For those who think the Vermont Senator is strapped for cash, they are wrong because he isn’t. The popular independent candidate who catapulted into the spotlight in last American presidential contest when he sought after the Democratic presidential nomination ticket. Though he was defeated by Clinton may not command the net worth that most of his colleagues in the Senate do, but we can agree he run an immensely successful campaign giving sleepless nights to opponents who felt the “Bern”.
This man has made history in the U.S. as he is the longest-serving independent and being a man with some following huge one might wonder what’s the net worth of this socialist politician anyway?
Born in 1941 September 8 in Brooklyn in New York City to two Jewish immigrants from Poland Elias Sanders a paint salesman and Dorothy Sanders. He was raised in a family where they could only afford basic things hence recognizing at an early age America’s economic disparity. He went to school at Brooklyn’s James Madison High School, then went ahead to join Brooklyn College before transferring to the University of Chicago where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1964. At the university, Bernie Sanders was heavily involved in Political activism and civil rights Movements as he was a student organizer for the Congress of Racial Equality, an active member of Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee among other peace and antiwar movements. Some of the issues sanders advocated for were equal rights between the African Americans and the whites, discrimination, police brutality, segregation, peace among other social issues.
Sanders was married to a long-time college friend Deborah Shilling in 1964 although they divorced in 1966 with no children. He went ahead in 1968 to marry Susan Campbell Mott whom they had a son Levi in 1969, and after that, he married his second wife Jane O’Meara in 1988 whom had three children before marriage and considers them as his own. Sanders is an American Jew with strong religious and spiritual feelings.
After finishing college, Bernie went to New York City where he worked on several jobs among them filmmaker, freelance writer, Carpenter, psychiatric aide, Head Start teacher and he also could write articles for The Vermont Freeman. It was till 1971 where Bernie Sanders kickstarted his political career running unsuccessfully for a public office such as the governor of Vermont in 1972 and 1974 and as a senator in 1974 where he could finish third as a candidate of Liberty Union Party.
A taste of victory came in 1981 when Sanders was elected as the mayor of Burlington Vermont a post he held from 1981 to 1989 that’s being reelected three times as an independent candidate defeating both the Democratic and Republican candidates. During his time as a mayor he did so well to an extent he was recognized as one of Americas best mayor and his city regarded as one of the most livable in the U.S.in 1990 Sanders made history in the united states when he was elected as an independent candidate for the Congress as a member of the United States House of Representatives a position he held until he became a senator in 2007.
Sanders was elected Vermont senator in 2007 and reelected in 2012. During his time in Senate Sanders has served on several committees among them Environment & Public works, Education, Pension, Veterans Affairs, Budget, Health, Economic, Labor and Pensions, Energy among others. Sanders dreams were not settled for the Senate post only as he developed presidential ambitions and in 2015 he announced to seek Democratic Party nominations for the President although he lost it to Hillary Clinton who won the nomination. Today this democratic socialist is the chair of the Senate Democratic Outreach committee and still a senator.
Net Worth, Salary & Income
Being a presidential nominee comes with huge financial spending and a lot of questions are raised about the financial capability of a man who was seeking to run against a billionaire for the presidency. According to the Senate financial disclosure Bernie Sanders earned around $1 million in 2016 which came from book royalties to be precise “Our Revolution” earned him $795, 000, “Guide to Political Revolution” has earned him $63,750, “Outsider in the House” book earned him $6,735, “ we shall overcome” folk album earned him $2,521. In 2016 alone sanders made $1,052,000 which is inclusive of salary. It’s estimated that Bernie Sanders net worth is $2 million.
Although Bernie Sanders has built an extreme political prominence, he has not produced a lot of personal wealth for himself, but this is not news considering he is a socialist who consistently criticizes the billionaire’s vast wealth. Bernie Sanders net worth of which has not been indeed described so well we can estimate it ranges around $2 million.