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How rich is Paul Ryan?

Name: Paul Davis Ryan Jr.

Born: January 20, 1970

Occupation: Politician

Paul Ryan, fair use
Paul Ryan, fair use

Paul Ryan was born in Janesville, Wisconsin on January 20, 1970. He is the son of Paul Davis Ryan, an attorney, and Elizabeth Ann Hunter, an interior designer. He has three siblings: Stan, Janet, and Tobin.

Paul attended St. Mary’s Catholic School and later Joseph A. Craig High School. Upon graduation, he enrolled in Miami University, earning a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science. He also studied at American University, attending the Washington Semester program. Paul was influenced by Milton Friedman, Ludwig von Mises, Friedrich Hayek, and Ayn Rand.

Paul has been married to Janna Christine Little, a tax lawyer, since December 2000. They have three children: Samuel Lowery, Elizabeth Anne, and Charles Wilson.

In his youth, he volunteered his time dedicated to politics. He interned in the office of Wisconsin Senator Bob Kastenwhere in D.C., working with the senator’s foreign affairs adviser. He also volunteered in former Speaker of the House John Boehner’s congressional campaign. To earn some cash, he worked summers as a salesman for Oscar Mayer, a waiter, a fitness trainer, and a myriad of other jobs.

By gaining some experience in politics, Paul became a speechwriter for a conservative advocacy group that was established by William Bennet, Jack Kemp, and Jeanne Kirkpatrick. This helped him getting tapped as a speechwriter for Kemp, who eventually was a mentor for Ryan. Paul was hired as a legislative director for former Kansas Congressman Sam Brownback.

In 1997, he finally delved into the private sector, specializing in marketing consulting.

A year later, Paul threw his name in a congressional race at just 29. He was victorious, becoming the second-youngest member of Congress, and was re-elected eight times, earning more than 50 percent of the vote each time.

In 2012, Paul was selected as former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s running mate on the Republican ticket in the presidential election. The duo lost to President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, but Paul kept his congressional seat. With the GOP controlling the House, Paul became Speaker of the House, succeeding John Boehner. He was instrumental in President Donald Trump‘s tax reform bill.

Outside of politics, Paul is a fitness fanatic, performing karate, cardio, push-ups, jump training, pull-ups, and sit-ups. He has run marathons, too.

Paul has been awarded with numerous honors and distinctions, including the Jack Kemp Foundation Leadership Award, an Americans for Prosperity Defending the American Dream Award, and the Alexander Hamilton Award from the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research.

We estimate that Paul Ryan’s net worth is $7 million (2018).

So how much is $7 million really?

$7 million can pay for a congressional campaign in the United States. $7 million can also pay for state-of-the-art exercise equipment in your home or office.


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