How many United States Supreme Court millionaires are there in 2013? I see that at least five and maybe as many as eight of the nine current justices are millionaires according to the financial disclosures they are required to file each year.
Unfortunately, since the assets listed on the annual financial disclosure forms are reported in a range of values, it is not possible for any of us to know a precise net worth for any individual member of the United States Supreme Court. In addition, Federal government officials do not have to reveal the value of their personal residences, which can be substantial in the Washington, D.C. area.
Therefore, the figures we get to see are only approximations, leaving much to be desired when it comes to accuracy. Given these limitations, let’s get started and see what we can see on our trip into legal land.
Which Supreme Court Millionaires Have the Most Wealth?
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg appears to have the highest net worth, in a range from $18.1 million to $4.4 million. Justice Stephen Breyer comes in next with a net worth in the range of $17.1 million to $5.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor heads up the next tier with a net worth between $10.3 million and $1.7 million. Chief Justice John Roberts follows her with a net worth of $6.6 million to $2.8 million. Justice Antonin Scalia appears to be in fifth place with $4.2 to $1.9 million in net worth.
Justice Elena Kagan, who became the latest appointment to the Court in 2010, appears to have a net worth of $2.1 million to $815,000. Justice Clarence Thomas falls in the range of $1.8 million to $715,000. Justice Samuel Alioto seems to be in the $1.1 million to $380,000 range.
Justice Anthony Kennedy comes in last with an estimated net worth of $700,000 to $330,000.
More Information About Our Supreme Court Millionaires
These figures and a lot of other highly-interesting details from the disclosure forms have been published by The Center for Public Integrity in an article written by Reity O’Brien. I recommend that you read it. As that author reveals:
Justices make good money, though with their backgrounds they could easily earn much more in the private sector. Roberts, as chief justice, earns $223,500 per year, while the eight associate justices make $213,900.
But there are perks. Judges rake in tens of thousands of dollars from speaking fees, professorships and book deals.
Not all of the benefits are financial.
Though Kennedy was the high court’s least wealthy justice for the third consecutive year, his report indicates that 2012 was a year of jet setting for the moderate judge. Between January and November of last year, Kennedy traveled to Las Vegas, Palm Springs, Aspen, Maui, London and Paris for various speaking and teaching arrangements.
How do you feel about the lives of our nine United States Supreme Court millionaires?