GOP VP Finances: From Under Water to Billionaire
Whitman who lost the 2010 California governor's race by nearly 13 percentage points, will receive a salary at Hewlett-Packard of $1 a year. But she has a $16.5 million compensation package that depends on the HP stock's performance over two years. Whitman, who became famous in the corporate world when she ran the buy-and-sell site eBay, began her business career at Bain Capital under the wing of Romney.
She spent nearly $175 million of her own money in her losing campaign for governor. But after the loss, she donated $10 million to the teacher training group Teach For America and invested another $2.5 million in new charter schools. She also donated $500,000 to Los Angeles schools for math education.
If Romney chooses Whitman, Democrats could create the image of a millionaire (Romney) and a billionaire (Whitman) comprising a ticket whose wealth bears little resemblance to that of millions of struggling Americans.
But if Romney wants a running mate whose assets are closer to many voters, he could choose Thune. The largest investments for the South Dakota senator and his wife are a mutual fund and a money market account, each worth between $50,001 and $100,000. He and his wife have three other investments, each valued between $15,001 and $50,000. One is a college fund.
Some of Romney's potential choices have spouses with high salaries. The wife of New Jersey Gov. Christie is a vice president at investment bank Cantor Fitzgerald, earning between $250,000 and $500,000 a year. Christie owns property in his state worth more than a half million dollars. He and his wife each have a blind trust.
The wife of Ryan, the Wisconsin congressman, has investments in mining, gravel rights, mineral rights and timber. She also has a one-third interest in her late mother's trust, valued between $1,000,001 and $5 million. She reported distributions from the trust of $100,001 to $1 million.
McDonnell, of Virginia, receives between $50,001 and $250,000 for each of his two rental homes in the resort town of Virginia Beach and $50,000 or less from a third rental property in Wintergreen, Va.
Louisiana ethics rules do not require disclosure of the value of mutual funds, exempting Jindal from listing his holdings. The form does require a listing of income, and Jindal lists three mutual funds. Each one produced income between $5,000 and $24,999 in 2011.