Ben Carson is worth a mind-boggling (pun intended) $30 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. But how did the political and medical figure amass that wealth? For one thing, being a neurosurgeon brings in a pretty penny.
According to Glassdoor, these days, the average neurosurgeon rakes in about $571,814 annually. According to Forbes, aside from his medical payday, Carson also “joined the boards of Costco and Kellogg in the late 1990s, where he earned more than $5 million in compensation.” Per the outlet, he “stepped down from both in 2015” to pivot into politics. While he’s no longer making money from his board roles, Carson still earns “thousands of dollars” a year in royalties from his bestselling books.
Carson’s net worth has seemingly translated into having a taste for the finer things, though somewhat … controversially. In 2018, The New York Times reported that Carson used the Department of Housing and Urban Development money to purchase a $31,000 dining room set for his office. This “as the White House circulated its plans to slash HUD’s programs for the homeless, elderly and poor,” according to The New York Times. Reportedly, “department officials did not request congressional approval.” The reason? The set allegedly “served a ‘building-wide need.’”
Well, when you’re worth tens of millions, the definition of “need” may change!