The Net Worths Of All 24 Democratic Candidates For President

By on July 6, 2019 in ArticlesEntertainment

If it feels like a lot of Democrats have thrown their proverbial hats into the ring – the race for the presidency – that's because they have. Are you a democrat free of felonies? You might as well run too – that's how crazy it is that some of these candidates are even wasting the time and money on their campaigns. The mayor of Miramar, Florida? Really? There are like 100,000 people there. Same with South Bend, but Pete Buttigieg has a platform. He has no chance, but at least we have our first married gay man in the race, right?

Contrary to popular belief, you don't have to have a lot of money to run for president. In fact, some of these candidates actually have a negative net worth. What? Seriously though, the real game to play or bet to make is who will drop out of the race first.

Some of the figures below are estimates as only the 17 Democrats who have recently been in Congress or run for federal office have filed personal financial disclosure forms. Those forms, however, are only required to report a range of figures, not exact amounts.

The net worth of the 24 candidates range from Eric Swalwell's negative net worth (due to student loan debt, of course), to Representative John Delaney's $232 million. Here's everything we know right now about the net worth and finances of all 24 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.

Beto O'Rourke (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

Michael Bennet

Net Worth: $16 million

Why: Michael Bennet made his money working as an executive at the Anschutz Company. Anschutz is a private holding company with stakes in mass media, entertainment sports, telecommunications, energy, and transportation.

Joe Biden

Net Worth: $4 million

Why: When Joe Biden left the White House, he had a negative net worth in part due to the medical bills from his late son Beau Biden's battle with cancer. Since then, he and his wife Dr. Jill Biden have made millions from a book deal and speaking engagements.

Bill de Blasio

Net Worth: $1.5 million

Why: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio earns $285,000 annually. He has additional income from rental properties he owns.

Cory Booker

Net Worth: $3 million

Why: Cory Booker co-founded video sharing technology company Waywire in 2012 but later resigned. Outside of his $174,000 Senate salary, Cory Booker has earned a little over $1 million in royalties from his book "United". He earned $325,000 in royalties in 2016 and $400,000 in 2015. According to his 2017 wealth disclosure, Cory reported $550,000 in assets, mostly in brokerage accounts.

Steve Bullock

Net Worth: unknown

Why: According to his 2016 tax returns, Governor Steve Bullock and his wife earned $1.6 million between 2005 and 2014. Do the math. That isn't all that impressive. That's about $160,000 a year between both of them. Of course, he's in Montana where you get more for your money.

Pete Buttigieg

Net Worth:  unknown

Why: The Mayor of South Bend, Indiana earns an annual salary of $104,000. He will also receive royalties on his recently published memoir Shortest Way Home.

Julian Castro

Net worth: unknown

Why: According to 2017 financial disclosures, Julian Castro has between $138,000 and $470,000 in assets.

John Delaney

Net Worth: $180 million

Why: Delaney is one of the wealthiest members of Congress and is the only former CEO of a publicly traded company. Delaney founded two New York Stock Exchange-listed companies before the age of 40. In 1993, he co-founded Health Care Financial Partners, which makes loans available to smaller heath care service providers, and in 2000 he co-founded Capital Source, a commercial lending company.

Tulsi Gabbard

Net worth: $208,504

Why: Tulsi Gabbard is the Representative for Hawaii's 2nd congressional  district. She is the first Samoan American and the first Hindu member of Congress.

Kristen Gillibrand

Net Worth: $600,000

Why: Kristen Gillibrand served as a member of the U.S House of Representatives from New York's 20th district from January 2007 to January 2009. She became a United States Senator from New York in January 2009. Kirsten Gillibrand held positions in government and private practice and worked on Hillary Clinton's U.S. Senate campaign.

Kamala Harris

Net Worth: $4 million

Why: According to her 2015 Congressional finance disclosure, Kamala Harris' net worth was roughly $3.31 million. The vast majority of her net worth is attributable to her husband Douglas Emhoff who is a partner at DLA Piper Law Firm working out of their California and D.C. offices focusing on entertainment and intellectual property law. On her own, Harris has a net worth of about $391,000.

John Hickenlooper

Net Worth: unknown

Why: Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper's net worth is not known, but in 2007, he sold a stake in his chain of breweries and restaurants for $5.8 million.

Jay Inslee

Net Worth: unknown

Why: Washington Governor Jay Inslee's most recent tax returns shows he earn $170,000 a year and receives $43,000 a year from his congressional pension.

Amy Klobuchar

Net Worth: $1.5 million

Why: Amy's biggest asset is a Vanguard investment account that is worth $250,000. She owns a similar Fidelity account that's worth $175,000. Going back to 2006, her net worth has ranged from a low of $465,000 in 2009 to its current high of $1.5 million. She and her husband earned a combined total of $299,000 in 2018.

Wayne Messam

Net Worth: unknown

Why: The Mayor of Miramar, Florida earns an annual salary of $43,000. His home is worth a bit over $500,000.

Seth Moulton

Net worth: $71,000

Why: In 2015, Seth Moulton reported assets ranging from $25,027 to $377,000 and liabilities from $1 to $2 million.

Beto O'Rourke

Net Worth: $9 million

Why: Beto O'Rourke's mother ran a successful business for decades. His wife Amy is the heiress to a local real estate fortune.

Tim Ryan

Net worth: Impossible to calculate, likely negative

Why: Tim Ryan's latest personal finance disclosures were file in 2017. It reported assets between $85,000 and $276,000 and liabilities between $215,000 and $500,000.

Bernie Sanders

Net Worth: $2 million

Why: Bernie Sanders has made $2 million from sales of his books. He has not yet released his tax returns, despite seeking the Democratic nomination for president in 2016.

Eric Swalwell

Net worth: -$10,000 to $149,000

Why: Student loan and credit card debt. We feel you, Eric Swalwell.

Elizabeth Warren

Net Worth: $8 million

Why: In April 2019 Elizabeth released 15 years worth of tax returns that showed she has made a small fortune selling books. In 2018 Warren and her husband's total income was $846,000. Since 2013 she has earned $3 million in book royalties and advances. Their income spiked to an all-time high of $1.5 million in 2014, the year her memoir A Fighting Chance was released.

Marianne Williamson

Net Worth: unknown

Why: Marianne Williamson first ran for Congress in 2014. Her personal disclosure at the time showed assets of $957,000 to $4.5 million

Andrew Yang

Net Worth: unknown

Why: The Venture for America founder's 2016 tax returns show an annual salary of $285,000. He has never run for office and has not filed financial disclosures regarding his assets and liabilities.

Articles Written by Amy Lamare
Amy Lamare is a Los Angeles based writer covering business, technology, entertainment, philanthropy, and pop culture. She spent 8 1/2 years covering the entertainment industry for www.hsx.com. She has written for Los Angeles Magazine, Your Tango, Thinknum Media, and various airline magazines. Follow her on Facebook. Amy's favorite self-made billionaire is Sara Blakely.
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