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Trump’s Cabinet picks, by the numbers

In his election victory speech, Donald Trump promised that “the forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.” Since then, he’s assembled the wealthiest administration in US history, with key posts going to billionaires, millionaires, Wall Street insiders, and big donors who embody “the rigged, broken, corrupt system” he vowed to fix.

Illustrations by Mattias Mackler

Data as of February 2, 2017, before Viola withdrew as the nominee for secretary of the Army. The Cabinet includes the 15 executive department heads and the vice president. Cabinet-level positions include the heads of the Small Business Administration, the Office of Management and Budget, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Council of Economic Advisors, and the White House chief of staff, US trade representative, and United Nations ambassador.


Net worth of Trump Cabinet picks: Financial disclosures, Bloomberg, Forbes

Net worth of Obama and Bush Cabinets: Forbes

Countries’ DP: World Bank

Medicaid expansion: AP, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Trump University fraud settlement: New York Times

Wealth of 126 million Americans: Federal Reserve Survey of Consumer Finances; Joint Center for Housing Studies, Harvard University; Census Bureau

128 million Americans voted: David Wasserman, Cook Political Report

1% net worth: Federal Reserve Survey of Consumer Finances; Joint Center for Housing Studies, Harvard University

Median net worth of US households: Edward Wolff, New York University

Past Cabinet diversity: New York Times

Growth of 1% incomes: World Wealth & Income Database

Growth of federal minimum wage: Department of Labor

Cohn bonus: New York Times

Viola net worth: Bloomberg

Warren net worth: Bloomberg

Paulson net worth: Forbes

Hamm net worth: Bloomberg

Icahn net worth: Bloomberg

Mercers net worth: The Atlantic

Trump campaign donations from millionaires and billionaires: Demos

Trump net worth: Forbes

Trump’s self-claimed net worth: Forbes; Trump; Timothy O’Brien, Bloomberg; Wall Street Journal; New York Times; Trump financial disclosure form

Think Like a Billionaire sales: Trump financial disclosure form


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