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August 17, 2021

Even among as diverse a group as President Joe Biden’s Cabinet, where many members did not grow up wealthy, Deb Haaland’s path to her position as Interior Secretary is extraordinary.

She’s spoken before about experiencing homelessness, raising a child as a single mother, living off food stamps and remaining sober for more than 30 years. In 2018 she became one of the first two Native American women to ever be elected to Congress, and in March, she again made history as the first Native American to serve in the Cabinet and lead the Department of the Interior.

Today, Forbes estimates Haaland’s personal net worth at zero dollars, based on a review of her financial disclosure and public records. Federal appointees and officials are required to list nearly all assets, liabilities and sources of income on disclosure reports that the Office of Government Ethics collects but does not audit. Haaland’s filing, which she submitted in December 2020, is almost blank. She lists two items: student loans worth no more than $50,000 and a $175 annual tribal payment.

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