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Bridget Rooney bio, career, marriage, net worth

Who is Bridget Rooney?

Bridget Rooney is a well-known American celebrity. Socialite, former actress, philanthropist, and the heiress of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Bridget Rooney made headlines after being linked with actor Kevin Costner. Currently, Bridget Rooney is married to American billionaire Bill Koch. In addition to this, Bridget is known for her work in the movie Zombie or not Zombie. 

Bridget Rooney Biography
Bridget Rooney Biography

Some quick facts about Bridget Rooney

Full nameBridget Rooney
Also known asBridget Koch
BirthdateApril 26, 1962
Age 59 years old
Sun signTaurus
TraitsPositive traits- Punctual, attentive, and bold 
Negative traits- Stubborn, inflexible, and argumentative. 
BirthplaceCalifornia, USA
Sexual orientationStraight
Height5 feet 8 inches 
Educational qualificationsBachelor’s degree in business administration
Parents’ nameTimothy James Rooney (father)
June Marraccini (mother)
SiblingsKathleen Mara (sister)
Margaret Galterio (sister)
Cara Rooney (sister)
Timothy James Rooney Jr (brother)
Thomas Joseph Rooney (brother)
Grandparents’ nameArthur Joseph Rooney (grandfather)
Kathleen Rooney (grandmother)
Marital statusMarried
Name of husbandBill Koch
ChildrenLiam Costner (son)
Kaitlyn Koch (daughter)
Profession Socialite, actress, philanthropist
Currently living inAspen, Colorado, USA
Net worth$50 million
Social mediaBridget Rooney Instagram
Bridget Rooney Twitter

Bridget Rooney fun facts

  1. Bridget Rooney is the granddaughter of Arthur Joseph Rooney, the founding owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers. 
  2. She is also related to actresses Rooney Mara and Kate Mara. 
  3. Bridget Rooney was previously in a relationship with 3000 Miles to Graceland actor, Kevin Costner. Rooney and Costner share a son named Liam Timothy Costner. 
  4. In 2005, Bridget Rooney got married to American billionaire businessman Bill Koch. Koch boasts a massive net worth of $2 billion and is the president of the Oxbow Group. 
  5. Bridget and her husband Bill Koch established Oxbridge Academy in 2011. The private prep school is attended by the likes of many famous celebrity kids including Barron Trump. 
  6. Bridget Koch’s daughter, Kaitlin Koch, is an ice skating prodigy. She has showcased her exceptional talents at the Come Fly With Me! event in 2018.

Bridget Rooney Wiki

Early life, parents, and siblings

Bridget Rooney had an insanely lavish childhood thanks to her wealthy parents who made sure to meet every one of their daughter’s needs. Her father Timothy James Rooney owns Yonkers Raceway and is the director of the Pittsburgh Steelers. According to some reports, Timothy James is also an actor. 

Just like her father, Bridget’s mother June Marraccini is also involved in the acting business. 

Bridget Rooney has three sisters and two brothers. Her sisters are Kathleen Mara, Margaret Galterio, and Cara Rooney. Likewise, her brothers are Timothy James Rooney Jr and Thomas Joseph Rooney.

Bridget Rooney Grandparents

Bridget’s grandfather Arthur Joseph Rooney was the founding owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Also known as “The Chief”, Arthur Joseph Rooney owned the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1933 until his death in August 1988.

Moreover, Arthur Joseph Rooney is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was an Olympic qualifying boxer and owned many track sports venues and professional sports teams in the Pittsburgh area. 

Bridget Rooney Grandfather, Arthur Joseph Rooney
Bridget Rooney Grandfather, Arthur Joseph Rooney

The first president of the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1933 to 1974, Arthur took over the Yonkers Raceway, the Palm Beach Kennel Club, and Green Mountain Kennel Club in Vermont, He also acquired Shamrock Stables in Maryland and owned the Liberty Bell Park Racetrack outside Philadelphia.

In 1993, Duquesne University named their football field honoring Arthur Joseph Rooney. He ranked 81st on the Sporting News’ “100 Most Powerful Sports Figures of the 20th Century” list in 1999.

The following year, the American Football Association inducted Arthur as a “pioneer” into the Semi-Pro Football Hall of Fame. Furthermore, Arthur was a minor league baseball player for the Flint, Michigan “Vehicles” and the Wheeling, West Virginia “Stogies”.

Arthur was married to Kathleen Rooney who passed away in 1982. Kathleen and Arthur had five sons named Dan Rooney, Art Rooney Jr, Timothy Rooney, Patrick Rooney, and John Rooney. 

Dan Rooney is the chairman of the board of directors of the Pittsburgh Steelers and he also served as a United States Ambassador to Ireland.  Art Rooney Jr, Timothy Rooney, Patrick Rooney, and John Rooney are the directors of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Bridget Rooney birthday

Bridget Rooney was born on April 26, 1962. She was born in California, USA.

Her Sunsign and personality traits

Since Bridget was born on April 26, her horoscope is Taurus. People having this horoscope are known for their punctual, attentive, and bold personalities. However, they tend to be stubborn, inflexible, and argumentative. 

