saying at a conference five years ago that the Army of the future will be built on a “gestalt of geekdom.”
“We’ve got to find geeks who love their country,” Viola said, according to the military technology website Defense Systems. “At my company, I’ll gladly trade 10 pull-ups and five minutes on a run for 20 IQ points and heart.”
Vincent Viola seems to be the first person that Trump has appointed that is actually qualified for the position. But it’s still pretty disturbing how many billionaires have been appointed to his staff.