As Jeb Bush sets to be the next Bush to reside as this country’s president, he has released 33 years of tax returns that reveal he’s worth his fair share of dead presidents.
While Jeb Bush made a decent living as governor, his true million-dollar annual earnings came from his work as a paid advisor and also through speaking arrangements. According to CNN, Bush made $10 million “speaking to such diverse groups and companies as General Motors, Stanford University and The Fertilizer Institute” between 2007 and 2018 in a total of 260 speeches.
Bush released his returns in a move to appear to be one of the more transparent candidates in the race.
The most interesting reveal from Bush’s tax documents is that as soon as he left office with a net worth of just over $1 million in 2007, his net worth soared to between $19 million and $22 million, a nearly 800% increase.
In his best year, Bush clocked in at an annual earning of $7.3 million in 2013, the last year for which data is available.
Also revealed is that Bush paid 40 percent of his income to taxes, making his taxes on his 2013 earnings over $2 million. Despite high net worth being typically seen as a hard-to-relate-to quality in political candidates during these financially uncertain times, Bush’s honesty about his earnings and taxes is likely to get him respect.
It’s not surprising Bush made a majority of his earnings in public speaking arrangements seeing as many high-profile individuals make good money this way.