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Newsom supported HOPE, a failed local ballot measure that would have allowed an increased condo-conversion rate if a certain percentage of tenants within a building were buying their units.
As a candidate for mayor, he supported building 10,000 new housing units to create 15,000 new construction jobs.
He is currently the president in absentia of Airelle Wines Inc., which is connected to the Plump Jack Winery in Napa County.
Newsom earned between 1,000 and 1,000 in 2007 from his business interests.
Gavin Christopher Newsom was born in San Francisco, California, to Tessa Thomas (née Menzies) and William Alfred Newsom III, a retired state appeals court justice and attorney for Getty Oil. His father is of mostly Irish descent; one of Newsom's maternal great-grandfathers, Scotsman Thomas Addis, was a pioneer scientist in the field of nephrology and a professor of medicine at Stanford University.
Newsom is the second cousin, twice removed, of musician Joanna Newsom.
Tessa Newsom worked three jobs to support Gavin and his sister Hilary Newsom Callan, who is the president of the Plump Jack Group, named after the opera Plump Jack composed by family friend Gordon Getty.Newsom attended Redwood High School and graduated from Santa Clara University.After graduation, he co-founded businesses with family friend Gordon Getty, who was an investor.Newsom began his political career in 1996 when San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown appointed him to serve on the city's Parking and Traffic Commission and as a member of the Board of Supervisors the following year.In 2003 he was elected as the 42nd Mayor of San Francisco, the city's youngest in a hundred years.