They say to make it in this world of ours, you need to wear a lot of hats. Robert “Beto” O’Rourke certainly proved this, going from a bassist in Canada, a businessman in New York, and a politician in his native Texas, one, I might add, with big ambitions. Let’s take a look at O-Rourke’s career over the years, starting with his net worth!
Beto O’Rourke Net Worth As Of 2019: $7.9 Million
O’Rourke’s net worth is estimated to be around $7.9 million. Let’s take a look at his career over the years to see how he got where he is today.
The Early Years
Born in El Paso, Texas, O’Rourke is a fourth-generation Irish American; where he would attend El Paso High School, going on to graduate from from Woodberry Forest School in 1991. At this point in his life, he toyed with a career in music, serving as a bassist for the band Foss, which toured throughout the United States and Canada throughout the decade. O’Rourke later attended Columbia University in New York, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature.
After college O’Rourke worked at New York Internet service providers before ultimately returning to El Paso in 1998, where he would co-found the internet services and software company Stanton Street Technology.
2005 marked the start of O’Rourke’s political career, when he ran for the El Paso City Council, ultimately becoming one of the youngest representatives to have ever served on the City Council. Within two years he was re-elected to a second term. In 2006, however, O’Rourke became the subject of an ethics complaint filed by the Land Grab Opponents of El Paso, due to accusations of making use of familal and business ties during the Paso del Norte Group’s Downtown Revitalization Plan, although the case was later dismissed within a month.
In 2012, O-Rourke ran to represent Texas’s 16th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives, ultimately winning with 65% of the vote in the general election, defeating opponent Barbara Carrasco. By 2014, he won re-election with 67% of the vote. Once again, two years later, he announced plans to run for a third term, ultimately defeating his Green and Libertarian opponents in the general election. In 2017, he then formally announced his plan to run for the United States Senate seat held by Ted Cruz, notably making him the first Democratic candidate to enter the race, ultimately raising at least $2 million in his first three months, largely from honateions.
In a lengthy interview with The Washington Post Beto O’Rourke wondered if the United States Constitution might be too outdated to deal with the issues facing the country.