What is Merrick Garland net worth?
Merrick Garland is worth an estimated $20 million.
How did Garland, who earned a salary of $141,000 to $230,000 every year from 1997 to 2020 as a federal judge, get so wealthy?
|Net Worth:||$20 Million|
|Born:||November 13, 1952|
|Country of Origin:||United States of America|
|Source of Wealth:||Federal judge|
Merrick Brian Garland (born November 13, 1952) is an American lawyer and jurist serving as the 86th United States attorney general beginning in March 2021.
He served as a circuit judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit from 1997 to 2021.
Merrick Brian Garland was born on November 13, 1952, in Chicago.
He grew up in the northern Chicago suburb of Lincolnwood.
His mother Shirley, was a director of volunteer services at Chicago’s Council for Jewish Elderly (now called CJE SeniorLife).
His father, Cyril Garland (1915–2000), headed Garland Advertising, a small business run out of the family home.
Garland was raised in Conservative Judaism, the family name having been changed from Garfinkel several generations earlier.
His grandparents left the Pale of Settlement in the Russian Empire in the early 20th century, fleeing antisemitic pogroms and seeking a better life for their children in the United States.
He is a second cousin of six-term Iowa Governor Terry Branstad.
After graduating from law school, Garland spent two years as a judicial law clerk, first for Judge Henry Friendly of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1977 to 1978 and then for Justice William Brennan at the U.S. Supreme Court from 1978 to 1979.
After his clerkships, Garland spent two years as a special assistant to U.S. Attorney General Benjamin Civiletti.
After the Carter administration ended in 1981, Garland entered private practice at the law firm Arnold & Porter.
Garland previously served as a US circuit judge of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit from 1997 to 2021.
His previous work experience includes working as a law clerk to Judge Henry J. Friendly of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Justice William J. Brennan Jr. of the Supreme Court of the US.
He also practiced corporate litigation at Arnold & Porter and worked as a federal prosecutor in the US Department of Justice.
Following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in 2016, then-President Barack Obama nominated Garland to fill the vacancy.
However, Senate minority leader, Sen Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), announced that the next president should fill the vacant seat.
The next presidential election was in November 2016.
When Donald Trump was elected the president of the US in 2016, he nominated Neil Gorsuch to fill the vacancy.
Merrick Garland Net Worth: How Merrick Garland made extra earnings aside his salaries
Less than two years after marrying his wife, Lynn Rosenman Garland, Garland returned to the Justice Department, where he prosecuted violent drug organizations and crooked corrections officers.
On April 19, 1995, Timothy McVeigh blew up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people in the worst case of homegrown terrorism in American history.
Two days later, Garland was in Oklahoma to serve as the lead federal prosecutor on the ground.
That September, Bill Clinton nominated Garland to serve as a federal judge.
As part of the confirmation process, Garland submitted a handful of documents that, 26 years later, still provide key clues in figuring out his finances.
According to forbes.com, the filings show that Garland made good money in private practice, $200,000 in 1993, when he worked for nine months at Arnold & Porter.
But he also had a robust fortune outside of his day job, with $3.5 million in assets and zero debt.
On the 1995 filing, Garland split his holdings into various categories—“cash” amounting to about $520,000, “listed securities” worth $470,000, “real estate” valued at $490,000 and so on.
The largest category was called “trusts,” worth about $910,000.
Over the years, the fortune swelled, according to financial disclosure reports filed between 2004 and 2021.
At the start of the period, Garland declared $2.9 million to $6.5 million of assets.
Ten years later, that range had grown to $7.6 million to $28 million.
Today it’s $8.6 million to $33 million.
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