How much is the government worth?

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Two thirds of the Cabinet are millionaires with a combined wealth of nearly £70 million, according to a new 'rich list' of politicians.

The data, from financial consultants Wealth-X , is likely to fuel further criticism that the government is vastly out of touch with the rest of the country and the reality faced by cash-strapped British households.

David Cameron's net worth is estimated at $6 million (£3.8 million), with liquid assets of £190,000 from current and previous salaries - half as much as the US President, Barack Obama.

Wealth-X, which specialises in analysing the financial affairs of US politicians, bases its figures on salaries as well as declared shares, property and other assets such as planes and art collections.
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The group state that the source of Mr Cameron's wealth, who was educated at Eton College and Brasenose Oxford, was in part self-made and from "property, most likely funded from parents/inheritance".

Rich list
The richest Cabinet minister is Lord Strathclyde, who is worth $15 million, mainly from inherited wealth and a stake in his family's estate management company.

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond is put at about $13 million, from stakes in a healthcare and nursing home developer and "consultancy work".

Jeremy Hunt, the Culture Secretary, is estimated to be worth $7.5million, from co-founding educational publisher Hotcourses.

Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, has a fortune worth $3.2million. According to Wealth-X, the richest person in the Commons is Zac Goldsmith, whose £284 million fortune is described as an "inheritance from financier father".

Top 10 richest Cabinet ministers
Name/worth/source of wealth
  1. Lord Strathclyde - $15 million - Inherited Wealth, stake in family's estate management company, Auchendrane Estates. Also private directorships.
  2. Philip Hammond - $13 million - Stake in healthcare and nursing home developer Castlemead; consultancy work
  3. William Hague - $7.5 million - Income from public speaking, two books, a newspaper column and various business advisory roles
  4. Jeremy Hunt - $7.5 million - Stake in Hotcourses, a publisher of guides and websites for educational courses, which he co-founded
  5. Caroline Spelman - $7 million - Wealth figures primarily reflect the value of properties owned by Spelman and husband, a Senior Partner at Accenture
  6. George Osborne - $7 million - Property (inherited); stake in family-owned fabric and wallpaper designer Osborne & Little (inherited)
  7. David Cameron - $6 million - Property, most likely funded from parents/inheritance
  8. Francis Maude - $5 million - Work as managing director at Morgan Stanley and various directorships
  9. Dominic Grieve - $4.5 million - Private investment, funded by salaries as barrister and QC
  10. Andrew Mitchell - $3.5 million - Former investment banker, owns a number of homes, contributing to most of his wealth.
Source: Research by Wealth-X

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Despite some disastrous revelations about his personal life, and a string of disappointing performances on the golf course, the Tiger still comes in at number one with a phenomenal salary of $75 million. His net worth is estimated at an eye-watering $500 million. 

The most valuable and highly paid NBA player, basketball superstar Bryant has a net worth of $140 million and a salary of $53 milllion. 

Another hugely popular basketball player, James' jersey was the NBA's best seller last year and his salary of $48 million is certainly pretty healthy for a 26 year old. 

He might not be winning quite as many Grand Slams as he used to, but the much-loved tennis star has an incredible list of sponsors to his name - Rolex, Credit Suisse, Nike and Wilson to name a few. Another great of his game, his salary is estimated at $47 million. 

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The Portuguese footballer earns $38 million at the age of just 26, and is a social media sensation with 3 million followers on Twitter. He also has 26 million Facebook fans - twice as many as any other athlete. 

The 'A-Rod' is considered one of the best all-round baseball players of all time, and at 35, the New York Yankees star earns a cool $35 million. 

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Football's wonder-kid, and already hailed as an all-time great at the age of just 23, the Argentinian earned a very respectable $32.3 million last year in both wages from Argentina and his La Liga club Barcelona, as well as a multitude of sponsorship deals.

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