From Waterville Valley To A Gold Mine: Sununu Family Interests Built On Political Clout
When Chris Sununu takes office Thursday, he’ll be the youngest governor in the country. But his arrival will also be a restoration of sorts for his family.
The Sununus have been New Hampshire’s first family before, back in the 1980’s, when Chris Sununu’s father, John H. Sununu, was Governor.
But plenty has changed since then, including the family’s business interests.
One measure of how the Sununu family's fortunes have changed since the last time a Sununu sat in the corner office can be seen in John H. Sununu’s official portrait, hanging in the State House. A detail in that portrait is a family picture, showing the Sununus, including all eight children, posing at a ski area.
Back then, Waterville Valley was the family's favored vacation spot. Now the Sununus own the resort. They bought it in 2010, and made Chris CEO.