Al Gore now richer than Mitt Romney
With the sale of Current TV, the former vice president's fortune is pegged at more than $300 million.
A lot has changed for former Vice President Al Gore, who left the White House with a reported $1.9 million net worth.
That puts his net worth well ahead of that of former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who has an estimated fortune of $230 million and was often mocked for being out of touch with ordinary Americans during the election.
Gore's wealth accumulation began soon after he left the White House in 2001. Apple (AAPL) tapped him in 2003 to serve on its board, and the former vice president held more than 100,000 shares and options in the tech company as of Dec. 17, according to a regulatory filing. That makes Gore's stake worth more than $56 million, based on Apple's recent trading price.
Google hired Gore to serve as a senior adviser on environmental issues in 2001, a role he held for three years. He doesn't have a formal financial relationship with the company currently, Forbes.com reports.
Gore also has his hand in a global investment company called Generation Investment Management, which he founded in 2004 with ex-Goldman Sachs (GS) executive David Blood. Together, Blood and Gore have reportedly built a company with assets under management of more than $6 billion.
The truth is, serving in the White House often proves beneficial to a person's financial health.
Take a look at former President Bill Clinton, who since leaving the White House has built a net worth of about $38 million, helped by income as an author and public speaker. He's able to command speaking fees of more than $700,000, although more typically he is paid in the $500,000 range for his public events, reports CNN.com.
Still, Gore's new wealth may strike some people as being at odds with his image as an environmental do-gooder.
Conservative television host Bill O'Reilly condemned Gore as a hypocrite, citing a report that he wanted to sell Current TV to Al-Jazeera before higher taxes kicked in on Jan. 1.
Other people have pointed out that Current's sale to Al-Jazeera, which is backed by Qatar, "reeks of irony," given Qatar's oil-based economy, which might not jibe with Gore's environmental message from "An Inconvenient Truth."
Gore's net worth might not be as high as Forbes estimates: Bloomberg, for one, pegged his profit at $70 million from the Current TV sale. If that's the case, his net worth might be only $270 million or so -- but that's still higher than Romney's.
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last i reckoned we all have western toilets here. ....and ...canning dispenseries for the youngins
videa games for the youth, tv screen cinemas for the publics ...?
mac dennies when ye's feelin hungrah ...ye old merchants of cotton n wool
automated reckinin ball machines to doze the unexpecteds and complacent spectators
i was figurin we had got it alot in so meny ways we ought not to know when not to shut up an do some think overs
Maybe Senator Reid could tell us how much the ex-VP pays in taxes! Even better how much in charity
Maybe al can thank the president for my MIDDLE CLASS tax increase!
"During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet."
- Al Gore
I figured he would be worth more than 300 million if he did this...
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