James Comey might have seen his last day as the director of the FBI Tuesday, but he likely won’t be filing for unemployment anytime soon.
In a report to the Senate just before President Barack Obama hired him in 2013, the former prosecutor claimed a net worth of $11 million. That number almost immediately increased after he was confirmed, as Comey received a profit-sharing payout of over $3 million from Bridgewater Associates, the hedge fund where he was previously employed as an attorney.
At the time of his confirmation, Comey and his wife owned around $5 million in stocks, including investments in companies such as Exxon Mobil, Pepsico, Berkshire Hathaway and Verizon Communications, among others. Three years prior to his role as FBI director, he purchased an estate in Westport, Conn. with an estimated worth of more than $3 million.
As a Level II executive, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management lists Comey’s estimated pay at $187,000 in 2017. Had he completed his expected 10-year term, Comey would have earned more than $1.8 million total as FBI director. To put that in perspective, the average household income in America is just $52,000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Not two weeks after President Donald Trump’s 100th day in office, Comey became the newest name on the list of officials who recently were fired by the Oval Office. Preceding him were three Obama-era staffers: former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara and former Chief Usher Angella Reid. Also on the list is former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, who Trump fired after just 24 days in the position.