Mark Warner – $300 Million
Mark Warner has been into politics from an early age as he was class president in high school. Today, the one-time governor of Virginia represents the state at the U.S. Senate, a position that comes with a $174K annual salary. Most wealthy politicians are wealthy by virtue of money made before office, and Warner is no exception.
In case you’re wondering how the senator made his $300 million fortune, look no further than telecommunication. He founded Columbia Capital, a venture capital firm that struck gold with early investments in companies like Nextel. Warner is known for offering private label wine grown on his farm at charity auctions and in July 2021, at a closed-door meeting with colleagues.
Melania Trump – $50 Million
Starting as a model and businesswoman in some of Europe’s fashion capitals, Melania Trump worked her way to New York City in 1996. She became the First Lady of The United States from 2017 to 2021. Trump’s time away from politics surely now has her attention focused on her only son, Barron Trump, as well as her business.
Her fortune is estimated to be $50 million. The shrewd former first lady established a jewelry and cosmetics business thanks to her links with the fashion industry. In November 2021, the “Log Cabin Republicans,” a pro-LGBTQ organization, honored her with the Spirit of Lincoln Award.