The Supreme Court justice most responsible for handing Democrats victories is also coincidentally the richest Supreme Court justice.
In fairness, Chief Justice John Roberts was already rich when he joined the high court, according to an exclusive investigation by Forbes magazine. However, his wealth has since quadrupled.
He’s now worth $25 million, which is more than any other justice, and over twice as much more than President Joe Biden’s net worth.
But how did he acquire so much wealth?
— Forbes (@Forbes) December 19, 2023
“First, Roberts and his wife Jane stashed away a pile of money after years in private practice. Then, with more than $3 million by the time he was age 46, Roberts took a low-paying, still-fulfilling job as a federal judge while his wife continued to earn big bucks,” according to Forbes.
“He ascended to chief justice in 2005 and stayed in the stock market, allowing his nest egg to swell as the economy boomed. Today, John and Jane Roberts have an estimated $20 million in liquid assets, in addition to several homes and a multimillion-dollar pension waiting for the chief justice when he retires,” Forbes notes.
Forbes’ piece goes on to note that he was born in New York, grow up in Indiana, and applied to La Lumiere School, a Catholic college preparatory boarding and day school. In his admissions essay, he reportedly wrote, “I want to get the best job by getting the best education.”
“After graduating from La Lumiere, he stuck true to that same philosophy, enrolling at Harvard. He studied history and planned to become a professor, graduating in just three years near the top of his class in 1976,” Forbes notes.
However, difficulty finding a job prompted him to go to Harvard Law School, after which he eventually landed a clerkship with then-future Chief Justice William Rehnquist.
He later worked in the Reagan administration’s Justice Department and White House Counsel’s Office up until 1986, after which he entered the private marketplace.
“He went into private practice in 1986, working in appellate law at Hogan and Hartson, a D.C. firm where he became a partner in 1987. He then returned to government during the George H.W. Bush administration to serve in the solicitor general’s office under Ken Starr, where he overlapped briefly with Brett Kavanaugh, his future colleague on the Supreme Court,” Forbes notes.
“In 1992, Bush appointed Roberts, then 37, to a circuit court position. But when the president lost to Bill Clinton that year, Roberts’ nomination lapsed, and he went back to private practice. By the early 2000s, Roberts had argued 39 cases in front of the Supreme Court on behalf of both the government and private clients and was making more than $700,000 a year,” according to Forbes.
This, of course, is the official story on how he got wealthy. Critics, particularly the conservative kind, have their own suspicions and theories:
He sold America down the river…
— Paul Gargiulo (@goose3960) December 21, 2023
Paid by deep state. Went to Epstein Island.
— X_Fakenewswatcher (@X_FakeNewsWatch) December 19, 2023
His wife training lawyers how to appear before the SC… they are corrupt.
— LynnDoe (@LynnDoe4X) December 21, 2023
That’s and eady question to come up with an answer…he’s a Democrat progressive.
— Dominick Curreri (@DominickCurrer6) December 20, 2023
— Gryffinclaw (@gryffinclaw3) December 19, 2023
This cynicism and anger likely stems from the fact that Roberts is responsible for a slew of Democrat victories, including Obamacare. Recall that in 2012, Roberts saved Obamacare. Three years later, he did it again, sparking massive outrage from those ostensibly on his team.
“Roberts’ decision to side with the Obama administration for a second time on the high-profile health care law threw a huge splash of fuel onto a long-simmering debate about whether Republicans misjudged the chief justice when he was nominated a decade ago or whether he has grown more moderate in his years on the court,” Politico reported at the time.
To make matters worse, the Obamacare decision came just weeks after Roberts again sided with the left in “backing restrictions on fundraising for judges’ election campaigns,” according to Politico.
And earlier in the term, he also “joined frequent swing Justice Anthony Kennedy and the court’s Democratic appointees in a 6-3, pregnancy discrimination decision that took a decidedly moderate tack, disappointing both businesses and women’s advocates.”
Of course, these other decisions were not nearly as impactful as the Obamacare one.
But those decisions were minor when compared to the momentous victory Roberts helped deliver to the Obama White House Thursday.
“This affirms that Roberts is something very different than what conservatives and probably even liberals thought they were getting,” Curt Levey of the Committee for Justice said at the time.
“I would expect people to be bitterly disappointed with Roberts … You can try to explain that away one time — people did try to explain it by saying he was intimidated … but it’s hard to see that happening twice,” he added.