A list published by Forbes Israel ahead of Rosh Hashanah has named Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom the country’s wealthiest politician, with an estimated net worth of NIS 150 million (about $38 million). Much of Shalom’s wealth is due to his marriage to media personality Judy Shalom Nir-Mozes, who holds 12 percent of the Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth.
A new addition to this year’s list is Yair Lapid, who placed eighth on the list with NIS 22 million. According to assessments, Lapid, a journalist who is positioning himself as the champion of the middle class ahead of the next Knesset elections, made much of his fortune from lectures and books.
After Shalom, the list named Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman, with a net worth of NIS 100 million, and Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who’s reportedly worth NIS 56 million, 14 million less than in 2011, largely due to a loss he took in a real estate sale. Barak reportedly earned most of the money during his time off from political life, between 2001 and 2007, when he was in demand on the lecture circuit and provided high-level defense consultation services.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was sixth on the list, with an estimated net worth of NIS 41 million.