Gary Johnson, an American businessman turned politician was a Libertarian party nominee for President of United States in the year 2012 and 2016 elections. He owned New Mexico’s largest construction companies and was elected as Governor of New Mexico twice in 1994 and 1998. Let’s find out more about how much is Gary Johnson’s net worth in 2018.
Gary Johnson Early Life
Born on January 1,1953 in Minot, North Dakota, his father Earl. W. Johnson was a public-school teacher and his mother Lorraine. B worked for Bureau of Indian Affairs. He graduated in political Science from University of New Mexico.
His one-man enterprise grew into a large construction corporation with 1000 employees which he sold in 1999 when he was into politics. He is an avid sportsman and competed in triathlons and is a noted climber having climbed several peaks including mount Everest in 2003.
Gary Johnson Career, Awards & Achievement
From owning a leading construction company in New Mexico, Gary Johnson entered politics in 1994 and ran for the office of Governor on the slogan of “people before politics” emphasising tax cuts, improving law and order, creating jobs and improving education as his main election planks. He won emphatically. He was re-elected in 1998 for the second term as a Governor of New Mexico making him the only person to be elected for two successive terms.
His ambitious voucher system of education was hallmark of his second term. His role in Cerro Grande fire that devastated New Mexico in 2000 was lauded extensively and earned a lot of goodwill for him. His leadership under difficult circumstances were appreciated widely. He could not run for a third term in 2002. Thereafter, he served as advisor in two non-profit organisations called ‘student for drug policy’ and ‘student for liberty’.
In 2012 Gary Johnson announced his candidature for Republican party presidential nomination for which he could not garner enough support and later in January 2016, Gary Johnson got himself nominated as a libertarian nominee for the presidential election. He participated in debates and proceeded ahead but some hurdles drastically effected his campaign. When asked by a panellist about “Aleppo” he was unable to explain and could not name a world leader he respected most. Later in a town hall meeting he could not remember who was the leader of North Korea. The negative fallout of this may had its toll when he lost the run for Presidential elections when he failed to meet the 15% support required in five polls After the election results Johnson declared his intention of not running for this public office again.
Awards & achievements:
Gary Johnson’s biggest achievement was his successful run for governor ship of New Mexico in 1994 and 1998 when he was convincingly elected to this office with good support. His leadership and administrative capabilities was evident in these two terms when he lowered taxes, created jobs and spent on education and improving law and order. He made the state fiscally strong and removed the budgetary deficit and created a budget surplus with control over government spending. He effectively balanced the state budget.
His running for two presidential campaigns in 2012 and 2016 and his libertarian, pacifist and common-sense approach to the office got support from many Americans.
Net Worth of Gary Johnson
In 2011 Johnson’s net worth is estimated to be between $3million and $10 million according to Fox Business. His public financial disclosure report says that the value of his home at New Mexico is around $5 million. His construction company with 1000 employees in 1999 and $38 million revenue adds to his net worth. He used $400000 from his own resources in 1994 while running for governorship of New Mexico.
Gary Johnson, when sold his business to go into politics full time, had made up his mind that he is destined for a career in politics. His two successive terms as Governor of New Mexico was a political and administrative success that made him more popular. He was a good counterfoil to the mainstream presidential candidates in 2012 and 2016 presidential elections for his views emphasising tax cuts, education, job creation and military non-intervention by USA in global spheres. This policy earned him many supporters and may definitely have influenced the policies the country would have adopted later.