Bill Shorten
Bill Shorten
Real Name/Full Name William Richard Shorten
Nick Name/Celebrated Name: Bill Shorten
Birth Place: Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia
Date Of Birth/Birthday: 12 May 1967
Age/How Old: 55 years old
Height/How Tall: In Centimetres – 178 cm
In Feet and Inches – 5′ 10″
Weight: In Kilograms – 72 Kg
In Pounds – 159 lbs
Eye Color: Light brown
Hair Color: White
Parents Name: Father – William Robert Shorten
Mother – Ann Rosemary McGrath
Siblings: Robert Shorten
School: Xavier College
College: Monash University and University of Melbourne
Religion: Christian
Nationality: Australian
Zodiac Sign: Taurus
Gender: Male
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Girlfriend: N/A
Wife/Spouse Name: Debbie Beale (m. 2000, div. 2008)
Chloe Bryce (m. 2009)
Kids/Children Name: Yes (one)
Profession: Politician
Net Worth: $3 million
Last Updated: March 2023

William Richard Shorten is an Australian politician who was the Leader of the Labor Party and the Leader of the Opposition at the same time from 2013 to 2019. He got to the office in 2007 after he was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Maribyrnong. He served as a Cabinet Minister in the Rudd and Gillard Governments between 2010 and 2013.

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Biography and Early Life

Bill Shorten was born on 12 May 1967 in Fitzroy, Victoria in Australia. He is the son of William Robert Shorten and Ann Rosemary. He has a twin brother named Robert. He held British citizenship until 2006 when he dropped it in order to run for a parliamentary seat.

Her mother was a university academician and lawyer who earned a doctorate from Monash University. She ended being a senior lecturer at the university.

Age, Height, Weight & Body Measurement

So, how old is Bill Shorten in 2023 and what is his height and weight? Well, Bill Shorten’s age is 55 years old as of today’s date 27th March 2023 having been born on 12 May 1967. Though, he is 5′ 10″ in feet and inches and 178 cm in Centimetres tall, he weighs about 159 lbs in Pound and 72kg in Kilograms.


Shorten attended St Mary’s Catholic Primary school in Malvern East. Together with his twin brother, they received a scholarship to join De La Salle College, but their mother preferred Xavier College. In 1977, they started attending Kostka Hall, a junior campus of the college, and in his final year, he was chosen for the debating team in 1984.

He later enrolled at Monash University, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in 1989. He earned a Bachelor of Laws in 1992.

Personal Life: Dating, Girlfriends, Wife, Kids

Shorten married his first wife, Debbie Beale, in March 2000. Beale is the daughter of former Liberal MP and businessman Julian Beale. Their marriage ended in divorce in 2008. The following year, he married the daughter of then Governor-General Quentin Bryce, Chloe Bryce. The couple is blessed with one daughter and currently lives in Moonee Ponds together with two other children from Chloe’s first marriage.

Is Bill Shorten Gay?

No. Shorten has a straightforward sexual orientation. He is neither gay nor bisexual and has never had such rumors. He has been married twice and is blessed with one daughter. They live together happily together with their children. They are not facing any issues in their marriage.

Professional Career

Shorten began his career in 1996 at the age of 28 when he contested for Labor pre-selection for the Division of Maribyrnong. Bob Sercombe defeated him. He then won the pre-selection for the Labor seat of Melton during the 1999 state elections. In the 2005 election, Shorten announced his intention to seek for the seat of the Division of Maribyrnong and challenge Bob Sercombe. However, Sercomber withdrew his candidacy on 28 February 2006, few days before the vote of the local members. He was elected unopposed for the seat.

Shorten was elected to the House of Representatives in the 2007 federal election as the Labor MP for Maribyrnong. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd elected him as the Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Children’s Services. He later became among the fictional leaders to replace Rudd as Prime Minister and Labor Party leader together with Julia Gillard in the 2010 leadership challenge.

Although Shorten was speculated to oust Prime Minister Julia Gillard from the seat within a year, he denied it and was promoted to become Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation. He became Minister for Workplace Relations in 2011. After the defeat of the Labor government in the 2013 federal elections, Rudd decided to step down. Shorten announced to be his successor and face Anthony Albanese. In his first speech, he acknowledged the role of women in his success.

He led the Labor party to gain 14 extra seats in the federal election of 2016. He also led the party to the Australian federal election of 2019. After the defeat of the Labour in the 2019 election, he announced his resignation on 18 May 2019. He was succeeded by Anthony Albanese. Richard Marles took over as his deputy.


Shorten has had a successful political career though he has not been awarded any accolades. He has been doing very well and has contributed a lot to the political system in Australia.

Net Worth, Salary & Earnings of Bill Shorten in 2023

Bill Shorten Net Worth
Bill Shorten Net Worth

As of 2023, Shorten has accumulated an estimated net worth of about $3 million. He has earned his wealth from his political career.

Some Interesting Facts You Need To Know

  • Although he was raised a catholic, he later changed to Anglicanism just before his second marriage.
  • He publicly identified himself as senior ALP in the 2013 rape allegations, which happened in 1989. He denied the allegation with a statement made by Victoria Police as there was no reasonable prospect of conviction.

Bill Shorten has been a member of the Labor party throughout his career journey. During this time, he served in a different position and finished being the Leader of the party. He resigned on 18 May 2019 after a defeat from Anthony Albanese. He had also worked as a lawyer for Maurice Blackburn Cashman for twenty months after he graduated.


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