The US political system has become these days more and more dominated by financial heavyweights. In case you didn’t know so far, during the 113th Congressional session, not more and not less that 268 of the 534 members of Congress were actually millionaires. Not only the US Senates but the House of Representatives as well are composed of lots of the state’s wealthiest citizens. Continue to read this article in order to find out what are the richest politicians in the United States.
President Donald Trump
The President is without a doubt the richest politician in the US. Trump dropped more than 200 spots on the Forbes in 2018. His estimated net worth goes from $3.5-billion to $3.1-billion. All this money comes from real estate investments and its several gold courses. Furthermore, Trumps also has lots of earnings from his winery and his TV career.
The second on the list is Jim Justice, the West Virginia Governor. According to Forbes, he is worth $2-billion. Jim Justice was elected governor in 2016, and his fortune comes from a coal business. Even though the business was started by his father, it is today run by Jim Justice. There are five coal mines he owns in five different states.
Bill Haslam is also considered one of the richest politicians in the United States. He is today the governor of Tennessee. According to Forbes, he is worth $1.8-billion. In plus, he is heir to the Flying J truck stop chain. Haslam started his career in politics in 2003 as the mayor of Knoxville. Later in 2010, he was elected governor.
The Minnesota governor comes from an extremely wealthy family with a net worth of approximately $1.6-billion. This fortune was actually made by Dayton’s great-grandfather, who founded a department store that his family would later go on to build into Target, a famous store chain. Mark Dayton was a Senator for about 6 years, from 2001 to 2007, as well as the state’s auditor for a stretch in the 1990s.
Darrell Issa is worth $283.3-million and it is the richest member of Congress. He was elected in 2016 to his ninth term, with 1,600 votes. An important part of Darrell Issa’s fortune comes from his time as CEO of Directed Electronics. Today, Issa is serving as the representative from California’s 49th District. However, he announced in 2018 that he wouldn’t run for re-election.
Rick Scott is the outspoken governor of Florida and it is at the moment running for Senate. He is also considered one of the richest politicians in the United States, with a net worth of $232-million, according to Orlando Sentinel. Most of his money come from the for-profit health care industry. However, after he became a Governor, he actually transferred his assets to a blind trust.
Being a politician is certainly not an easy job. However, there are a few who, at some point, had their reputation affected due to the fact that they were caught with escorts. It is true that American escorts are very attractive and charming but once you go for politics you must make sure you build a reliable reputation. Even though they had money and power, they had serious problems in their career due to this reason. In conclusion, money cannot buy everything.