Her political future may be questionable, but with each public fracas, tea party keynote, and overseas speech, Sarah Palin's fortune is growing. From her book deal to her Fox News commentator gig, Palin is raking in payments that make it hard to remember the time when she earned a mere $125,000 a year as governor of Alaska.
The Associated Press calculated that her total assets for 2007 totaled $1.2 million. That was based on $230,000 in joint income, including Todd Palin's snowmobile winnings and the state oil royalties that the Palins, like all Alaskans, receive each year, plus a primary residence worth half a million, two vacation homes, and multiple watercraft.
If those assets didn't already classify her as one of the "elites" she makes her living deriding, her post-gubernatorial income certainly does. Palin's lawyer declined to comment and exact figures are nowhere to be found, but we've taken a stab at estimating the numbers. Palin's earnings can be broken down into three categories, some more quantifiable than others:
1. $1.25 million to $7 million for Going Rogue. Palin's memoir, in its twelfth week on the New York Times bestseller list, has dominated sales since its November release by Harper Collins. She acknowledged pocketing a $1.25 million advance sum in a financial disclosure forms while still in office, though industry insiders estimate the total payment was much higher, up to $7 million. If the book earns enough royalties to pay back her advance, she will reap additional ongoing payments.