Dr. Ben Carson is one of the top 10 primary candidates competing in the first 2015 Republican Presidential Debate. Carson has a reported net worth of $10 million and is very successful in medicine as well as politics. Read on for our 5 Fast Facts on Carson’s net worth below.
1. Carson Works As a Neurosurgeon
Dr. Carson makes money as an esteemed neurosurgeon, who operates on over 300 children a year. Dr. Ben Carson graduated from Yale University and later got his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School. Currently, he also works as a Professor of Neurosurgery, Oncology, Plastic Surgery and Pediatrics at John Hopkins University. He is known as the surgeon who led the first successful surgery separating a pair of conjoined twins.
2. His Book Sales Are Leading Ahead Of The Other GOP Candidates
Carson has published four bestselling books, and has had his own research printed in over a hundred other publications. Plus, his book sales are higher than all of the other presidential candidates. According to The Washington Examiner, his book “One Nation: All that We Can do to Save America’s Future,” has sold 362,813 copies since it was released in May 2014.
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3. He Has Spent Half Of His Campaign Funds Already
The Wall Street Journal reports that Carson has already gone through over half his campaign funds thus far. Since launching his campaign in March 2015, the campaign has raised $10.6 million, but they have also spent $5.8 million. An estimated 72% of the money went to fundraising costs, which included phone banks, direct mail and email lists. This was reported by one of Carson’s campaign officials. In addition, the campaign-finance disclosure shows that the campaign spent over $1.2 million on “web services.”
4. Carson’s Campaign Employees Are Making More Than Others
According to The Wall Street Journal, Ben Carson’s campaign employees are bringing in “hefty salaries.” WSJ writes:
Barry Bennett, Mr. Carson’s campaign manager, earns $17,500 per month, which works out to an annual salary of $210,000. Monthly salaries for other senior staffers include $15,000 for senior strategist Ed Brookover; $16,666 for communications director Doug Watts; $13,300 for press secretary Deana Bass; and $6,800 for deputy press secretary Stephanie Marshall. National Finance Director Amy Pass earns $5,000 per month, in addition to commissions that in May and June worked out to about $9,000 each month.
5. Most of Carson’s Campaign Donors Are Health-Care Providers
With Ben Carson being such an esteemed surgeon, it’s no wonder that most of his campaign donors are health-care providers. WSJ reports that, “Of the 4,965 contributions whose donors were disclosed, at least 872 were physicians, surgeons, nurses, psychiatrists or held other related jobs, according to a review of the filings. By contrast, other professions in similar pay brackets were less common: At least 99 contributions came from attorneys or lawyers, at least 101 were from chief executives, at least 50 were from investors and at least 44 from accountants. At least 41 came from pastors or ministers.”