In today's New Hampshire primary there are no poor people among the front-runners. According to financial disclosures filed by the candidates, and to analyses of those filings by watchdog groups and news organizations, none of the six Republicans is worth much less than $2 million. Some, including Romney and Huntsman, have a great deal more money. As for the front-running Democrat on the ballot—President Obama—he, too, is worth over $2 million. Click at right to see the entire list.
|Mitt Romney, Former Governor of Massachusetts|
Romney's August 12 financial disclosures for the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) show him to have a net worth of between $190 and $250 million, making him by far the richest of the Republicans still standing. Successful in his own right as a venture capitalist, he didn't exactly pull himself up by his bootstraps: His father was president of American Motors. The candidate's holdings include between $250,000 and $500,000 worth of horses.
|Jon Huntsman, Former Ambassador to China, Former Governor of Utah|
Huntsman's OGE filing for August 30th shows a net worth somewhere between $16 million and $105 million. Forbes estimates it as $50 million. The candidate stands to become significantly richer when his father dies: The elder Huntsman, founder of global chemical manufacturer Huntsman Corp, has a net worth estimated by Forbes at over $900 million.
|Newt Gingrich, Former Speaker of the House|
Gingrich's prime money-making years began in 1999, after his resignation from Congress. He started a profitable consulting practice, The Gingrich Group, which reportedly earned in excess of $1.6 million from contracts with mortgage giant Freddie Mac. As a lecturer, he earned fees of up to $50,000 per talk. His net worth, according to his Office of Government Ethics filing for July 14, is at least $6.7 million.
|Rick Perry, Governor of Texas|
Perry's net worth--approximately $3 million--includes a one-third interest in a ranch in Haskell, Texas, according to his December 15 OGE filing. Some of his wealth has come from lucrative deals with friends and supporters. In 2007, for example, he made an $800,000 profit by selling land at Horseshoe Bay—a luxury resort outside Austin. The property had originally been sold to him by a friend and fellow Republican Texas politician. Perry made additional profits by selling stock in a company owned by one of his campaign donors. The Securities and Exchange Commission received a complaint about the stock deal but chose not to act.
|Ron Paul, Congressman from Texas|
Watchdog group OpenSecrets.org puts Paul's wealth at between $1.9 million and $5.2 million, making the diminutive doctor the 87th richest member of the House of Representatives. He receives dividends from holdings in gold mining companies and enjoys royalties from best-sellers he has written, including "Liberty Defined," "End the Fed" and "The Revolution: A Manifesto."
|Rick Santorum, Former Pennsylvania Senator|
The former senator has a net worth of up to $2 million according to his August 2 filing with the Office of Government Ethics. He earned some of it working as a commentator for News Corp's Fox News, which paid him just under $240,000 in 2010 and the first six months of 2011. He earned more than $330,000 as a consultant to Consul Energy in Pennsylvania and to two lobbying firms in Washington, D.C.
|Barack Obama, President of the United States|
The first couple's joint tax return shows income last year of $1.73 million, down from $5.5 million the year before, with much of it coming from sales of two of the president's books, "Dreams From my Father" and "The Audacity of Hope." An analysis of the President's financial filings by OpenSecrets.org assigns him a net worth of $2.8 million to $11.8 million. Forbes puts it at $10 million, with the potential for his earning "a lot more after office"—whenever that may be.