Former Comptroller Bill Thompson appeared to have been the highest earner last year among major Democratic mayoral candidates, raking in well over a half-million dollars from the investment bank job he took after leaving public office, according to financial disclosures made public Thursday.
But Republican billionaire John Catsimatidis, who isn't shy about touting his rags-to-riches story on the campaign trail, is by far the richest of all combined, Democrat or Republican. Securities, supermarkets, gas stations, convenience stores, real estate investments, vacant land and a Greek community newspaper make up his vast portfolio.
Candidates for public office in New York City must file the disclosures with the Conflicts of Interest Board, and they offer a glimpse, albeit an opaque one, into the finances of the people seeking to be the city's 109th mayor.
Under the law, candidates reveal their finances only using broad ranges for each item, with the highest as $500,000 or more, instead of precise dollar amounts. Candidates are required to disclose their spouses' income, but the Conflicts of Interest Board keeps the information private.
Thompson said earlier this year that he made $727,621 as a senior managing director of the investment bank Siebert Brandford Shank & Co. LLC, which he joined in 2010 after leaving the city comptroller's office, and a board membership of East Coast Holdings. The conflicts board filing lists that income as being at least $544,000.
The forms show that Catsimatidis owns stocks in dozens of companies, from Altria and Philip Morris to Apple and Microsoft to Kraft and ConAgra Foods and Conoco Phillips, and real estate in numerous states, many of which are worth "$500,000 or over."
His GOP rival Joe Lhota lists his salary when he chaired the Metropolitan Transportation Authority as being between $250,000 and $500,000 -- the agency says the post paid $332,500 -- as well as at least $44,000 from his board membership of First Aviation, a Westport, Conn.-based aerospace company.
He has a 401(k) worth at least $500,000, and mutual funds worth at least that amount, in addition to three homes worth at least $1.25 million in total.
Among Democrats, the bulk of Democrat Anthony Weiner's income came from a consulting business he started after a sexting scandal forced him from Congress in 2011. He earned between $250,000 and $500,000.
Bill de Blasio, who the forms say owes money on a mortgage, earns $165,000, according to his campaign. De Blasio, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and city Comptroller John Liu each has retirement accounts. She earns $141,000, her campaign says. Heearns $185,000.