William Bumpus Jr. is the son of an American personality and broadcast journalist Gayle King. She is renowned for hosting the CBS News morning program, CBS Mornings, and CBS This Morning.
Despite all of the fame that Gayle has gathered throughout the years, it can’t be said for her son. William prefers to live a quiet life away from the limelight. However, the star kid has been the topic of the media ever since his mother divorced her husband William Bumpus.
Thus, we will look into the life of the celebrity son and discuss all of the exciting facts surrounding Bumpus Jr. including his age, college, occupation, wife, and more.
Short Summary of William Bumpus Jr.
|Date of birth
|April 28, 1987
|Gayle King and William Bumpus
|Chief of Staff
William Bumpus Jr. Was Born In Connecticut, His Age And Wiki
Born on April 28, 1987, in Connecticut USA, William is 36 years old as of 2023. He is the son of Gayle King and William Bumpus. His zodiac sign is Taurus.
He shares a great bond with his mother and was raised by a single mom alongside his elder sister Kirby Bumpus after his parents separated in 1990. Regarding his sister, Kirby was born on May 12, 1986. She used to work as an administrator but currently works as a health educator and mentor.
Similarly, talking about William’s ethnicity, he has African-American ancestry and is American by nationality. Likewise, he is the grandson of Peggy King and Scott King.
His Educational Qualifications
William is a well-educated individual. After completing high school, William attended Duke University where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Arts in 2009.
Oprah Winfrey Is His Godmother
The TV personality Oprah Winfrey whom you may have known from the talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show is the godmother to William and his sister. She also happens to be one of Gayle’s best buddies. During William’s graduation, Winfrey congratulated him and recalled a past event that happened in her house when Bumpus Jr. was a child.
Oprah used to own antique museum-quality Shaker boxes and when she walked into the room, she saw little William stack them and knock them down which she wasn’t happy with. So, she scolded him and without saying a thing he picked them up, kept them in their original place, and left.
However, a minute later he went to his mom and said, “Mom, Auntie O is mean. Can we go home? ” What’s funny is that Oprah mentioned that she would give William the same boxes as his graduation gift.
Who Is His Father? A Little About William Bumpus, Gayle King’s Ex-husband
His dad William Bumpus is a lawyer born in 1954. He currently works as a Wellness Coach at WW. William came to the limelight only after marrying Bumpus Jr’s mother Gayle. He was married to the journalist for about 8 years.
However, their marriage didn’t last any further and they separated in 1990 while their divorce was finalized in 1993. To learn more about the subject at hand, please read till the end of this article.
What Does William Bumpus Jr. Do For a Living? Details on His Occupation
At present, 31-year-old William Bumpus Jr. is working as a Chief of Staff for Headspace. William joined the office in 2017 and has since been associated with it.
He first started working as an Investment Banker for Perella Winberg Partners NYC soon after graduating in 2009. Two years later, Bumpus worked for Corporate Development in Shanghai China. From 2012 to 2015, he was a business Intelligence for Activision. Likewise, from 2015 to 2017, William worked for the Stanford Business School.
William Bumpus Jr. Parent’s Were Together For Eight Years, Their Relationship Status
William’s parents walked down the aisle in 1982, in Hartford Connecticut. They had a pretty lovely wedding but Gayle wasn’t happy with the wedding as much as she would have liked and was questioning if it would last long. She even said she didn’t feel anything special at the time.
Regarding their first meeting, the pair’s paths crossed somewhere in 1981. They felt some a connection and started dating not long after. The then-boyfriend and girlfriend dated for a while before walking down the aisle in 1982.
They were together for almost eight years before walking down different paths. William’s parents filed for divorce in 1990. And, their divorce was finalized in 1993.
Bumpus Jr’s Father Cheated On His Mother
Even though the divorce document cited irreconcilable differences, many people wonder that the real reason behind their separation might have been William Bumpus’s infidelity towards his then-wife.
“I was married to a cheater,” she said, “I went to marital counseling. I have been divorced since 1993, so I’m all healed and everything. I have worked it out. I’m not bitter. I’m OK. I’m really OK.”
Later on, William’s dad made a public apology to King in a statement he sent to ET online saying,
“I have been haunted by this life-altering choice. Though I have dealt with this privately, I publicly apologize for the major transgression that dramatically changed all of our lives. I have nothing but the utmost respect for Gayle and how she handled herself with grace.”
After their separation, Gayle King seems to be single while her counterpart William Bumpus is dating his girlfriend Jane Neu. They have been together since October 2020.
Is William Bumpus Jr. Married/Dating Anyone At The Moment?
As we already said, William Bumpus Jr. is notoriously secretive when talking about his personal life. There isn’t a single hint of information available for us to know if the 31-year-old is currently married to his wife or dating anyone. However, by looking at his age, we can make assumptions that William is probably married or is romantically linked to someone special.
Nevertheless, these are just speculations at the end of the day and we won’t know until the man himself signs the light on the subject matter.
William’s Mother Was Worried For Her Son Amid The Black Lives Matter Protest
During an interview with the Talk @Home, the 68-year-old anchor showed concern towards her then 33-year-old son. He lives in Santa Monica California in the same area as the then-ongoing protest in response to the death of George Floyd while in police custody.
She was so worried for Bumpus Jr. that she pledged her son not to go on a walk with his dog because he is a black man. She further explains,
Now everybody is so amped up about everything. I do, I worry a lot about his safety. Welcome to being black in America. This is not new This is another thing that I think is so interesting, how white people are processing this and black people are processing it. You know, because it is black and white, but it should be a human issue, this is about humanity.
William Bumpus Jr.’s Net Worth
The celebrity son is a quiet private individual who doesn’t like to be in the limelight, unlike his mother. He is enjoying his life away from the media working as a Chief of Staff at Headspace and from our research, a person in that particular post makes an average annual salary of $200k to $300k.
On the other hand, his mother Gayle King has a total net worth of $40 million. She has made her fortune from her career as an editor and journalist.