The Trump name may be synonymous with obscene wealth, but working in the West Wing doesn’t seem to be a profitable activity for Ivanka Trump. The 36-year-old is working as a White House advisor for her father, President Donald Trump, but her annual salary in that position is a big fat zero.
According to The Associated Press, Ivanka and husband Jared Kushner chose not to take a salary in the White House. Presidential assistant Reed Cornish, another real estate heir, has also forgone pay; and Gary Cohn, a former Goldman Sachs executive, is only taking a salary of $30,000 for his work as a White House aide.
The White House is required to report its salaries and titles of its staff to Congress every year, which is how we know some people are earning six-figure salaries at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. In fact, as of July 2017, 40 percent of White House staffers were earning $100,000 or more. Additionally, 22 aides were earning $179,000 — including Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Conway, Reince Priebus, Sean Spicer, and former Apprentice contestant Omarosa Manigault. (Of those five people, however, only Kellyanne still has her job.)
And what about the Commander in Chief himself? US presidents have been earning $400,000 per year since 2001 — along with a $50,000 tax-free expense account — but during his campaign, Donald vowed not to take a salary in the White House. And so far, it looks like he has kept that promise. He donated his first-quarter salary to the National Park Service, his second-quarter salary to the Department of Education, his third-quarter salary to the Department of Health and Human Services, and his fourth-quarter salary to the Department of Transportation. (He’s not the first president to donate his salary to a good cause, though: Presidents Herbert Hoover and John F. Kennedy did so, too, per BBC News.)
Of course, neither Ivanka nor her father needs White House money to be filthy rich. Ivanka, for example, earned at least $13.5 million in income over a recent 17-month period, according to CNN. After all, that designer wardrobe of hers certainly isn’t paying for itself!