Michael Bloomberg – $42.7 Billion
This business magnate is the sixth wealthiest person in the country! Bloomberg, who served three consecutive terms as Mayor of New York City, is the founder, owner, and CEO of Bloomberg L.P., a global financial services, mass media, and software company.
Nancy Pelosi – $100 Million
With her long and storied career, it’s no wonder Nancy Pelosi made this list of top earners! She served as Speaker of the House from 2007 until 2011 and became the highest-ranking female politician in US history. She’s currently the House Minority Leader.
Darrell Issa – $464 Million
Issa’s served as a representative for California’s 49th congressional district since 2001! His riches were grown in part from his time as the CEO of Directed Electronics, an auto parts and accessories company that he also co-founded.
John Kerry – $236 Million
It’s no surprise that Secretary of State John Kerry was one of the top earners in 2016! His riches come primarily from his quarter-century-long career as a US senator, as well as from his wife – Theresa Heinz Kerry is an heiress to the Heinz ketchup fortune!
David Koch – $43.9 Billion
In 1980, Koch ran as the vice presidential candidate for the Libertarian Party. He’s earned his whopping amount of riches from Koch Industries, his family business that remains the second-largest privately held company in the nation – he’s now an executive vice president.
Mark Dayton – $1.6 Billion
Governor of Minnesota Mark Dayton has a line of fortune that traces back to his great-grandfather, the original founder of a department store now known as Target!
Mitt Romney – $250 Million
Romney served as the Governor of Massachusetts from 2003 until 2007. Previously, he served as the CEO of Bain & Company before co-founding and leading the spin-off company Bain Capital, one of the largest private equity investment firms in the country.
Bill Haslam – $2.5 Billion
Haslam, Governor of Tennessee, is an heir to the Flying K truck stop chain. Prior to politics, he worked in business for Pilot Corporation, which his father founded. He was also a consultant at Saks Fifth Avenue and co-owns the Tennessee Smokies.
Mark Warner – $257.5 Million
This senior US senator from Virginia has held his seat since 2009, following his run as the state’s governor from 2002 until 2006. Much of his wealth can be attributed to the telecom boom of the 1980s, as he founded Columbia Capital.
Donald Trump – $3.7 Billion
Though Trump won’t officially be our president until his inauguration, his 2016 presidential victory earns him a spot on our list. Trump’s staggering wealth can be attributed to being born into riches, his real estate investments, and from his brand value.
Dianne Feinstein – $70 Million
Feinstein serves as California’s current senior senator – she’s had a Senate seat since 1992! Prior to that, she served as the Mayor of San Francisco from 1978 until 1988.
Vern Buchanan – $89 Million
Buchanan, who’s represented the 16th district of Florida since 2013 after serving the 13th district since 2007, has a high wealth that stems from his holdings in numerous business ventures, including several Florida automotive dealerships.
Jared Polis – $197.9 Million
Not only is Polis one of the youngest politicians who serves for the US Congress, he’s also one of the richest. Prior to representing Colorado’s 2nd congressional district, he grew his wealth as an entrepreneur and founded American Information Systems, among others.
John Delaney – $154.6 Million
Delaney has served as the representative for Maryland’s 6th congressional district since 2013. His riches can likely be credited to the numerous companies he’s founded, which are now listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
Rick Scott – $133 Million
This outspoken Florida governor’s riches grew from $83.8 million to $133 in just about three years! Much of his wealth can be credited to working in the for-profit healthcare industry, as he co-founded what is now Columbia/HCA.
Michael McCaul – $143.2 Million
Congressman McCaul represents the 10th congressional district of Texas, of which he’s served since 2005. And since the beginning of the 113th Congress, he’s served as Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security. Previously, he worked in law.
Scott Peters – $112.5 Million
Peters is a member of the US House of Representatives, representing California’s 52nd congressional district since 2013. Previously, he served two terms on the San Diego City Council from 2000 until 2008.
Bruce Rauner – $100 Million
This businessman and politician became the Governor of Illinois back in January 2015. He plans to run again for the same position in 2018! Rauner also established his own venture capital firm, R8 Capital partners.
Richard Blumenthal – $104 Million
Blumenthal is the current senior senator from Connecticut. Previously, he served as the state’s attorney general from 1991 until 2011.