The men and women hoping to be president vary wildly – not the least in their net worths, according to USA Today.
Real estate mogul Donald Trump didn’t waste much time in June after his announcement about running for president pointing out to the public that he’s got a fat bank account.
“I’m really rich,” Trump said in a speech in which he said the words “rich,” “money” and “net worth” 30 times in 45 minutes, according to The Daily Beast.
Trump says his net worth is in far excess of $8 billion.
According to the USA Today report, 95 percent of Trump’s campaign funds come from donations he has done to himself — $1.8 million so far.
Trump often has referred to his vast personal wealth to note that he does not or want campaign money from donors or lobbyists because they come around later and start making demands in exchange for their contributions.
The two women running – former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the Democrat side and former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, a Republican – both have hefty fortunes.
Fiorina, the first female CEO of a top 20 company as ranked by Fortune, reports a net worth of about $60 million, which includes her husband’s assets and liabilities. Clinton’s net worth is estimated to be between $15 million and $55 million, much of which she has earned from investments, her book “Hard Choices” and speaking fees.
Ranked behind Fiorina but ahead of Clinton is former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, with an estimated net worth of between $19 million and $22 million, some of it from speaking fees and consulting since he left public office in 2007.
Others in the top ten as far as personal net worth are Republicans Ohio Gov. John Kasich, former neurosurgeon Ben Carson, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky. Also in the top ten is Sen. Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican, who has a net worth of between $1.7 million and $4.5 million.
Democrat Bernie Sanders, a U.S. senator from Vermont, has an estimated net worth of between $110,014 and $550,999. Sen. Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican, has a net worth ranging from $57,000 and $829,999.
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