Wealthy in the White House: President Trump’s Inner Circle
President Trump has surrounded himself with an extraordinarily wealthy group of advisers, who have sprawling assets and income sources.
Here are some intriguing highlights from their financial disclosure forms:
Gary D. Cohn
The director of the National Economic Council and a former Goldman Sachs executive, he is among the wealthiest of the president’s advisers, with assets worth as much as $611 million. He owns stock in Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, McDonald’s and the food giant Kraft Heinz, and has at least $191.1 million in Goldman-related holdings. He and his wife reported at least $48 million to $78 million in income last year.
She is best known for her once-ubiquitous cable television appearances, but Ms. Conway has earned significant money through speechmaking and consulting. Among the groups that paid her last year were the National RIfle Association, the National Right to Life Committee, the Tea Party Patriots and the Center for Medical Progress, an anti-abortion group that gained notoriety in 2015 when it secretly recorded a video that purported to show Planned Parenthood officials trying to profit from the sale of fetal tissue. She and her husband, a lawyer, are worth at least $11 million to $44 million, the records show.
His real estate interests are vast — with properties in New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Indiana and Maryland — but he still carries a lot of debt.
Mr. Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, has at least $19 million worth of debt from various banks, as well as $115,000 worth of debt on two Visa credit cards, at a 13.74 percent interest rate. He and his wife, Ivanka Trump, are beneficiaries of a real estate and investment portfolio worth as much as $740 million.
Mr. Kushner also reported $4.5 million in advertising revenue from The New York Observer LLC, the New York media company that he reportedly put into a family trust this year.
The lifestyle of the former “Apprentice” contestant is modest compared with some of her wealthy colleagues. She held positions as an adjunct professor at Howard University in Washington and as a substitute teacher for children with disabilities in Los Angeles into 2016.
She is also a partial beneficiary of a trust of at least $3 million from the estate of her deceased fiancé, the actor Michael Clarke Duncan.
And at 43, she still has at least $50,000 in student loan debt.
The president’s press secretary, now a household name because of the attention generated by his news conferences — and subsequent parodies on shows like “Saturday Night Live” — earned rent or royalties from four properties in Alexandria, Va. He is connected to two family trusts: one that includes three properties in Rhode Island worth at least $1 million and another that includes two commercial properties in Madison, Ala., worth at least $500,000.
His assets include stocks of at least $15,000 of Coca-Cola; $50,000 of McDonald’s; $15,000 of Verizon; $15,000 of AT&T; $1,000 in Las Vegas Sands Corp., a company owned by the casino magnate Sheldon Adelson; and $1,000 in Exxon Mobil.
K. T. McFarland
A onetime typist in the Nixon White House, she is now among Mr. Trump’s affluent advisers, with assets worth between $9 million and $28 million. Ms. McFarland, the deputy national security adviser, earned $63,000 last year from Fox News and $125,000 from speeches she gave to various trade and business groups like American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, Air Movement and Control Association, and the Associated Equipment Distributors. Over all, she and her husband made between $377,000 and $634,000 last year.
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