How Pete Buttigieg Makes His Money

Pete Buttigieg's 2018 income was the lowest of the 13 Democratic candidates who have released their tax returns. The South Bend, Indiana mayor's tax returns show he and his husband, Chasten, brought in roughly $150,000 last year. Here's how he makes his money.

Two dozen Democrats are vying for the middle-class vote in the 2020 election – but some candidates are facing skepticism for pitching themselves as champions of the middle class while having millions in the bank.

Former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, led the field by raking in $4.5 million, according to tax returns. Sen. Kamala Harris of California and her husband, Douglas Emhoff, followed with $1.9 million.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and her husband, Bruce Mann, took in $846,394. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, and his wife, Jane, made $561,293.

Aside from the money Buttigieg earns as mayor and what his husband makes as a middle school teacher, the presidential hopeful has taken in extra cash from his book, “Shortest Way Home.” From the start of 2018 to May 2019, he took in $45,000 in advance and royalties payments for the book, which came out in February.

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