Chelsea Clinton Actually Does Care About the Money

• March 21, 2017 5:00 am


Former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton proclaimed in 2014 that she "couldn't" claim to care about money on any fundamental level.

"I’ve tried really hard to care about things that were very different from my parents. I was curious if I could care about [money] on some fundamental level, and I couldn't," she said. "That wasn’t the metric of success that I wanted in my life."

However, Clinton has had no trouble cashing in on her fame for positions she doesn't appear to be qualified for, despite her stack of diplomas.

The latest: Being named to the board of Expedia, which gives her a $45,000 annual retainer and an estimated $250,000 a year in stock options. The travel company's financial filing announcing her appointment did not delve into what she would be doing to earn that kind of money.

Clinton also serves as vice chair of the Clinton Foundation. According to leaked emails, Clinton used Foundation money to help pay for her $3 million wedding and various living expenses.

There was also a panned $600,000-a-year "special correspondent" gig for NBC Nightly News that was so embarrassing for her and the network that the Washington Post called the spectacle "awful." One of her stories entailed interviewing the gecko from the Geico car insurance ads.

At age 23 and fresh out of Stanford, Clinton earned a $120,000-a-year salary with the consulting firm McKinsey & Company. Her pay was on par with MBA holders, while she came in with an undergraduate degree in history.

Celebrity Net Worth estimates her to be worth $15 million.

Clinton is married to investment banker Marc Mezvinsky, who shuttered the Eaglevale Partners hedge fund he co-founded one month after Hillary Clinton's presidential election defeat. The CEO of Goldman Sachs, which paid Hillary Clinton $675,000 for three speeches and also donated extensively to the Clinton Foundation, also invested in Mezvinsky's fund beginning in 2011. The Intercept reported it was "just one of many ways Goldman Sachs has used its wealth to forge a tight bond with the Clinton family."

Chelsea Clinton has thrown herself into the political scene in the past few years, taking on a major surrogate role in her mother's 2016 campaign for the White House. She has also won praise from the media for sending out sarcastic tweets since Donald Trump's victory.

Clinton's mother made similarly puzzling remarks about wealth in 2014 when she claimed that her family was "dead broke" upon leaving the White House in 2001.