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Soledad O'Brien and her husband Brad Raymond | Source: Getty Images
Soledad O'Brien and her husband Brad Raymond | Source: Getty Images

Soledad O’Brien’s Husband Brad Raymond Started a Charity Foundation with Her

Naomi Wanjala
Jan 26, 2024
07:58 A.M.

Brad Raymond is Soledad O'Brien's husband, with whom the broadcast journalist shares four children. The couple have been happily married for nearly three decades, a union admired by many. While the two work in different fields, they have a shared passion for charity.

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Bradley Raymond, who goes by Brad, is Soledad O'Brien's husband of nearly thirty years. Their narrative isn't just one of enduring love but a harmonious blend of successful careers intertwining in media and finance.

While O'Brien shines in the media spotlight, Raymond has established a career in banking. The skilled banker is the co-head of investment banking at Stifel Nicolaus Weisel. His journey in banking also includes a brief position he held at Thomas Weisel Partners.

Brad Raymond and Soledad O'Brien’s Thanksgiving Traditions

Soledad O'Brien and Brad Raymond at the New Orleans to New York City Benefit Gala on July 25, 2013 in New York City | Source: Getty Images

Soledad O'Brien and Brad Raymond at the New Orleans to New York City Benefit Gala on July 25, 2013 in New York City | Source: Getty Images

Beyond his banking duties, Soledad O'Brien's husband is a devoted partner who infuses their marriage with joy and excitement. Particularly during festive seasons like Thanksgiving and Christmas, Raymond, known for his penchant for traditions, plans memorable moments.

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From ensuring a bountiful feast to organizing family travels, his cherished traditions have become a part of the O'Brien-Raymond household.

The renovated penthouse boasts 5,810 square feet, encompassing six bedrooms and 6½ baths.

Soledad O'Brien and Brad Raymond at the Derek Jeter 18th Annual Turn 2 Foundation dinner on June 1, 2014 in New York City | Source: Getty Images

Soledad O'Brien and Brad Raymond at the Derek Jeter 18th Annual Turn 2 Foundation dinner on June 1, 2014 in New York City | Source: Getty Images

Beyond their shared journey as husband and wife, Brad Raymond and Soledad O'Brien stand united in their commitment to making a meaningful impact. Together, they run PowHERful, a charitable foundation that provides financial support and mentorship to young women pursuing higher education.

In an interview, O'Brien expressed deep gratitude for Raymond's unwavering support, in his financial contributions, and his belief in the foundation's vision and its potential to empower and uplift aspiring young women.

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In addition to their work with PowHERful, Raymond and his wife embarked on another philanthropic venture by founding the Starfish Foundation. This organization shares a mission to empower young women, offering vital resources that pave the way for them to unlock their full potential and pursue higher education.

Soledad O'Brien and Brad Raymond at the 2nd annual New Orleans in the Hamptons benefit gala on July 27, 2012 in New York | Source: Getty Images

Soledad O'Brien and Brad Raymond at the 2nd annual New Orleans in the Hamptons benefit gala on July 27, 2012 in New York | Source: Getty Images

During the foundation's first event – a jazz concert, the couple successfully raised a commendable sum of at least $300,000. O'Brien expressed her satisfaction, deeming it a "very nice beginning" for the foundation's impactful journey of making a positive difference in the lives of those they aim to uplift.

Brad Raymond and Soledad O'Brien are Proud Parents of Four

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The couple share four children. Their eldest child is daughter Sofia, followed by Cecilia and then twin sons Jackson and Charles.

Despite his busy career, Raymond creates time for his children. He helps with parenting roles whenever his wife is away for work, whether he is taking their twin boys to lacrosse practice or attending his daughters' diving competitions.

In 2021, Raymond and O'Brien made a strategic real estate move and acquired a penthouse for $4.95 million, a notable reduction from its initial 2018 asking price of $8.97 million. The renovated penthouse boasts 5,810 square feet, encompassing six bedrooms and 6½ baths.

Soledad O’Brien at the Alliance for Women in Media presents the Gracies Leadership Awards on November 14, 2022 in New York City | Source: Getty Images

Soledad O’Brien at the Alliance for Women in Media presents the Gracies Leadership Awards on November 14, 2022 in New York City | Source: Getty Images

Noteworthy features include a custom glass and stainless steel stairway in the main foyer, leading to a sprawling 4,000-square-foot roof terrace – a captivating space tailor-made for hosting memorable gatherings.

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Raymond and O'Brien have proven that marriage can stand the test of time. As O'Brien enjoys a career in the media spotlight, Raymond relishes a private life, occasionally stepping into the public eye alongside his wife during notable events.

Brad Raymond and Soledad O'Brien join a list of famous couples who have enjoyed a long-lasting marriage. Others include Hollywood stars Catherine-Zeta-Jones and her husband, Michael Douglas.

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