So, for those who wonder why we should stay away from the talk of personal finances…..
Ben Carson: The neurosurgeon-turned-presidential candidate reported that he and his wife Cindy earned between $8.9 million and $27 million over a recent 16 months. According to the documents viewed by the Wall Street Journal, Carson delivered 141 paid speeches and earned over $4 million from January 2014 to May 3, when Carson announced his 2016 bid for the White House. The GOP contender also earned between $1.1 million and $6 million in book royalties and between $2 million and $10 million while serving on the boards of Kellogg Co. and Costco Wholesale Corp. Carson drew in an additional $200,000 to $2 million from his work contributing to the Washington Times and Fox News.
John Kasich: Before he was elected Ohio governor in 2010, Kasich spent 10 years at the now-defunct Wall Street investment firm Lehman Brothers and as a commentator on Fox. The former congressman has also written three books. The Ohio governor’s net worth is somewhere between $9 million and $22 million, according to his financial disclosure forms. Like Bush, Kasich earned some of his money from Lehman Brothers. He was also the host of a Fox News show that ended in 2007.
Ted Cruz: The Texas senator has a net worth between $2.4 and $4.7 million, not including his $174,000 per year congressional salary, nor the compensation his wife Heidi received as a Goldman Sachs executive (she took a leave of absence from that job before Cruz launched his bid.) Cruz also received up to $1 million in book royalties from his latest tome, “A Time for Truth.”
Donald Trump: The businessman, real estate developer, and reality television star is by far the wealthiest person in the 2016 bullpen, though it’s tough to pin down an exact number. Trump has claimed his net worth is over $10 billion dollars. Forbes Magazine estimates the actual number is just over $4 billion. And his financial disclosure form says he has assets worth at least $1.5 billion. His income in 2014, according to his campaign, was $362 million.
Marco Rubio: Depending on which source you consult, Marco Rubio’s net worth ranges from $100,000 to a little over $400,000. He’s been worth more in the past, but student loan debts and high spending have kept him from maintaining a higher net worth. Some media sources posit that Rubio may have a spending problem. He has stated it is because he grew up poor. Over the years, he’s also made money working as a lawyer for his wealthy campaign donor, Norman Braman. Rubio has had his fair share of financial mistakes over the years. He paid for some early campaign costs from his personal credit card. And he once accidentally used his Republican Party of Florida credit card for personal purchases. He used the card to repair a family car for $1,000, to spend $135 at a silent auction at a barber shop, and to pay $3,000 for flights to family reunion, The Washington Post reported. He said all these expenses were mistakes and he reimbursed them. His advisers, however, said that his debt-to-income ratio never exceeded 43 percent, which is the rate that the federal government labels as troublesome. Rubio has said that growing up with parents who had so little money to manage didn’t prepare him for handling larger amounts of money.