Any American can become President and anyone can become the richest person in the world if they have a huge bulk of fortune. Some politicians inherit their families’ fortune while others are great investors. The Hill newspaper has just released the list of the 50 wealthiest members of Congress. Let’s have a look at the richest politicians in America and how they got their money before or after entering the public sector.
John Kerry is the senior United States Senator from Massachusetts. Before entering the Senate, he served as an Assistant District Attorney and Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts under Michael Dukakis, the 65th and 67th Governor of Massachusetts. Kerry is the beneficiary of at least four trusts inherited from Forbes family members. He got married to Teresa Heinz, the heir to the Heinz ketchup company and the widow of Pennsylvania Senator H. John Heinz III. This marriage helped him increase a bulk of his fortune. His wife’s fortune was estimated to reach $750 million in 2004. Kerry is the wealthiest U.S. Senator.
Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.): $188.6 Million
Michael McCaul is currently the Republican U.S. Representative for Texas’ 10th congressional district. He is married to Linda McCaul, the daughter of Clear Channel Communications Chairman Lowry Mays.
Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas): $73.8 Million
Jane Harman represents California’s 36th congressional district. She got married to Sidney Harman who founded Harman International Industries. The company manufactures CD, DVD players, loudspeakers, and other electronics.
Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.): $152.3 Million
Mark Warner, who was considered as a potential vice presidential pick, serves as the Junior Senator from the Commonwealth of Virginia. He was the managing director of Columbia Capital Corporation and an early investor of many technology companies. He made most of his money from his investment in cellular communications company, Nextel.
Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.): $70.2 Million
Jay Rockefeller is the senior United States Senator from West Virginia. He is the only current politician of the prominent six-generation Rockefeller family.
Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W. Va.): $83.7 Million
Vern Buchanana is a Republican Congressman representing Florida’s 13th congressional district. Most of money comes from his offshore reinsurance companies Jamat Reinsurance Co. and Buchanan Reinsurance Co.,. and successful chain of car dealerships. He bought a Honda and Acura dealership in Ocala, Florida in 1992.
Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.): $53.5 Million
Jared Polis was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in November 2008. He represents Colorado\'s 2nd congressional district. He has founded many companies including American Information Systems. He sold his online greeting card website bluemountainarts.com to Excite@Home with a deal of $780 million.
Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.): $56.5 Million
Darrell Issa has been a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the 49th congressional district of California. He is notable for being a guest speaker at Republican events and a major contributor to the 2003 recall election of Governor Gray Davis. He made his money by founding Director Electronics, California-based manufacturer of automobile security and convenience products.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif): $160.1 Million
Frank Lautenberg is the senior United States Senator from New Jersey. He is the oldest member of the Senate. He was first salesman and then the chairman and CEO of Automatic Data Processing Inc.
Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.): $49.7 Million
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