Who is Bernie Sanders?
Bernie Sanders is an American Politician. He has served as Junior United States senator from Vermont since 2007. He has also represented Vermont for the state’s at-large congressional district from 1991 to 2007. He served as mayor of Burlington (Vermont) before getting selected for Congress.
Bernie Sanders is the only independent who has served this long in the history of US congressional history. Bernie is profoundly known for his opposition to economic inequality and neoliberalism. Bernie is a democratic socialist and supports various causes including labor rights, universal and single-payer health care, paid parental leaves, tuition-free tertiary fees, and also backing Green New Deal to create jobs addressing climate change.
Bernie Sanders Net Worth Before and After Politics:
Sanders has always been a critic of the rich in America but now is a well-off himself. His current net worth is estimated to be $2.5 million, which he earned from investing in real estate, government pensions, and earning from his 3 best-selling books.
According to Industry tracker NPD book scan, he pulled $1.7 million from the series of his books including “Our Revolution” (220,000 copies sold), “Bernie Sanders Guide to Political Revolution” (27,000 copies sold), and “Where We Go from Here;” “Two Years In The Resistance” (22,000 copies sold).
Sanders also got a 6 figure annual salary since he joined Congress in 1991. His current salary is $174,000.
Before getting elected to Congress, he used to run a small business of producing film strips. For serving as mayor, he also gets $480 a month from the city pension, which is approximately $50,000.
According to Forbes, Bernie Sanders owns cash investments worth $500,000, Government pensions $700,000, and real estate worth $1,300,000.
Let’s have a look at more details of Bernie Sanders’ net worth.
|Net Worth:||$3 million|
|Date of Birth:||8 September 1941|
|Home Town:||New York|
|Political Party:||Independent (1971-1979), Political Party Democratic (1979-2020)|
|Wife:||Jane O’ Meara Sanders|
|Ex-wife:||Deborah Shiling (1964-1966)|
|Parents:||Mother Dorothy Sanders and Father Elias Sanders|
|Source of Fame:||Politics and Books|
Sanders was born in a Jewish family on September 8, 1941, in Brooklyn. His father Elias Ben Yehuda Sanders migrated to the US from Austria-Hungary (now Poland) and became a paint salesman.
Sanders watched his parents fight for money often. Though they never had a lack of food and clothes, they never had enough money to spend on rugs and curtains. Several incidents in life attracted him to politics from a very early age. He did different jobs including a preschool teacher and carpenter before getting elected as a mayor of Burlington.
Sanders did his high school at James Madison High School and did his graduation from the University of Chicago in Political Science in 1964. The classroom was boring and irrelevant for him and he has been a mediocre student throughout his student life. According to him, the community was more important to his education.
Sander’s Nomination in Democratic Presidential Election in 2016-2020:
Bernie Sanders was the major candidate for the Democratic Presidential Election for 2016 and 2020. Though the initial expectations of Sanders’s victory were very low his 2016 campaign managed to generate significant enthusiasm from people and small-dollar donors led to his victory against Hillary Clinton in 23 primaries and caucuses. This victory made him the front runner in the history of democratic candidates.
Bernie Sanders’s as Opposition:
Sanders’s policies are popular because he mostly addresses domestic issues and speaks in favor of the masses.
- Sanders opposed George W. Bush’s administration and the Republican Party by voting against the Iraq War. He also opposed the tax cuts that benefit privileged ones of the society whether an individual or a corporation. He also opposed the cuts in spending for social welfare programs.
- Sanders also supported the campaign of finance reforms and proposed stricter regulations on Wall Street.
Interesting Facts about Bernie Sanders:
- He was arrested in Chicago in 1963, for protesting racial inequality and got a fine of $25 upon resisting arrest.
- His mother died when he was 18 and his father passed away when he was 20.
- He was just one step above hand to mouth till his 30s.
- Sanders won the mayor election by 10 votes
- His first annual salary as mayor was $33,824.
- His second wife was a divorcee with 3 kids.
- He declined to endorse his stepdaughter’s bid for mayor of Burlington.
- His elder brother Larry is also a politician.
- Sanders does not have apps on his phone.
- He owns 3 houses and drives a red Chevrolet Aveo.
Bernie Sanders stands up for ordinary people and is considered as passionate, intelligent, progressive, and genuine by his fans. Let us know about your opinions on the life of Bernie Sanders and his net worth as he has always been a fierce critic of opulence.