The Hill newspaper has released its 2012 list of the richest members of Congress, based on financial disclosure forms, using the low figures in a range for assets and liabilities if more exact financial statements are not available. Here are the top 10:
1 Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., $355.4 million: The richest member is also its busiest watchdog. Issa made much of his money through an anti-theft system for cars and now has much of his wealth in investment funds.
2 Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, $101.9 million: He was listed as The Hill’s wealthiest lawmaker for 2010 and 2011 but his dropped to No. 2 after he chose to report he and his family’s holdings differently. His wife, Linda, is the daughter of the founder of Clear Channel Communications.
3 Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., $88.5 million: The former governor made his pile by co-founding the company that became Nextel.
4 Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W. Va., $83.8 million: The great-grandson of oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller got his wealth the old-fashioned way: He inherited it.
5 Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., $76.6 million: He married the daughter of a New York real estate magnate, elevating the worth of a man who has spent most of his career in public service.
6 Rep. John Delaney, D-Md., $68.4 million: He founded two publicly traded companies — HealthCare Financial Partners and CapitalSource Inc.
7 Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., $60.2 million: Polis helped move his family’s greeting card business online and launched ProFlowers.com.
8 Rep. Scott Peters, D-Calif., $44.7 million: Two factors play into Peters’ wealth: his move from the Environmental Protection Agency to an attorney representing business interests and government agencies, and his marriage to the CEO of a private equity firm founded by her father.
9 Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., $41.6 million: The veteran senator owes much of her wealth to her husband, president and CEO of a private equity firm. They own a big stake in San Francisco’s Hotel Carlton and have a million-dollar condo in Hawaii.
10 Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Ohio, $35.9 million: The certified public accountant founded a company that owns and operates nursing homes. Most of his assets are in funds investing in companies such as Apple, Costco, Google and Intuit.
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26. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., $14.2 million: The former governor (and ex-director of the Bank of North Dakota) invests in companies such as Heinz, McDonald’s and Ralph Lauren.
29. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., $12.5 million: He lists at least $5 million with Charles Schwab and another $4.3 million in rental real estate in Wisconsin. He holds more than a $1 million stake in a polyester and plastics manufacturer of which he was CEO before politics.