James Comey is a name you may recognize from news headlines surrounding one of Donald Trump‘s most recent reaction-provoking executive decisions. Regardless of the controversy surrounding Comey’s firing, what he is actually worth makes it seem as though he won’t be missing his previous salary all that much.
What is this recently fired FBI Director actually worth?
James Comey’s Net Worth as of 2017: Approximately $11 Million
This isn’t an exact number due to a profit-sharing payout with his previous employer, Bridgewater Associates, for more than $3 million. With a government salary of only about $185,000 annually, he accumulated the majority of his wealth as general counselor to Bridgewater Associates and Lockheed Martin from 2005-2010.
Aside from his monetary value and dealings in the private sector, James Comey’s career was quite impressive. Comey joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York serving as Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division helping to prosecute the Gambino crime family.
Comey served as managing assistant U.S. Attorney in charge of the Richmond Division of the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. He acted as deputy special counsel to the Senate Whitewater committee and was lead prosecutor for the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia.
Comey became the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York until his confirmation of Deputy Attorney General in 2003. As U.S. Attorney he was involved in the investigation of the controversial pardoning of Marc Rich by Bill Clinton, led the prosecution of one of the largest investigations of identity fraud in U.S. history, led the indictment of John Rigas for bank/wire/securities fraud and it was during this time that he locked up my main girl Martha. He led the prosecution of Martha Stewart who was indicted on charges of securities fraud, lying to an FBI Agent, and obstruction of justice.
Documents given to the Senate reveal that $5 million of his total net worth was in stocks including Exxon Mobil, Pepsico, a Schwab fund, Verizon Communications, Berkshire Hathaway, Proctor & Gamble and Hormel Foods.
Comey was appointed by the Obama Administration in 2013. With great power comes great responsibility– and a massive pay cut. This year, as we know, Trump cut him loose. I don’t think he will be tossing and turning in bed at night over the loss of his government salary.