This statesman, politician, author and political commentator has seen seventy-seven springs of not only his life but the different phases of the United States Of America’s contemporary socio-political history too. As a proactive citizen, he has continuously fought for the civil rights and pro-people policies. He literally gives “Bern” (Burn) to his opponents through his well-grounded but fierce arguments. Yes, he is “Bernie Sanders.” Do give a read to the political career and net worth Bernie Sanders in 2018.
Early Life & Biography
Bernie Sanders was born in the year 1941, on the 8th of September. He was brought up in a Jewish household in Brooklyn, New York City. His parents were Dora and Ben Sanders. The family was modest in their background. He regularly went to James Madison High School, Brooklyn. His bar mitzvah took place in 1954. He earned an undergraduate degree in Political Science from his alma mater, University of Chicago.
Bernie Sanders first marriage was with Deborah Shiling Messing in 1964, but it ended up in a divorce in 1966 without any issue. He later had an affair with Susan Campbell Mott. He has a son named Levi Sanders from Susan. He then got married to Jane O’Meara Driscoll in 1988. Together they have three children: Dave Driscoll, Carina Driscoll, and Heather Titus. He has an elder brother named Larry Sanders. He brought out a folk album in 1987.
Career, Awards & Nominations
Bernie Sanders, during his university days, began his political career by demonstrating against the discriminatory housing policy for black people. In his early years, he did a number of odd jobs like teaching, filmmaking, assisting a psychiatric, writer and carpenter. He set his foot in electoral politics as the candidate of Liberty Union Party in 1972. He served as the mayor of Burlington from 1981-1989.
Bernie Sanders was hailed as the first socialist to be elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1990. He went on to become the senator in 2006 from Vermont.
Bernie Sanders ran for the post of President in the 2016 Presidential Election of the United States. He lost the candidature of the Democratic Party to Hillary Clinton.
After the election, Bernie is still pro-active. He recently authored “Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In.” He also started an organization with the same name to increase political literacy among youth. He has also been doing a live show on Facebook making political commentary.
Bernie over the years has raised issues related to minimum wages, housing policy, accessible health care system, tax and banking reforms, social benefits, gun laws, trade and distribution of wealth. He has regularly criticized the incumbent governments for their foreign policy.
Net Worth & Earning
As of 2018, Bernie Sanders has a net worth of $2 million. A large part of this earning comes in the form of royalties fetched by the books authored by him. He got a handsome amount of $900,000 as royalty even before his book was published. In 2016, his gross income was around $1 million. He also owns houses in Vermont and Washington D.C. Both these houses collectively priced at a whopping sum of $800,000. Other sources of income include mutual fund. He is one of the lowest earning politicians of U.S.
Bernie Sanders hailed as a socialist and widely influenced by Karl Marx has worked for the progressive democratic forces in the United States for people. He could have garnered a lot of wealth through his position at various political posts, but he chose not to. His career spanning decades has been a remarkable one often critical of wealthy people.