Bridget Rooney Height, measurements, & appearance

Bridget Rooney appears to be quite tall and attractive. The former actress stands tall at a height of 5 feet and 8 inches. Along with an impressive height, Bridget also seems to have the perfect body proportions. 

Bridget Rooney photo
Bridget Rooney photo

She is of a slim build and has a stunning figure. Furthermore, Bridget Rooney has luscious black hair and she has green-colored eyes.  

Bridget Rooney nationality, ethnicity & religion

Since Bridget Rooney was born in California, USA, her nationality is American. Likewise, Bridget belongs to a Caucasian ethnic background. When it comes to her religion, Bridget is a follower of Christianity. 

Educational background

Bridget Rooney is a well-educated woman. From a young age, Bridget was academically gifted. She graduated from high school with flying colors. After this, Bridget Rooney enrolled at a public university from where she earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration. 

Bridget Rooney relationships and dating history

Bridget Rooney relationship with Kevin Costner

Bridget Rooney briefly dated actor and filmmaker Kevin Costner in 1996. The two of them started a relationship two years after Costner’s divorce from Cindy Silva. 

Bridget Rooney and Kevin Costner’s affair became the talk of the town and the love birds were often spotted together at many red carpet events and glamorous parties. However, Kevin and Bridget were not very serious about their relationship. 

It was just a casual fling and neither Kevin nor Bridget anticipated a long-term relationship with each other. Shortly after making their relationship public, it was revealed that Bridget was pregnant with Kevin’s child. 

She gave birth to their son Liam Timothy Costner in 1996. However, the birth of Liam caused a clash between Kevin and Bridget. 

Initially, Kevin Costner denied paternity of Liam. Following a paternity test, it was proved that Liam was in fact his own son. 

Fortunately, Kevin welcomed his newborn son into his life with open arms and even founded a sizable trust fund for Liam. Although the father-son duo happily reunited, the relationship between Kevin and Bridget quickly turned sour after Liam’s birth. 

Soon after Liam’s birth, Kevin Costner and Bridget Rooney went their own separate ways. Following their split, Kevin Costner began a relationship with political activist Birgit Cunningham. He also was rumored to be in a live-in relationship with supermodel Elle Macpherson.  

Who is Kevin Costner?

Kevin Costner is an Academy Award-winning actor and filmmaker. He is also the winner of two Golden Globe Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Son of  Sharon Rae and William Costner, Kevin Costner was born on January 18, 1955. Kevin Costner made his acting debut in the film Sizzle Beach, U.S.A. which was originally known as Hot Malibu Summer. 

Kevin Costner
Kevin Costner

The actor gained popularity with his role as Eliot Ness in the 1987 film The Untouchables. Additionally, Costner has appeared in many other successful films such as No Way Out, Bull Durham, Field of Dreams, Dances with Wolves, JFK, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, The Bodyguard, and A Perfect World.

Costner won two Academy Awards for his work in Dances with Wolves. His portrayal of Devil Anse Hatfield in the miniseries Hatfields & McCoys won the actor the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie. 

Moreover, he was also awarded the 2013 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie and the 2013 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television for his work in the miniseries. Costner is currently married to handbag designer Christine Baumgartner. 

Bridget Rooney marriage with Bill Koch

After separating from Kevin Costner, Bridget Rooney started dating American billionaire businessman, sailor, and collector, William Ingraham Koch, also known as Bill Koch. Although many criticized the couple due to their 22 years age gap, Bill and Bridget managed to make their relationship work and proved all the naysayers wrong. 

Previously Bill Koch was married to Joan Granlund with whom he had a son named Wyatt. However, their marriage could not work and the couple chose to go their own separate ways. 

Bridget Rooney with BIll Koch
Bridget Koch with Bill Koch

Bill Koch and Bridget Rooney exchanged wedding vows in a lavish ceremony in 2005. Their wedding was held in a grand ceremony in Colorado. 

While most celebrity marriages crumble apart after a few years, Bridget and Bill’s marriage has stood the test of time. The love birds have been happily married for the past 16 years and with each passing year, their love seems to grow stronger and stronger. 

Even though they have been married for over a decade, Bill Koch still manages to treat his dear wife like a queen. The billionaire businessman often makes headlines for the expensive purchases that he makes for his beautiful wife, Bridget. 

In 2014, Bridget and Bill were spotted dining at Le Cirque. The duo apparently chose the most expensive food items from the exclusive menu including Japanese pure-bred beef sourced from Bill Koch’s own 7X Ranch in Colorado and a 1996 Cheval Blanc.

Before this, the billionaire and collector hosted a magnificent party in honor of Bridget’s 50th birthday. The party took place at the couple’s 42,000 square foot oceanfront mansion located in Palm Beach, Florida. Furthermore, Bill Koch even hired MTV Video Music Awards-winning singer Katy Perry to perform on the special occasion. 

Even before their wedding, Bill Koch made several extravagant purchases for his wife-to-be. According to the New York Times, Bill Koch and his then-girlfriend Bridget Rooney shopped for a 31-carat yellow diamond at François Graff.

