Dick Cheney served as the 46th Vice President of the United States (2001 – 2009) under President George W. Bush. Cheney is best known for his long career within the Republican party, but his $90 million net worth reveals lucrative roots in the private sector. Raised in Casper, Wyoming and educated at Yale and the University of Wyoming, Cheney first worked at the White House during the Nixon and Ford administrations. He later served six terms representing the state of Wyoming in the U.S. House of Representatives, followed by a stint as the Secretary of Defense under the George H.W. Bush administration.
From 1995 to 2000, Cheney stepped into the private sector, serving as CEO for the oilfield services company Halliburton—the source of most of his net worth. In July 2000, Cheney resigned from Halliburton with a reported $20 million retirement package to serve as Vice President under the second Bush administration. As such, Cheney was considered the most influential Vice President in White House history, as he actively and openly influenced White House policy, particularly surrounding foreign policy, environmental policy, and the treatment of prisoners of war. After the Bush administration, Cheney left public office; he maintains homes in Wyoming, Virginia, and the Eastern Shore of Maryland.