The vice president sits atop an estimated $7 million fortune, partially thanks to big earnings from Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff.
This article is an update from a 2019 story titled “Here’s How Much 2020 Presidential Candidate Kamala Harris Is Worth.”
Kamala Harris, the first African American and first Asian American vice president of the United States, holds an estimated $7 million fortune. Her portfolio, shared with husband Douglas Emhoff, includes homes in Los Angeles and Washington D.C. worth an estimated $5 million before debt, two pensions from Harris’ time in California government worth $1 million, and at least $1.2 million of retirement accounts for Emhoff.
Born in Oakland, California to immigrant parents from India and Jamaica, Harris’ parents separated soon after the birth of her younger sister, Maya. Harris moved with her sister and mother, a breast cancer researcher, to Montreal when she was 12. She came back to the United States to attend Howard University for college and returned to California for her law degree. After graduating in 1989, she started working in the Alameda County district attorney’s office. In 1998, Harris moved from Oakland to work at the San Francisco district attorney’s office across the bay. She also bought a condo for about $300,000 in the city’s SoMa neighborhood. In March, the vice president sold that property for $860,000.
In 2003, she ran for public office, winning an election to become district attorney of San Francisco. She earned more than $140,000 the next year, according to her tax returns. In 2010, Harris ran for California attorney general. She won, becoming the state’s first black woman to hold the position.
She married Emhoff in 2014, bringing more money into her life. Introduced by a friend the previous year, Emhoff was a divorced father of two working as an entertainment litigator for a law firm called Venable in Los Angeles. Venable had acquired the practice he cofounded, Whitwell Jacoby Emhoff, seven years earlier. Since Harris and Emhoff married, Emhoff has reported earning more than $1 million every year on their joint tax filings.
Harris Vs. Pence
Both Mike Pence and Kamala Harris own a collection of government pensions worth more than $1 million, but the current vice president also has a multimillion-dollar real estate portfolio.
After Harris announced her plans to run for the U.S. Senate in 2015, she filed a detailed financial disclosure form with the government. That showed that the couple’s joint assets and liabilities—not including personal residential real estate—were worth somewhere between $1 million and $3.9 million. Around that time, Emhoff also ditched more than two dozen conflict-prone stockholdings in companies like Mondelez International, Hess, CVS Health and Oracle.
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