Politics: How Kellyanne Conway makes and spends her $39 million fortune
When she took office with President Trump, her and her husband, New York City lawyer George T. Conway III disclosed assets worth up to $39.3 million. Kellyanne Conway's climb from the strategist behind Trump's rise, to campaign manager, to counseler in the White House, has been closely watched by the media.
When she joined Trump's administration, she and her husband, New York City lawyer George T. Conway III, disclosed assets worth up to $39.3 million. Much of that wealth comes from Kellyanne's political polling business, which she started at 28 in 1995.
Here's how she has amassed her fortune — and spent it — since graduating law school.
After graduating law school from George Washington University, Conway worked as an assistant at a firm headed by Richard Wirthlin, who was Ronald Reagan's pollster and strategist. She later came to work with Newt Gingrich in the 1990s.
Source: The New Yorker
In 1995, at 28, Conway founded The Polling Company, of which she is still CEO. As New York Magazine reported, Conway quickly recognized "there was money to be made" in advising private corporations and politicians on how women vote.
Source: New York Magazine
During the '90s, Conway began making regular television appearances along with other political commentators, such as Ann Coulter.
She was also a regular on Bill Maher’s show "Politically Incorrect."
In 2001, she married George T. Conway III. They have since had four children.
Her husband is a lawyer who graduated from Yale Law School in 1987 and played a part in the impeachment of President Clinton, as a member of the team representing Paula Jones.
Source: New Yorker, CNN
Conway has worked with several high-profile clients, including the National Football League and Philip Morris.
He currently works for what's considered one of the country's "most grueling law firms," Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.
Source: Business Insider
In 2001, the newly married couple bought a condo in Trump World Tower, where they lived for seven years. It was during that time that Kellyanne met Donald Trump. "I sat on the condo board, and he's very involved in his condos," she told The New Yorker.
Source: The New Yorker
In 2004, she co-authored the book "What Women Really Want" with Democratic pollster Celinda Lake.
By 2008, the Conways had moved to what Forbes has called "America’s most expensive Zip Code," Alpine, New Jersey. The family joined the Alpine Country Club in Demarest, New Jersey. There annual memberships can cost up to $75,000, plus $25,000 a year in dues.
Source: Page Six
Later, Conway worked with Newt Gringrich again during his unsuccessful 2012 presidential run. A few years after, the Polling Company began working with various Republican candidates, including Ben Carson and Ted Cruz starting in 2015.
While the super PAC behind Carson's campaign paid the Polling Company $65,000, the Polling Company later worked with Cruz's three PACs. After Cruz dropped out, one of his super PACs changed its name and backed Trump, continuing to work with The Polling Company. By October 2016, Conway's firm had made $1.9 million from the 2016 election.
In July, Conway joined Trump's campaign team as an adviser, and later officially became campaign manager in August. At this time, her firm was reportedly still receiving payments from Trump's PAC.
Today, much of Conway's income comes from The Polling Company — somewhere between $1-5 million, and the couple has earned thousands in dividends from stocks. One Citibank account has been reported as being valued at between $500,000 and $1 million.
At the start of President Trump's term in office, the Conways reported assets worth between $10 million and $39.3 million, and the couple reportedly purchased an $8 million dollar DC-area home.
Source: ABC News, Business Insider
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