News Updates:7/16/2012: In June 2012, Karl Rove married Karen Johnson, a 45-year-old GOP lobbyist, in Austin, Texas. The couple dated for several years before getting married. The newlyweds flew to Naples on Steve Wynn's private jet.
12/29/09: The 24-year marriage of Darby and Karl Rove ended in divorce in 12/2009. According to Dana Perino "The couple came to the decision mutually and amicably, and they maintain a close relationship and a strong friendship. There will be no further comment, and the family requests that its privacy be respected.”
Source: "Rove, wife, divorce after 24-year marriage." MSNBC.msn.com. 12/29/09.
Darby Hickson: Abt. 1948. Darby is a breast cancer survivor.
Source: Carl Cannon. Boy Genius: Karl Rove, the Brains Behind the Remarkable Political Triumph of George W. Bush. pg. 127
Education:Although Karl Rove attended several colleges (University of Utah, the University of Texas at Austin and George Mason University), he never graduated from any of them.
Religion:Karl Rove is a member of the Anglican/Episcopalian faith.
Darby Hickson Rove: Graphic designer. She was employed by Karl Rove & Co., a public affairs firm in Austin, Texas.
- Valerie Wainright: A Houston socialite, Valerie married Karl Rove in Houston, Texas in 1977. The marriage ended in divorce in 1979. Reportedly, Rove's busy schedule which kept him away from home a great deal was one of the reasons that Karl's marriage to Valerie didn't last.
They also built a home in Florida.
There was controversy over their ownership of a bed-and-breakfast on the Guadalupe River, west of San Antonio. Purchased in 1997, the B&B was the River Oaks Lodge near Ingram, Texas.
When they sold the 3,863-square foot main lodge and 0.72 acres in 2003, they kept two small cottages on 0.39 acres appraised at $57,258. The two stone cottages are rented out to guests by the lodge's new owners. Darby T. Rove is listed as a director of the new owner which is Estadio Partners, LLC.
- The 814-square foot "River House" cottage rents for $200 per night. It has two screened porches, two bedrooms, a dining room, kitchen, and one bath.
- The 494-square foot "Ivy House" cottage has two bedrooms, kitchen, living room, porch, and two baths. It rents for $120 per night.
Quotes about Karl, Marriage and Family:
Source: Mike Allen. "Karl Rove granted divorce in Texas." Politico.com. 12/29/2009.
Darby about Karl: "Karl has hundreds of friends and no one he's intimate with outside their small family."
Source: Carl Cannon. Boy Genius: Karl Rove, the Brains Behind the Remarkable Political Triumph of George W. Bush. pg. 128.
Karl on Marriage: "Well, marriage is a very important part of our culture and our society. If we want to have a hopeful and decent society, we ought to aim for the ideal. And the ideal is that marriage ought to be and should be a union of a man and a woman."
Source: Fox News Sunday
Darby about Karl's competitive personality: "Even in croquet he'd be hitting my ball so far I was crying on vacation."