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January 9th, 2013 07:11 PM
Al Gore richer than Romney
Here’s a fun fact for this weekend's dinner party: Al Gore is likely now worth more than Mitt Romney.
The former Vice President sold his Current TV network to Al Jazeera for a reported $500 million last week, a move that will make him worth at least $300 million, according to an estimation by Forbes. That’s more than Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who is worth about $250 million, according to a September estimate from Bloomberg.
If the Forbes guess proves true, it would likely come as a surprise to many. Since losing the controversial 2000 election to George W. Bush, Gore has probably become best known for his environmental activism, not his money (he left office with somewhere between $780,000 and $1.9 million to his name, according to MarketWatch). But he’s quietly made other moves to increase his wealth all the while -- like launching Current TV, joining Apple’s board of directors and starting an investment management firm.
Romney, on the other hand, is famous for being super-rich. Before his political career, Romney made millions working as CEO of private equity firm Bain Capital. And he’s still making money off his role there through his retirement investments. It’s possible the former Massachusetts governor may even have more money than the $250 million number that’s been widely floated around. Columnist William D. Cohan notes that that’s an estimate provided to the media by his campaign and that Romney has made it tough to figure out the exact amount of his wealth.
All of this money proved rife for criticism during Romney’s presidential run. A video of Romney telling a private room of super-rich major donors that Obama voters only supported the President because they are “dependent on government” fueled criticisms that the Republican candidate was out of touch.
Since losing the presidential election, Romney has returned to the corporate elite, rejoining the board of directors at Marriott International for a third time.
January 9th, 2013 07:14 PM
And how many gazillions did he make off of his fairy tale of global warming?
January 9th, 2013 08:15 PM
So does gore have a car elevator now?
January 9th, 2013 08:17 PM
Of course he his...He invented the internet...that's gotta make him a Trillionaire by now, with all the **** that's on the net.
January 9th, 2013 08:19 PM
He got rid of tipper too so she won't be cramping his style with ****.
January 10th, 2013 02:56 AM
Tipper gets none of the reported 100 million he made off this sale too, correct? I wonder now. Obviously losing to W set him on a different path....would he trade all this money to have been President now?
January 10th, 2013 05:12 AM
Gore is not running for President.
January 10th, 2013 05:13 AM
Gore NEVER said he invented the internet.
January 10th, 2013 05:14 AM
January 10th, 2013 06:55 AM
al dumped tipper? hadn't heard that....
wonder how much taxes al will pay on that sale....
surely he'll pay his fair share....right?
January 10th, 2013 07:40 AM
Not sure who dumped who. I always like her. She got a bad rap because of the music censorship business, but that was really much ado about nothing IMHO.
In June 2010, the Gores announced their marital separation, "a mutual and mutually supportive decision that we have made together following a process of long and careful consideration." In August 2012, the New York Times reported that both Gores were dating other people and have no plans to resume marriage, but that their "bond endures" and their relationship is friendly. "The couple reunites a few times a year, most recently in June, for summer family vacations and Christmases in the Gore family seat of Carthage, Tenn," the newspaper reported.
January 10th, 2013 09:27 AM
January 10th, 2013 09:43 AM
Um, wrong again. In no way could you classify it as a "fairy tale", seeing as all our science generally supports it.
Even if it's too big for us to understand or study fully, you can't call it's a fairy tale.
January 10th, 2013 10:31 AM
So how come whenever those opposed want to debate the believers - including the Goracal - they run like scared schoolgirls? How many years ago was it that everyone was running for the hills because things were getting colder? What has really come of all this except for a lot of people putting a lot of our money in their pockets?
I'm the first to admit that what we do on this planet has a bearing on what happens. Someone should talk to China and India about that. Do I think that the gas engine and some Big Mac containers are driving us over the cliff? No. do I believe it warrants the government taking a stranglehold over our lives and regulating us to death? No. How's that curly light bulb working out?
Although we need to do what we can to be good to the planet the Earth is a tough old broad. What's that one stat - there was more crap spewed into the air with Mt. St. Helens than from all the cars on the planet? Something like that.
January 10th, 2013 11:02 AM
Lets just say it is a solid mix of fact and fairy tale. The biggest fairy tale aspect of it is that the "believers" actually give a shit about the environment. They dont care about the environment any more or less than anyone else. What they care about is having a moral justification to administer their pre-ordained "solution" which is more taxes, more regulation, more government, more collectivism, more wealth-redistrobution, and less freedom. It is remarkably the same "solution" that they present for every problem, real or imagined.
Last edited by Sancho; January 10th, 2013 at 11:38 AM.