Looks like Joe Biden cares deeply about the middle class, and also cares deeply about getting as far out of it as he can.
According to the Washington Examiner:
Life outside of the White House has been good for Joe Biden, who has earned millions of dollars through speaking fees and book sales since his eight years as vice president ended in early January 2017.
On Tuesday afternoon, the former vice president’s campaign released a summary of Biden and his wife’s joint tax returns, which shows he made $11,031,309 in 2017 and $4,580,437 in 2018. Those numbers are quite the improvement from his income of $394,456 in 2016, during his final year in the Obama administration. And throughout Biden’s 36-year Senate career he routinely ranked as one of the poorest senators in a chamber populated by millionaires.
The records show his latest book, Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose, proved among his most lucrative ventures. On a tour promoting that book in 2018, Biden charged upwards of $230,000 for a “VIP Experience.”
Sprinkled throughout his book promotion events, were a number of speaking engagements that regularly paid Biden in the six-figures. One lecture at Drew University in March 2018 earned him $190,000. Another at the Economic Club of Southwest Michigan resulted in a payment of $182,679.
In total, Biden earned $4.29 million in speaking fees from 47 different events over the two years.