he richest politicians in the US are a mix of senators, House members, governors, and a president.
The richest politicians in the US are a mix of senators, House members, governors, and a president.
Aside from those who married into or inherited the majority of their wealth, most of these politicians made their mark by creating and running companies in a variety of industries, including software, health care services, private equity, corporate turnarounds, and worker training.
See below for a list of the 15 wealthiest US politicians as of April 2018.
Within the US, the 15 wealthiest politicians in office as of April 18, 2018, include one senator, five billionaires, six governors, seven House members - and a president.
It's interesting to note that four of the five billionaires on the list are governors. The Economist called the current Illinois governor's race a "yacht primary."
The contest, which has also been described as "billionaire vs. billionaire," pits J.B. Pritzker ($3.5 billion), the venture capitalist, Hyatt Hotel heir, and wealthiest politician currently running for office, against Bruce Rauner ($1 billion - $2 billion), the incumbent Illinois governor who made his fortune in private equity.
Other wealthy politicians running for office this year include Senate candidate Phil Bredesen ($88.9 million - $358 million), as well as US Rep. Diane Black ($38 million), who recently gave up her role as House Budget Committee Chairman (but not her seat in Congress) to compete in Tennessee's 2018 gubernatorial primary. And in Texas, health care executive Tahir Javed is competing to be a US Rep by financing his own campaign.
Here are the 15 wealthiest politicians currently in office in the US: