John Podesta Highest-Paid Politician in the World

John Podesta
John Podesta led People With Money’s annual list of the “100 highest paid politicians” released on Friday.

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It's been a rough year for the politician, but at least he has his millions of dollars to ease the pain. 72-year-old John Podesta has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid politicians for 2021 with an estimated $96 million in combined earnings.

UPDATE 16/01/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

John Podesta tops annual list of highest-paid politicians

In 2018 it looked like the politician’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, he was back on top. People With Money reports on Friday (January 15) that Podesta is the highest-paid politician in the world, pulling in an astonishing $96 million between December 2019 and December 2020, a nearly $60 million lead over his closest competition.

People With Money’s factors

In compiling this yearly list, the magazine considers factors such as upfront pay, profit participation, residuals, endorsements and advertising work.

The American politician has an estimated net worth of $275 million. He owes his fortune to smart stock investments, substantial property holdings, lucrative endorsement deals with CoverGirl cosmetics. He also owns several restaurants (the “Fat Podesta Burger” chain) in Washington, a Football Team (the “Chicago Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure Wonderpodesta - US), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from John) and a fashion line called “John Podesta Seduction”.

The ranking is significant for many John fans, who have been waiting for his triumphant return to the glory days for what seems like a lifetime.

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