Scottish actress Louise Linton, the wife of Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, lashed out at Jenni Miller, an Oregon mother of three, on Instagram Monday night after Miller commented on a photo. In response, the 36-year-old Linton bragged about how much she and her husband pay in taxes. Mnuchin has an estimated net worth of $500 million.
On Monday night, Linton posted a photo of her and her husband leaving a military jet with U.S. government markings after a quick trip to Kentucky to meet with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “Great #daytrip to #Kentucky!” Linton wrote, with hashtags for the brands behind her expensive wardrobe – rolandmouret, #hermesscarf, #tomford and #valentino.
Miller commented, “Glad we could pay for your little getaway. #deplorable.”
Then, Linton surprisingly responded in a condescending tone.
““Aw!!! Did you think this was a personal trip?! Adorable,” Linton wrote. “Do you think the US govt paid for our honeymoon or personal travel?! Lololol. Have you given more to the economy than me and my husband? Either as an individual earner in taxes OR in self sacrifice to your country?”
She added, “I’m pretty sure we paid more taxes toward our day ‘trip’ than you did. Pretty sure the amount we sacrifice per year is a lot more than you’d be willing to sacrifice if the choice was yours.” Linton then admitted to looking over Miller’s own Instagram page, telling her that her “kids look very cute” and her “life looks cute.” She ended the rant with, “Go chill out and watch the new game of thrones. It’s fab!”
“If she hadn’t made her account private, I would have written back with a very snide Marie Antoinette joke,” Miller told the New York Times. “I think my post was just five or six words, and she had to go on basically a rant about it to make herself look more important and look smarter, better, richer — all those things.”
“I apologize for my post on social media yesterday, as well as my response. It was inappropriate and highly insensitive,” Linton Said in a statement to CNN. The Treasury also told CNN that the Mnushins will reimburse the government for their travel and stressed that Linton does not receive compensation from the brands she wears.
Here’s a look at Linton’s wealth.
1. Her Husband’s Net Worth Could Be as Much as $500 Million
Although Forbes estimated in December 2013 that Mnuchin has an estimated net worth of $300 million, Fortune magazine’s own analysis of public filings shows that he could be worth as much as $500 million. His recent additional income was almost $70 million.
Mnuchin is a 54-year-old former Goldman Sachs investment banker. During the 2007-2008 financial crisis, he bought IndyMac, which he renamed OneWest Bank and sold it to CIT Group in 2015. He served as Trump’s national finance chairman during the campaign and was approved by the Senate with 53-47, with only one Democrat voting for him.
2. Linton Briefly Served as the CEO of Mnuchin’s Dune Entertainment, Which Co-Financed ‘Wonder Woman’
One of Mnuchin’s side interests was financing movies. He’s the co-founder of RatPac-Dune Entertainment, which launched in 2004 and co-finances many of Warner Bros.’ biggest hits. Since 2014, he’s been listed as an executive producer on films like The LEGO Movie, Mad Max: Fury Road, Sully and The LEGO Batman Movie. The company even co-financed Wonder Woman and the other recent DC Comics films.
In May, Linton became the CEo of Dune, Deadline reported. Her tenure was brief though, as Democratic Senators expressed concern over possible conflicts of interest. CNN reported on May 26 that Linton stepped down.
Senate Finance Committee member Ron Wyden, a Democrat, wrote on May 10 that Linton’s CEO role at Dune “undermined” Mnuchin’s attempts to divest his business interests. The Treasury first defended Linton’s position, saying she was not being paid and she “has no personal financial interest in Dune Entertainment or its related entities.”
Since 2013, Dune has been in a financing partnership with RatPac Entertainment, a venture founded by director Brett Ratner and investor James Packer.
