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Trump's Cabinet Could be the Wealthiest in U.S. History
According to Forbes, President-elect Trump's cabinet could be the wealthiest in history, with a total net worth of $4.5 billion. Here's a look at the billionaires, millionaires and less affluent public sector folks in consideration to help Trump run the White House.
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Wilbur Ross (Secretary of Commerce)

Wilbur Ross (Secretary of Commerce) Net Worth: $2.5 billion -- Billionaire investor Wilbur Ross was nominated for Commerce Secretary on November 30. Although he has never held a government position, Ross was a senior policy advisor for Trump during his presidential campaign.

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Betsy DeVos (Secretary of Education)

Betsy DeVos (Secretary of Education) Net worth: $1.25 billion -- Betsy DeVos is an education activist and the chair of the American Federation for Children, an advocacy group that supports charter schools and pushes for school-voucher programs. DeVos comes from a wealthy family; however, she didn’t donate any money toward the Trump campaign. Source: Forbes
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Linda McMahon

Linda McMahon (Small Business Administration) Net worth: While hers is unknown, her husband's net worth is estimated to be $1.6 billion -- From the world of professional wrestling to a position in Trump’s Cabinet, former chief executive of World Wrestling Entertainment, Linda McMahon, has been tasked with the role of SBA administrator. Source: Forbes
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Rex Tillerson (Secretary of State)

Rex Tillerson (Secretary of State) Net worth: $325 million -- The Chief Executive Officer of ExxonMobil Corporation (XOM), Rex Tillerson has been nominated by President-elect Trump to fill arguably the most important position in his Cabinet: Secretary of State. Source: Forbes
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Steve Mnuchin (Secretary of the Treasury)

Steve Mnuchin (Secretary of the Treasury) Net Worth: $300 million -- Former Goldman Sachs (GS) executive Steve Mnunchin was nominated as Treasury Secretary on November 30th. Source: Forbes
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Andy Puzder: (Secretary of Labor)

Andy Puzder: (Secretary of Labor) Net worth: $45 million -- President-elect Trump tapped Andrew F. Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants (parent company of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s burger chains), for Labor Secretary. Source: Forbes
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Dr. Ben Carson (Housing and Urban Development Secretary)

Dr. Ben Carson (Housing and Urban Development Secretary) Net worth: $29 million -- Retired Neurosurgeon and former Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson has been nominated by President-elect Trump for Housing and Urban Development Secretary. Carson was quick to endorse Trump after dropping out of the GOP presidential race, and has been a loyal surrogate ever since. Source: Forbes

 

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Elaine Chao (Transportation Secretary)

Elaine Chao (Transportation Secretary) Net worth: $24 million -- Elaine Chao, the former U.S. Secretary of Labor under President George W. Bush, was nominated for Transportation Secretary on November 29. Source: Forbes
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Representative Tom Price (R-GA) (Health and Human Services Secretary)

Representative Tom Price (R-GA) (Health and Human Services Secretary) Net Worth: $10 million -- Representative Tom Price (R-GA) was nominated for Health and Human Services Secretary on November 29. Source: Forbes
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Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) (Attorney General)

Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) (Attorney General) Net worth: $6 million -- President-elect Trump nominated Sessions for U.S. Attorney General in mid-November. The Senator has been a constant critic of President Obama’s policies throughout the years, including immigration, legalizing marijuana, and LGBT rights. Source: Forbes
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Ret. Marine Corps General James "Mad Dog" Mattis (Secretary of Defense)

Ret. Marine Corps General James "Mad Dog" Mattis (Secretary of Defense) Net Worth: $5 million -- The retired four-star general’s nomination for Defense Secretary was announced on December 1, during one of the stops on Trump’s ”thank-you tour.” Source: Forbes
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John Kelly (Secretary of Homeland Security)

John Kelly (Secretary of Homeland Security) Net worth: $4 million -- President-elect Trump announced in December that retired Marine Corps Gen. John F. Kelly is his pick for Homeland Security Secretary. Kelly, who endorsed neither Clinton nor Trump during the presidential election, has 40 years of military experience and has served multiple tours in Iraq. Source: Forbes
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Rick Perry (Secretary of Energy)

Rick Perry (Secretary of Energy) Net worth: $2 million -- It’s funny how things work out – former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who vowed to remove the Energy Department during his own presidential campaign, might soon be leading the very same agency. He is Trump's pick for Energy Secretary. Source: Forbes
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Representative Ryan Zinke (R-MT) (Secretary of the Interior)

Representative Ryan Zinke (R-MT) (Secretary of the Interior) Net worth: $800,000 -- President-elect Trump picked Zinke for Interior Secretary. Zinke is a trained geologist and his energy policy plan includes renewables, hydropower, and biofuels. He is also a former Navy officer, serving from 1985-2008. Source: Forbes
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Scott Pruitt (Head of the Environmental Protection Agency)

Scott Pruitt (Head of the Environmental Protection Agency) Net worth: Unknown -- Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is set to head the EPA. The pick hasn't garnered a lot of support from environmentalists though, as Pruitt opposes many climate change initiatives, including President Obama’s Clean Power Plan.
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Retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn (National Security Advisor)

Retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn (National Security Advisor) Net worth: Unknown -- Lieutenant General Michael Flynn was nominated by President-elect Trump in mid-November for the positon of National Security Advisor. He has been a strong critic of President Obama’s response to ISIS. However, he faces some critics of his own over his views on Russia.

 

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Reince Priebus (Chief of Staff)

Reince Priebus (Chief of Staff) Net Worth: Unknown -- The Republican National Commitee Chairman, Reince Priebus, will be Trump's Chief of Staff. The position does not require Senate confirmation. 
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Mike Pompeo (R-KS) (Central Intelligence Director)

Mike Pompeo (R-KS) (Central Intelligence Director) Net worth: Unknown -- Pompeo was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for a second term in 2010, and has been selected by President-elect Trump to head the Central Intelligence Agency. He has plans to expand government surveillance, keep Guantanamo Bay running, and aligns with Trump on his distaste for the Iran Nuclear Deal.
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Governor Nikki Haley (R-SC)

Governor Nikki Haley (R-SC) Net worth: Unknown -- Governor Nikki Haley (R-SC) has been nominated as the next U.N. Ambassador. Although she has little foreign policy experience she does align with mainstream views of the GOP.
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Trump's Cabinet Could be the Wealthiest in U.S. History

According to Forbes, President-elect Trump's cabinet could be the wealthiest in history, with a total net worth of $4.5 billion. Here's a look at the billionaires, millionaires and less affluent public sector folks in consideration to help Trump run the White House.

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