Last Updated: December 21, 2023
Richest PoliticiansRepublicans
Net Worth:
-$150 Million
May 28, 1944 (79 years old)
East Flatbush
5 ft 9 in (1.76 m)
Politician, Lawyer, Businessperson, Actor, Public speaker
United States of America
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What is Rudy Giuliani's Net Worth?

Rudy Giuliani is an American politician and inactive lawyer who has a net worth of -$150 million. On December 21, 2023 Rudy Giuliani filed for bankruptcy. The filing came days after he wasordered to pay $148 million in damages to two Georgia election workers who sued him for defamation. The $148 million included $75 million in punitive damages, $40 million for emotional distress and $16 million for defamation. In his bankruptcy filing Rudy reported to have assets worth between $1 million and $10 million and liabilities of at least $152 million. The Chapter 11 filing allows Rudy to temporarily pause repossession of his assets by the Georgia election workers, but would ultimately not wipe the debt clear if it is shown the damages are connected to "intentional fraud", which is the case with many defamation rulings.

Immediately prior to the $148 million judgement and the subsequent bankruptcy filing, we estimated that Rudy Giuliani's net worth was $1 million. At the time of the judgement, Rudy owned a $6.5 million apartment in New York City and a $4.5 million condo in Florida. He listed the NYC apartment for sale for $6.5 million in August 2023. In October 2023 the IRS placed a lien on the Florida condo after accusing him of failing to pay $550,000 worth of taxes. Furthermore, around the same time of the listing and the lien, Rudy's lawyer's submitted a claim which detailed Rudy's inability to pay their bills.

At his peak, Rudy was worth as much as $100 million. He earned his fortune after leaving politics and forging a highly successful consulting career through his business Giuliani Partners, and as a public speaker. As we detail in the next section, as recently as 2017 Rudy was making nearly $10 million per year from all sources according to his own financial disclosures. Unfortunately, as we describe two sections below, thanks to a divorce, lavish spending and unimaginably legal fees, Rudy has reportedly lost the vast majority of his fortune.

Rudy Giuliani served as Mayor of New York City from 1994 to 2001. Before this, he was the United States Associate Attorney General and the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Later in his career, as part of the personal legal team for Donald Trump, Giuliani gained notoriety for a number of public blunders and attempting to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. Rudy's personal controversies have caused his law license to be suspended in New York.

Financial Disclosures

While he was running for President in 2007, Rudy Giuliani released disclosures that showed his net worth was at least $18 million and could be as high as $70 million. The disclosure showed that Rudy earned $11.4 million in 2006 alone after performing 124 paid speeches. That's a major boost from 2001 when he estimated his net worth at $3 million during his divorce from his second wife, most of which came from a book advance.

Rudy divorce proceedings with Judith Nathan took over a year to finalize. During the divorce fight, we learned a number of interesting facts about the Giuliani's wealth and spending. We learned that the couple maintain six homes and typically spent $230,000 per MONTH to fund their lifestyle. They have 11 country club memberships and Rudy sometimes spends $12,000 PER MONTH on cigars. Immediately after their separation in 2018, Rudy agreed to pay Judith $43,000 per month in support. Judith was seeking an increase to $63,000 per month.

Divorce filings showed that Rudy earned $7.9 million in 2016, $9.5 million in 2017 and $6.8 million in 2018. The vast majority of his earnings have come from speaking fees.

Financial Problems

Rudy's many legal problems, mostly stemming from his actions connected to the 2020 election, have been very expensive. In mid-2023, facing an indictment in Georgia, a defamation lawsuit filed by election workers, a defamation lawsuit from Smartmatic, a defamation lawsuit from Dominion Voting and a $10 million lawsuit from a former employee, Rudy was ordered to pay the election worker defamation plaintiffs $89,000 in legal fees. In an August 2023 his lawyers submitted a filing in which they claimed Giuliani was:

"…having financial difficulties and would like the payment of fees to be tolled until the case is resolved. Giuliani needs more time to pay the attorneys' fees and would like the opportunity to seek an extension from the Court."

As we detail later in this article, around the time of the filing Rudy listed his longtime Manhattan apartment for $6.5 million.

In September 2023 Rudy's lawyers sued him for allegedly failing to pay $1.4 million in legal fees. Later that same month a biographer claimed that Rudy's legal problems and profligate spending had left him "penniless."

Early Life and Education

Rudy Giuliani was born in 1944 in Brooklyn, New York as the only child of working-class parents Harold and Helen. Harold, who had trouble holding down a job, was sentenced to prison in Sing Sing for felony assault and robbery. When he was released, he worked with his brother-in-law, who operated an organized crime-affiliated gambling and loan sharking ring at a Brooklyn restaurant. As a youth, Giuliani attended St. Anne's Catholic school, and later went to Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School. He then enrolled at Manhattan College in the Bronx, where he majored in political science. Following his graduation, Giuliani attended the New York University School of Law, from which he graduated with his JD in 1968.