Reportedly, Bill has also gifted his wife a very expensive painting from 1941 which features three seminude women. The painting worth millions proudly hangs on Bill’s South Ocean Boulevard mansion.

In addition, the businessman also splurged on a pair of two-foot-tall silver centerpieces made in 1860 by Queen Victoria’s silversmiths for a total of $240,000. Apparently, his wife Bridget Koch has displayed the extravagant purchase on their dining room table.

Who is Bridget Rooney’s husband Bill Koch?

Bridget Rooney is married to American businessman, sailor, and collector, Bill Koch. In 1992, Bill Koch’s yacht America 3 won America’s Cup. 

Koch was born on May 3, 1940. His mother was Mary Clementine and his father was Fred C. Koch, the founder of Koch Industries.

Bill Koch studied at Culver Military Academy. He later joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from where he graduated with bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in chemical engineering.

At the start of his career, Bill Koch handled his family business. He founded the Oxbow Group and served as the energy development company’s president.  

Likewise, Koch is the co-chair of the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound and was one of the investors of Kendall Square Research. In 1993, Koch was inducted into America’s Cup Hall of Fame and in 2018, he was inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame.

Bridget Rooney children

Bridget Rooney is the proud mother of two wonderful children. Her son Liam Timothy Costner was born on October 15, 1996. Bridget shares Liam with her former partner Kevin Costner. 

After marrying billionaire Bill Koch, Bridget Koch welcomed their daughter Kaitlin Koch in 2006. Kaitlyn is a student at Oxbridge Academy. She is also an ice-skating champion who has performed at the Come Fly With Me! event in 2018.

Bridget Rooney with son Liam Costner
Bridget Rooney with son Liam Costner

Apart from this, Bridget also has five stepchildren born from Bill Koch’s past relationships. Bridget is not only a doting mother to her own children but also shares a great relationship with her stepchildren. 

Related: Read the full biography of Bridget Rooney’s son Liam Costner

Bridget Rooney career

Rooney has tried her hands at a multitude of professions. In 2011, she made her acting debut in the film Zombie or not Zombie. However, after working in the film, Bridget chose to no longer pursue a career in acting and retired. 

The heiress of the Pittsburgh Steelers is used to living a luxurious life from her childhood itself. Since she comes from an affluent family, Bridget has never really felt the need to work in order to make a living. 

Hence, Bridget has mostly focused on philanthropic work. She is involved with different non-profit organizations and charities. Moreover, Bridget along with her husband Bill Koch established Oxbridge Academy in 2011.

The educational institution is located in Palm Beach, Florida. Oxbridge Academy is a private school which is attended by many famous celebrity kids such as former US president, Donald Trump’s 15-year-old son, Barron Trump. 

The school educates students from grades 7 through 12 and is extremely difficult to get into since it only enrolls a total of 500 students. Oxbridge Academy stands on an area of 54 acres and it offers 170 courses along with 40 student-led and student-created clubs. 

According to its website, the prep school aims to educate “young adults into learners, thinkers, and problem solvers” who are “prepared to meet the world boldly with initiative and kindness.” 77 percent of the school’s faculty have advanced degrees and the school also is staffed by three full-time health experts to cater to the needs of the students.

Furthermore, Bridget Koch is also a well-known socialite. Owing to this, Bridget has the opportunity to attend many fashionable upper-class events and parties. Due to this, Bridget has also been able to gain a lot of media attention which has helped her to publicize her philanthropic work and to uphold her family’s legacy.

Social media presence

More often than not, a celebrity’s social media account serves as a source to provide curious fans an insight into their favorite celebrity’s personal life. Unfortunately, for fans wishing to get a glimpse of Bridget Koch’s glamorous lifestyle, her social media may prove to be quite a disappointment. 

Bridget Rooney chooses to distance herself from most social media platforms including Facebook and Instagram. Although the socialite is active on Twitter, her account is set to private and her tweets are protected. 

Joined in September 2009, Bridget Rooney’s Twitter username is “Bridgetkoch”. Her account has 280 followers and Bridget herself follows 228 other accounts. 

Bridget Rooney net worth and lifestyle

As of 2021, Bridget Rooney net worth is estimated to be approximately $50 million. While Bridget’s net worth is definitely impressive, her husband, Bill Koch, has an even more remarkable net worth. 

The businessman, sailor, and collector have a jaw-dropping net worth of $2 billion. He has made such splendid earnings through his investments in oil and other various sectors. 

Owing to such staggering net worth, there is no doubt that Bill Koch and his wife, Bridget, lead a royally lavish lifestyle. The couple along with their daughter live in their luxurious Aspen Ranch mansion worth an astounding $100 million. 

Bill Koch, in particular, is known for his extravagant spending habits. The billionaire reportedly spent a total of $68 million on his yacht America 3 which won the America’s Cup in 1992.

Similarly, he also bought a 130-year-old photo of the legendary outlaw Billy the Kid for a sum of $2.3 million. Koch purchased the photo at a Denver auction in June 2011.