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Miscavige in 2011
|Born||April 30, 1960
Bristol Township, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Occupation||Chairman of the Board, Religious Technology Center|
|Organization||Church of Scientology|
Michele Miscavige (m. 1982)
|Relatives||Ron Miscavige (father)
Jenna Miscavige Hill (niece)
David Miscavige ( born April 30, 1960) is the leader of the Church of Scientology and Captain of the Sea Organization. His official title is Chairman of the Board of the Religious Technology Center (RTC), a corporation that controls the trademarks and copyrights of Dianetics and Scientology. Miscavige was a deputy to Church founder L. Ron Hubbard during his time working as a Commodore's Messenger while he was a teenager. He rose to a leadership position by the early 1980s and was named Chairman of the Board of RTC in 1987, the year after Hubbard's death. Official church biographies describe Miscavige as "the ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion".
Since he assumed his leadership position, there have been a number of allegations made against Miscavige. These include claims of forced separation of family members, coercive fundraising practices, harassment of journalists and church critics, and emotional and physical abuse of subordinates by Miscavige. Miscavige and church spokespersons deny the majority of these claims, often criticizing the credibility of those who bring them.
Miscavige is married to fellow Sea Org member Michele Diane "Shelly" Miscavige, who has not been seen in public since August 2007.
Family and relatives
Miscavige's elder brother Ronald Miscavige Jr. served as an executive in the Sea Org for a time, but left Scientology in 2000. Miscavige's twin sister, Denise Licciardi, was hired by major Scientology donor Bryan Zwan as a top executive for the Clearwater, Florida-based company Digital Lightwave, where she was linked to an accounting scandal. Ronald Jr.'s daughter Jenna Miscavige Hill, niece of David Miscavige, remained in the Sea Org until 2005. She has since become an outspoken critic of Scientology, publishing a book about her experiences in 2013.
David's father, Ronald Miscavige Sr. left the Church in 2012 and loved in Virginia. Ron Miscavige and Dan Koon wrote Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me, which was published in May 2016.
Ron Miscavige Sr. died on the 28th of June, 2021 from cancer.
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