From The Boston Globe:
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is worth between $190 million and $250 million, his campaign said yesterday after filing a personal financial disclosure statement with the Federal Election Commission.That dollar figure would likely make him the wealthiest candidate in the 2012 White House race, far and away eclipsing President Obama. His only possible GOP rival is former governor Jon Huntsman of Utah, who has yet to release his disclosure form and is among the heirs to the Huntsman Corp. fortune.
The former Massachusetts governor has never released his tax returns, which would offer a fuller picture of his fortune, and has declined requests to do so this year.
Romney, who was criticized earlier this year for telling a group of voters that he was “unemployed,’’ earned nearly $114,000 from being on the board of Marriott International.
In the past year, Romney also received more than $374,000 in fees for nine speeches, including from some financial firms that he has sought to protect from more government regulations. For those speaking engagements, he was paid in a range from $11,475 to speak at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, Calf., to $68,000 to speak at the National Franchisee Association in Las Vegas.
He was also was paid speaking fees by Barclays Bank, GoldenTree Asset Management, HP Healthcare Services, and Quest Educational Foundation. A Get Motivated Seminar, via satellite link in Boston, yielded $29,750.
His wife, Ann Romney, owns horses in California worth between $250,001 and $500,000, according to the forms.
The Romneys also have investments in a wide range of areas, including consumer staples such as electronics and office supplies, large oil companies, and financial, health care, and telecommunications companies. His stock portfolio includes investments in Ford Motor Co., McDonald’s, Microsoft, General Electric, and Exxon Mobil.
His investments are held in a blind trust, which he created when he became governor in January 2003.
The Romneys have more than $1 million invested in Solamere Founders Fund, which is run by one of their sons, Tagg. They also hold between $250,001 and $500,000 in gold metal.
Romney has between $250,001 and $500,000 in Bank of America cash accounts, and he continues to earn millions from a retirement deal with Bain Capital, the venture firm he started in 1984 and left in 1999.
Romney shed some of his investments from corporations that had interests that conflicted with his political views, which caused problems for him four years ago when it was revealed that he was reaping profits from corporations involved with Iran, China, and human embryonic stem cell research. At the time, Romney said he would instruct the trustee of his blind trust to make sure his investments conformed with his political positions.
The Associated Press reported yesterday that while that may be true from Romney’s own investments, a family charity, the Tyler Charitable Trust, continued to buy and sell investments in companies that dealt with Iranian businesses, complied with censorship in China, or aided in stem cell research.
Romney so far has not put any of his own money into his presidential campaign, as he did four years ago. About half of the holdings four years ago belonged to Mitt Romney and theoretically could have been liquidated and used for his campaign. The other half belonged to his wife. The campaign yesterday would not say whether the split continues to be about half-and-half.