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Although the president and the highest-ranking legislators zip around on Air Force One under the watchful eye of the Secret Service while en route to lavish fundraisers that command six figures per plate, people don’t go into public service to get rich. Most public servants — including elected officials — make humble salaries that afford them average lives.
Some politicians, however, are as famous and instantly recognizable as pro athletes and A-list actors — and they have net worths that are as big or bigger than those of even the most celebrated stars. Here’s a look at what some of the most famous politicians are worth, from those who are just comfortable to the ultra-rich.
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The progressive firebrand popularly known as AOC rose from humble roots to national political fame after becoming the youngest woman ever elected to Congress at the age of 29. A former bartender, N.Y. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez successfully primaried an entrenched and powerful Democratic incumbent in one of the biggest upsets of the 2018 midterms. With a net worth of $100,000, she’s one of the few members of Congress whose personal fortune is less than the $174,000 that the position pays to all but the top leadership.
According to public records from 2017-18 published by Reuters, AOC had less than $15,000 in a checking account, brokerage account, and 401k at that time, and earned $21,875 from her 2018 congressional campaign. The year before, she earned $3,588 at the New York City restaurant where she worked.
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Public office has been good to the private finances of Ron DeSantis, the Florida governor who made himself a rising star in the GOP by molding his politics in the image of Donald Trump. DeSantis reported a net worth of $348,832 on the very last day of 2020, an increase of more than $57,000 from the $291,449 he reported one year earlier at the end of 2019, according to public records published by the South Florida Sun Sentinel. Ron DeSantis’ salary is $134,181 per year.
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The first millionaire on this list is a democratic socialist who earned his political celebrity through decades of battling economic inequity and calling out the corruption of the ruling class. Bernie Sanders — whose 2016 presidential …….