Amy Baier is an American philanthropist and children’s health advocate. She is most commonly known for being married to Fox News anchor Bret Baier.
Personal Life & Family Background :
- Amy Baier (neé Hills) was born on May 7, 1978, in the Chicago area.
- Born to parents Paul and Barbara, she grew up with her three brothers: Timothy, John Paul, and a twin named Daniel.
- After being set up on a blind date, Amy married Bret Baier — the chief political anchor for Fox News and the host of the network’s Special Report.
- Dating for two years before their wedding in 2004, they had a long-distance relationship (from Chicago to Washington, DC) until the week before their wedding.
- They now live in Washington with their two sons, Paul and Daniel.
- Just days after Paul’s birth, he was diagnosed with five congenital heart defects.
- Ever since, he had seven angioplasties and three open-heart surgeries. His first surgery was performed at just 12 days old; his second at ten months old; his third at 6 years old.
Early Life & Education :
- A self-proclaimed “Daddy’s Girl,” Amy grew up in Barrington Hills with a privileged childhood.
- Her dad is the co-founder of the multi-billion dollar medical equipment company Sage Products.
- Despite their financial success, her parents modeled for their kids the importance of giving back.
- After making numerous donations of time and money, the Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital named a wing after them — Paul and Barbara Hills Center for Advanced Care.
- For a brief time in the 1990s, Baier lived in Dallas, Texas, while she attended Southern Methodist University.
Job, Salary & Net Worth :
- Before moving back to Chicago in 2002, Amy worked in New York City as a media planner for Calvin Klein.
- Although she has long been involved with charitable causes, Amy became a full-time philanthropist following her son’s medical difficulties. A huge advocate for congenital heart disease awareness and treatment, she currently serves on the board for the Children’s National Medical Center — the hospital where her dad Paul received his life-saving treatments.
- In 2014, the hospital honored Amy and Bret with the Inaugural Joseph E. Robert Jr. Prize in Philanthropy. Later in the year, Amy co-chaired the hospital’s Children’s National Ball that raised a record of $10.8 million.
- Also the vice-chairperson for the Children’s Circle of Care — a group of philanthropists committed to donating at least $10,000 annually to children’s hospitals across North America — Amy has helped grow the program by 40 percent.
Fun Facts, Height & Trivia :
- After a whirlwind weekend that began with that first blind date (a Rolling Stones concert) Bret said to a friend, “I’m going to marry that girl!”
- A Midwestern girl at heart, Amy loves going back to Barrington Hills to visit her parents — who still live in her childhood home.
- Amy is not a cook, so the Hills often dine out for meals. Their favorite take-out meal? : Sushi!
- When their son was about to undergo his first surgery, Bret got a call of good wishes, including former President George Bush. He was unable to answer the call (he did not recognize the number) but still has the message saved.