Giuliani began his political career as a Democrat, volunteering for Robert F. Kennedy's presidential campaign in 1968. Additionally, he worked as a Democratic Party committeeman on Long Island.

After graduating from law school, Giuliani clerked for Judge Lloyd Francis MacMahon, United States Judge for the Southern District of New York. Later, after switching from a Democrat to an Independent in 1975, he served in the Ford administration as the Associate Deputy Attorney General. From 1977 to 1981, Giuliani practiced law at the Patterson, Belknap, Webb and Tyler firm. During this time, following the election of Ronald Reagan, Giuliani switched his party affiliation again from Independent to Republican. In 1981, he was named Associate Attorney General in the Reagan administration, and in 1983, became US Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Giuliani began gaining prominence in this position due to his many high-profile cases, including his prosecution of drug dealers and organized crime.

One of Giuliani's most famous cases was the Mafia Commission Trial, which ran from 1985 to 1986. As the lead federal prosecutor, he indicted 11 organized crime figures on charges of racketeering, extortion, and murder for hire. Another highly publicized case involved Wall Street arbitrageur Ivan Boesky, who was accused of insider trading; this case led to the prosecution of junk bond trader Michael Milken, who was also implicated in the scheme.

Rudy Giuliani Net Worth

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Mayoral Career

Following a failed campaign for Mayor of New York City in 1989, Giuliani succeeded in 1993, and was reelected in 1997. With his platform of cracking down on crime, he spearheaded the controversial "civic cleanup" of the city between 1994 and 2001. In particular, Giuliani focused on eliminating panhandlers and sex clubs from Times Square, aiming for a return to the area's earlier focus on business and the arts. To do this, he and newly appointed police commissioner William Bratton went after low-level crimes, using the theory of "broken windows policing" to target visible signs of social disorder. While crime rates fell, Giuliani also drew backlash for his policies, which were considered to disproportionately target racial minorities.

As mayor in 2001, Giuliani was widely celebrated for his response to the September 11 terrorist attacks. Many people praised his leadership role, causing his approval rating to improve drastically. Giuliani became known at the time as "America's mayor"; moreover, he was named Time magazine's Person of the Year, and was granted an honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II in 2002. Despite these honors, Giuliani was later criticized for downplaying the residual health effects of the attacks, and for his eagerness to reopen Wall Street.

Post-Mayoral Career

In 2002, Giuliani founded the security consulting business Giuliani Partners. Three years later, he joined a law firm that was eventually renamed Bracewell & Giuliani. On the political front, Giuliani ran a losing campaign for the Republican Party's 2008 presidential nomination.

Personal Lawyer of Donald Trump

In April of 2018, Giuliani joined the personal legal team of Donald Trump. He soon gained enormous notoriety for his actions, in particular for engaging in corruption and profiteering on the president's behalf. Toward the end of 2019, he was placed under federal investigation for violating lobbying laws, and for serving as a central figure in the Trump-Ukraine scandal. Following Biden's presidential victory in November of 2020, Giuliani represented Trump in numerous ludicrous lawsuits in an effort to overturn the election results. Famously, he appeared in a bizarre press conference held between a landscaping business and a sex shop, and made a surfeit of false and debunked claims about election fraud, rigged voting machines, and a global communist conspiracy. Along with his many lies, he was involved in spurring on the right-wing rioters who stormed the US Capitol on January 6, 2021. Consequently, Giuliani's license to practice law was revoked in New York State and the District of Columbia.

Personal Life

Giuliani has been married three times and has two children. In 1968 he married second-cousin, Regina Peruggi. Even though they did not divorce until 1983, the pair were separated in the mid 70s.

His second wife was Donna Hanover, with whom he has two children, son Andrew and daughter Caroline. Rudy and Donna filed for divorce in 2000 and had a very public battle which included Giuliani's infidelities with future wife Judith Nathan, who was banned from meeting his children until the divorce was final. He and Nathan were married in 2010 after his battle with prostate cancer. They separated in September 2018. Following this, Giuliani revealed he was in a relationship with nurse practitioner Maria Ryan, who was alleged to be his mistress during his marriage to Nathan.

Manhattan Apartment

In 2002 Rudy paid an undisclosed amount for a 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom apartment on E 66th Street in New York. The unit comes with a $10,719 monthly HOA fee. This is the property that was searched in 2021 by the FBI. Rudy listed this unit for sale in August 2023 for $6.5 million.

Palm Beach Home

In 2010, Rudy and his then-wife Judith paid $1.4 million for a two-bedroom condo in Palm Beach, Florida. After their split in 2019, they listed this unit for sale for $3.3 million. They did not accept any offers and Rudy appears to own this unit on his own today. In October 2023 the IRS reportedly placed a lien on this condo after accusing him of failing to pay $550,000 worth of taxes.

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