Former president George W. Bush's nominees, Chief Justice John Roberts and Samuel Alito, are next on the list. Roberts is worth between $5 million and $15 million, roughly, while Alito is worth between $3 million and $13 million.
Justices Antonin Scalia and Sonia Sotomayor, both recent authors whose royalties have boosted their income, also are in the millionaires club. Their net worth is in the $2 million to $7 million range. Sotomayor, however, has something none of the other justices have: a mortgage.
The least wealthy justices are Elena Kagan, Clarence Thomas and Anthony Kennedy. Kagan and Thomas likely are millionaires, based on the loose ranges used on financial disclosure forms; Kennedy appears to be below that threshold.
Because federal officials are exempt from disclosing the value of their homes, however, all the justices may be millionaires and their net worth considerably higher.
The disclosure forms were due May 15 but only released to the public on Friday -- and only to those who showed up in person and paid for the printing costs. Watchdog groups such as the Coalition for Court Transparency and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press have been calling for faster and more user-friendly disclosures for years.
In his majority opinion in a recent campaign finance case, Roberts noted that "given the Internet ... disclosure offers much more robust protections against corruption." Taking him up on his offer, the coalition said it would post the disclosure forms at OpenSCOTUS.com.
Among the highlights of Friday's disclosures:
• Around the world: Scalia was the most frequent traveler of the group. He reported reimbursements for 28 business trips, including to Italy, Germany and Peru. Breyer took the most foreign trips, including to London, Paris, Scandinavia and Monaco.
• Lawlerly landlords: Six of the justices reported rental income. Only Kennedy, Ginsburg and Alito had none.
• Author, author: Scalia and Breyer topped the list of justices receiving book royalties in 2013, though neither came close to the nearly $2 million advance Sotomayor received for her recent memoir, My Beloved World. Sotomayor reported no additional royalties last year.
• Teacher, teacher: All the justices except Breyer and Sotomayor reported outside income from teaching gigs during their spare time -- often overseas during the summer.
• Roberts reported dividends from individual stock holdings such as Time Warner, Microsoft, Texas Instruments and Sirius XM Radio.
• Among Breyer's extensive holdings are rental property on the Caribbean island of Nevis and land in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
• Thomas was the only justice to report earnings by his spouse. Virginia Thomas earned salaries from Liberty Consulting, a conservative lobbying firm, and The Daily Caller, a conservative Internet publication.
source: usatoday.com by Richard Wolf