Wilbur Ross, Billionaire Investor, Is Said to Be Trump’s Commerce Pick

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Wilbur Ross, Billionaire Investor, Is Said to Be Trump’s Commerce Pick

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Wilbur Ross, Billionaire Investor, Is Said to Be Trump’s Commerce Pick

By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS

WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald J. Trump is expected to select as commerce secretary Wilbur Ross, a billionaire investor who became known as the “king of bankruptcy” for buying, restructuring and selling off steel makers and other fading industrial companies, officials on the transition team said on Thursday.

After choosing national security hard-liners for some of his earliest appointments, Mr. Trump is now turning to a group of ultrawealthy conservatives to help steer administration policy.

In addition to Mr. Ross, a generous contributor to his campaign, Mr. Trump is likely to choose Todd Ricketts, a Republican megadonor who is an owner of the Chicago Cubs and whose father founded TD Ameritrade, to be the deputy commerce secretary, the officials said. And on Wednesday, Mr. Trump said he would name Betsy DeVos, a school choice activist and Republican fund-raiser, as his education secretary.

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