Bernie Sanders has made more than $1.75 million from book royalties since 2016 — here’s what we know about his wealth and assets

Bernie Sanders has made at least $1.75 million in book royalties since 2016.

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Bernie Sanders has made at least $1.75 million in book royalties since 2016.
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Bernie Sanders, a self-declared Democratic socialist known for his harsh criticism of income inequality in the US, has joined the crowd of 2020 presidential candidates.

The Vermont senator is worth as much as $2 million, according to the financial website The Street – although his exact wealth is unknown.

Sanders earns a yearly salary of $174,000 as a senator, and his total reported assets were less than $750,000 in 2015. But he earned more than $1 million in both 2016 and 2017, primarily because of royalties from his books, financial-disclosure documents show.

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The 77-year-old senator has been known as one of the least wealthy members of Congress.

Business Insider reached out to the senator’s office for comment on his net worth but did not receive a response by the time of publication.

Here’s what we know about Sanders’ wealth and assets.


Bernie Sanders, the independent Vermont senator running for president for a second time in 2020, is worth as much as $2 million, according to one estimate.

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Source: The Street


Sanders makes $174,000 a year as a senator, and his total reported assets amounted to less than $750,000 in 2015.

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Source: Congressional Research Service, Politico


However, the senator’s income has seen a jump in the past couple of years.

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Source: Newsweek, US Senate Financial Disclosures


Sanders made more than $1 million for the first time in 2016, largely thanks to book royalties, which earned him about $868,000 that year.

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Source: Newsweek, US Senate Financial Disclosures


He released “Our Revolution” in November 2016 and “Bernie Sanders Guide to Political Revolution” in August 2017.

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Source: Amazon


In 2017, Sanders made about $1.06 million, and more than $880,000 of that came from book royalties.

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Sanders signs a book after a Democratic Rally in Colorado in October 2018.
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Source: Newsweek, US Senate Financial Disclosures


Sanders reportedly owns three homes, including a four-bedroom house in Chittenden County, Vermont, that he bought with his wife, Jane, for $405,000 in 2009.

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Sanders and his wife, Jane, at a 2016 campaign event in Iowa.
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Source: Forbes


The senator also owns a one-bedroom townhouse in Washington, DC, that he bought in 2007 for $488,999.

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Source: Forbes


In 2016, Sanders bought a 1,800-square-foot house on the shore of Lake Champlain in Vermont for $575,000.

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Lake Champlain in Vermont.
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Source: Washington Post


Sanders served as the mayor of Burlington, Vermont, from 1981 to 1989, a position that earned him about $33,700 per year.

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Sanders was the mayor of Burlington, Vermont, from 1981 to 1989.
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Source: Politico


He previously worked as a carpenter, a documentary filmmaker, and a writer.

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Sanders in 1990.
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Source: Bloomberg