Top 10 Wealthiest Politicians Running for Office
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A cadre of politicians running in the General Election disclosed financial statements in the millions.
According to the financial disclosure submitted to the Parliamentary Registration Department, East Grand Bahama candidate Kevin King of the Kingdom Government Movement, Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar, Prime Minister Hubert Minnis, Progressive Liberal Party’s Deputy Leader Chester Cooper and Independent candidate for Centerville Arrie Percentie, rank highest on the list of millionaires running for office.
It’s worth noting, the financial claims were not verified.
Here are the top 10 wealthiest politicians in the country
- Kevin King
King is the East Grand Bahama hopeful of the Kingdom Government Movement. The herbalist and newcomer to politics said although his total income is $38,500, his assets include $35m in securities and $8m in real estate.
2. Dionisio D’Aguilar
Tourism Minister D’Aguilar is a business eexcutive and owner of Superwash brand. He has annual income of $1,467,988 and liabilities of $345,013. Among his assets, D’Aguilar has more than $32m in investments and nearly $3m in real estate.
3. Chester Cooper
The incumbent Exuma and Ragged Island candidate is the Progressive Liberal Party’s deputy leader. Cooper has an income of $370,000. He is a businessman and the bulk of wealth is $11m in investments and $3m in real estate.
4. Dr Hubert Minnis
Prime Minister Minnis is the MP for the Killarney constituency and is reported to be the wealthiest leader of a major political party. He is seeking his fourth term as parliamentarian. Minnis is a physician and businessman. In 2017, he was worth $12.6m and in 2012, he was worth $10.9m.
5. Arrie Percentie
Percentie is running as an independent candidate for the Centerville constituency. He is a contractor.
6. Rollington Cooper Jr
Cooper is running in Central Grand Bahama for the Kingdom Government Movement. Cooper is a businessman. The bulk of his assets which is $13.9m, is in real estate. His total income is $500 with $588,000 in liabilities.
7. Dr Duane Sands
Sands is the former Minister of Health. He is a physician turned politician and the incumbent for the Elizabeth constituency.
8. Stephen Greenslade
Greenslade is running for Garden Hills. He is a former policeman and is presently the owner of a security firm ICS of the Bahamas Company Ltd.
9. Basil McIntosh
McIntosh is the MICAL candidate for the Progressive Liberal Party.
10. Dr Michael Darville
The Tall Pines candidate is not a newcomer to politics. He was the former PLP Minister of State for Grand Bahama. Darville is was a medical doctor in the Ministry of Health and has since established his private practice in family medicine.
Leader of the Opposition Philip Davis comes in at eleventh.
Davis is the incumbent for Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador. He is a Queen’s Counsel and prominent lawyer. Declarations filed in 2017, showed his net worth at $4.3m.