Rahm Emanuel Net Worth

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Early in his life, Rahm didn’t seem like the type that would pursue a career in politics. He attended the Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School and then other schools including Romona School, Locust Junior High School and New Trier West High School. He was encouraged to take ballet lessons from the Evanston School of Ballet as well. Afterwards, he attended and graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a degree in Liberal Arts and would later finish his master’s degree in Speech and Communication at Northwestern University. During his time in Sarah Lawrence, he was elected to become part of the school’s Student Senate.

Emanuel started to work on his political career through Illinois Public Action. There he would spend some time on fundraisers and also focusing on Democratic politics. He would work for various politicians including Paul Simon during the U.S. Senate election in 1984, and Richard M. Daley’s campaign for Mayor of Chicago during 1989. He would also become national campaign director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Later, Emanuel served on the campaign finance committee for Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign, which Clinton won, with Rahm subsequently becoming a senior advisor and working at the White House from 1993 to 1998. He started as an Assistant to the President for Political Affairs, and then became Senior Advisor to the President for Policy and Strategy. He became well-known for his aggressive style, but in 1998 he resigned from his position to work on a career in finance.

He joined the investment banking firm Wasserstein Perella, and became the managing director of the company’s Chicago office in just a year. He was so successful that according to reports had made around $16.2 million during his two-and-a-half year stay in the company, significantly increasing his net worth.

In 2000, Emanuel was assigned by Clinton to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, or Freddie Mac. He stayed there for a year before campaigning for the U.S House of Representatives in 2002. He won and occupied the seat vacated by Rod Blagojevich, going on and continuing his service for three terms as part of Illinois’s 5th congressional district. During his time there he became the Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, and after Barack Obama’s election became the White House Chief of Staff. In 2011, he resigned to contest the 2011 Chicago mayoral election, and eventually succeeded Richard M. Daley. In 2015, he also won his second campaign against Jesus “Chuy” Garcia.

For his personal life, Emanuel has been married to Amy Merrit Rule since 1994; they have three children, and reside in the north side of Chicago, but makes yearly trips abroad. Rahm also participates in triathlons and is a follower of Judaism. Rumor has been spreading of his eventual end and possible resignation as mayor due to recent issues in the city, especially after the police shooting of 17 year-old Laquan McDonald.

Structural info

  • Full Name: Rahm Emanuel
  • Net Worth: $14 Million
  • Date Of Birth: November 29, 1959
  • Place Of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • Height: 1.7 m
  • Profession: Politician, Senior Advisor to the President for Policy and Strategy (1993-1998), White House Chief of Staff (2009–2010), 55th and current mayor of Chicago
  • Education: Locust Junior High School, New Trier West High School, Sarah Lawrence College, Northwestern University
  • Nationality: American
  • Spouse: Amy Merritt Rule (m. 1994)
  • Children: Zachariah, Leah, Ilana
  • Parents: Benjamin M. Emanuel, Martha Smulevitz Emanuel
  • Siblings: Ari Emanuel, Ezekiel Emanuel, Shoshanna Emanuel
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rahmemanuel/
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/rahmemanuel?lang=en
  • Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/chicagosmayor
  • IMDB: www.imdb.com/name/nm0256043


  • [observation, 2013] I worked eight years in the White House for two great Presidents. They talk about things they want to do – I’m doing it. This is the happiest I’ve ever been in public life. I’ve always wanted to be a mayor.
  • I don’t want to go negative on Franklin Delano Roosevelt, but he didn’t pass an economic deal in the first 100 days. We have passed the largest Recovery Act in the history of the country.
  • A strong economy depends on a strong middle class, but George Bush has put the middle class in a hole, and John McCain has a plan to keep digging that hole with George Bush’s shovel.
  • [on the 2008 financial crash] You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that is it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.
  • There was no blueprint or how-to manual for fixing a global financial meltdown, an auto crisis, two wars and a great recession all at the same time.


  • Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama. [January 2009]
  • U.S. Congressman from the 5th District of Illinois [2004]
  • Mayor of Chicago (2011 – present).
  • White House chief of staff (2009-2011).
  • Brother of Ari Emanuel and Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel.
  • Three children with wife Amy Rule: son Zachariah and daughters Ilana and Leah.
  • Lost part of his finger as a teenager in an accident with a meat slicer.


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Madzilla! 2014 Short Cabbie
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Transformers: Age of Extinction 2014 the producers wish to thank: Mayor of Chicago
Return to Iwo Jima 2012 Documentary short special thanks
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The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival 2016 TV Special Himself – Prerecorded Greeting
’85: The Greatest Team in Pro Football History 2016 Himself
WGN Morning News 2016 TV Series Himself – At James Beard Awards
Inside Obama’s White House 2016 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself / Himself – White House Chief of Staff
The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival 2015 TV Special Himself – Prerecorded Greeting
Chicago Med 2015 TV Series Himself
The Daily Show 2006-2015 TV Series Himself
The Chef Whisperer 2015 Short Himself (as Mayor Rahm Emanuel)
Roadtrip Nation 2015 TV Series documentary Himself
The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival 2014 TV Special Himself – Prerecorded Greeting
Madzilla: Beneath the Scales 2014 Documentary short Himself
Inside Edition 2014 TV Series documentary Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014 TV Series Himself
Chicagoland 2014 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself – Mayor of Chicago
Steve Harvey 2014 TV Series Himself
The Great Food Truck Race 2013 TV Series Himself – Guest Judge / Mayor, City of Chicago
The Presidents’ Gatekeepers 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself
Late Show with David Letterman 2013 TV Series Himself – Guest
Charlie Rose 1997-2013 TV Series Himself – Guest
Chicago World Tour 2011: Backstage Pass 2012 Video Himself
Chicago Fire 2012 TV Series Himself
American Masters 2012 TV Series documentary Himself
CBS This Morning 2012 TV Series Himself – Mayor of Chicago
Today 2012 TV Series Himself – Mayor of Chicago
This Week 2006-2012 TV Series Himself
Conan 2012 TV Series Himself
Piers Morgan Tonight 2012 TV Series Himself
The Road We’ve Traveled 2012 Documentary short Himself
Rock Center with Brian Williams 2011 TV Series Himself
Meet the Press 2005-2011 TV Series Himself – Mayor of Chicago / Himself / Himself – Representative, Illinois
Tony & Janina’s American Wedding 2010 Documentary Himself (as Congressman Rahm Emanuel)
60 Minutes 2010 TV Series documentary Himself – President’s Chief of Staff (segment “Chief of Staff”)
HouseQuake 2009 Documentary Himself
IFC News: 2008 Uncut 2008 TV Series Himself
The Return of the War Room 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself
Real Time with Bill Maher 2004-2007 TV Series Himself
Hardball with Chris Matthews 2006 TV Series Himself
Road to the Presidency 2004 Video documentary
The War Room 1993 Documentary Himself
Archive Footage
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We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks 2013 Documentary Himself
America’s Book of Secrets 2012 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2010 TV Series Himself
Fall of the Republic: The Presidency of Barack H. Obama 2009 Documentary Himself
Glenn Beck 2009 TV Series Himself – White House Chief of Staff
A Question of Eligibility 2009 Video documentary Himself – Chief of Staff for President-Elect Obama