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J.D. Vance

J.D. Vance

Author and Venture Capitalist

His memoir, Hillbilly Elegy was on The New York Times Best Seller list in 2016 and 2017, and a finalist for the 2017 Dayton Literary Peace Prize

CNN Contributor

J.D. Vance is an American author and venture capitalist known for his memoir Hillbilly Elegy. The book is about the Appalachian values of his upbringing and their relation to the social problems of his hometown. The book was on The New York Times Best Seller list in 2016 and 2017. It was a finalist for the 2017 Dayton Literary Peace Prize. It attracted significant attention during the 2016 election from national media as a window into the white working class.

After law school, J.D. Vance worked as the principal in a venture capital firm owned by Peter Thiel, known as Mithril Capital Management LLC. In December 2016, Vance indicated that he planned to move to Ohio to start a nonprofit and potentially run for office and work on drug addiction. The non-profit is called Our Ohio Renewal.

In January 2017, J.D. Vance became a CNN Contributor. In April 2017, Ron Howard signed on to direct a movie based on Hillbilly Elegy.

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