3. Linton Was Recently Seen in Warren Beatty’s ‘Rules Don’t Apply’ & Made Her Film Debut in 2007
Before Linton married Mnuchin, she was a bit player in Hollywood. According to her IMDb page, she made her TV debut in The Daily Habit, a sports series on Fuel TV, in 2006. In 2007, she appeared in an episode of CSI: NY and made her film debut in Lions For Lambs with Robert Redford, Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep.
Since then, Linton appeared in an episodes of Cold Case, and was in the films She Wants Me, Crew 2 Crew, The Power of Few and Cabin Fever. She also appeared in Warren Beatty’s Rules Don’t Apply last year. She’s also going to appear in Odious, a movie she executive produced.
In a 2009 interview with The Scotsman, Linton said she was studying to take a law exam, but wanted to be “too busy making movies” to join the California bar.
Linton’s mother, Rachel Hay, died of breast cancer when Linton was 14 years old, according to the Scotsman. Her father is William Linton and she has two siblings, Suzanne and David. Her siblings both worked for Linton Hay Property and The Hay Trust.
4. Mnuchin & Linton Live in a $12.6 Million Washington House
Since February, Mnuchin and Linton have lived in a $12.6 million home in Massachusetts Avenue Heights in Washington, D.C., notes RedFin. The home has nine bedrooms, 12.5 bathrooms and covers 15,902 square feet.
“Trump’s cabinet has been billed as the wealthiest in history and they’ve certainly made a mark on the high-end real estate market here,” Michael Alderfer, a Redfin agent in Washington, D.C., told Redfin. “We don’t typically see many home sales over $10 million in a year. To have two back-to-back is significant. We may see some additional eye-popping purchases from Trump administration officials in the coming months.”
Linton and Mnuchin tied the knot on June 24 with an extravagant ceremony. She told Town And Country Magazine about the jewelry she wore, which included pearl-drop earrings, a diamond necklace, diamond earrings, a diamond ring, a small brooch with a pearl and a Martin Katz Deco bracelet.
“I love how easy pearls are to wear with anything and everything. Pearls are elegant and demure. They remind me of the femininity and grace of the ’40s and ’50s,” Linton told the magazine. “They make me think of Grace Kelly and Tippi Hedren in Hitchcock’s Dial M for Murder and The Birds. Those women were so chic.”
5. She Self-Published a Controversial Memoir About Her Trip to Africa at Age 18 Called ‘In Congo’s Shadow’
In 2016, Linton tried to add “author” to her resume by self-publishing her memoir In Congo’s Shadow, which was co-written by author Wendy Holden. The book was self-published in April 2016 through Amazon’s CreateSpace platform.
Once she started promoting the project though, her story became the target of criticism and mockery on social media. It started when she began promoting it with an essay on The Telegraph called “How my dream gap year in Africa turned into a nightmare.” In it, she claimed that during her trip to Zambia at age 18, she hid from rebels while being attacked.
“As the night ticked interminably by, I tried not to think what the rebels would do to the ‘skinny white muzungu with long angel hair’ if they found me. Clenching my jaw to stop my teeth chattering, I squeezed my eyes shut and reminded myself how I’d come to be a central character in this horror story,” Linton wrote. She later added, “I soon learned that Africa is rife with hidden danger. I witnessed random acts of violence, contracted malaria and had close encounters with lions, elephants, crocodiles and snakes.”
Linton later tweeted an apology, writing, “I am genuinely dismayed and very sorry to see that I have offended people as this was the very opposite of my intent.” She also pulled the book from Amazon.
But the damage was done. The Scotsman reports that the Zambian High Commission in London even criticized Linton’s book.
“It is a historic fact that Zambia has never been at war but rather has been home to thousands of refugees fleeing wars from other African countries,” the embassy said. “The Congo war has never spilt into Zambia. It is southern Africa’s oasis of peace.”
“The overwhelming condemnation of her falsified memoirs by both Zambians and friends of Zambia worldwide attests to the fact that many have seen through her intentions to tarnish the image of a very friendly and peaceful country,” the embassy said.
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