Meet the top 10 ultra-wealthy Americans funding the 2020 presidential elections so far
Mark Wilson/Getty Images Approximately 100 of the United States' 705 billionaires have donated to candidates seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, an analysis of the Federal Election Commission database by Forbes found. The list of donors is remarkably similar to Business Insider's list of the largest political donors of 2018, suggesting that America's biggest donors are a static group of individuals. California Senator Kamala Harris seems to be billionaires' favorite liberal candidate, as 46 of them have donated to her campaign in 2019 thus far, according to Forbes. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Billionaires aren't just running for president in 2019, they're funding others' campaigns, too. Approximately 100 billionaires have donated to candidates seeking the Democratic nomination alone, an analysis of the Federal Election Commission database by Forbes found. Research firm Wealth-X reported that there are 7o5 billionaires in the US in its 2019 Billionaire Census. California Senator Kamala Harris seems to be billionaires' favorite liberal candidate: 46 of them have donated to her campaign in 2019 thus far, according to Forbes. The donors did not just give directly to campaigns, however. In addition to campaign donations, called hard money, many donors gave even more in the form of soft money, or donations given to groups like super PACs, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. This list of donors is remarkably similar to Business Insider's list of the largest political donors of 2018, suggesting that America's biggest donors are a static group of individuals. Business Insider ranked the 10 largest donors of the presidential primaries as of August 2019, using data from the Center for Responsive Politics. We also included a look at which presidential candidates the donors' money has gone to, or who they have publicly said they intend their donations to benefit. Federal candidates, parties, and groups are all recipients of these donations, and, unless specified, they are not official endorsements. The donors are listed by the value of their donations in ascending order. Keep reading to learn more about the 10 most prolific donors of the 2020 election thus far.10. Investor George Marcus and his wife Judith have given over $2.5 million to Democratic groups. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls/File Photo Party: Democrat Presidential Candidate: Unknown Total donations: $2,511,110 Soft money donations: $2,000,000 Hard money donations: $511,100 Net worth: $1.5 billion George Marcus is the founder of real-estate brokerage Marcus & Millichap Company, according to the company's website. Marcus is also the chairman of Essex Property Trust, a multi-family real-estate investment trust, and he serves on the board of California-based commercial bank Greater Bay Bancorp. The couple donated $9,610,125 in 2018 mostly to Democrats, Business Insider previously reported. The Marcuses gave $10,400 to Republicans in 2018, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. 9. Florida-based philanthropists Henry and Marsha Laufer have donated nearly $3 million in 2019, including $250,000 to a PAC that supports Democratic candidates. Thomas Barra/Shutterstock Party: Democrat Presidential Candidate: Unknown Total donations: $2,804,850 Soft money donations: $2,250,000 Hard money donations: $554,850 Net worth: $2.1 billion Henry Laufer, 74, is the former chief scientist at hedge fund Renaissance Technologies, Forbes reported. The Laufers were among the top donors to Hillary Clinton's Super PAC in 2016, having given $2 million, according to Forbes. The couple also hosted a fundraiser for Clinton at their Manalapan, Florida home, where tickets cost as much as $33,400, according to Forbes. 8. California-based psychiatrist Karla Jurvetson has donated $12 million to Democrats. YouTube/TechCrunch Party: Democrat Presidential Candidate: Unknown Total donations: $2,807,270 Soft money donations: $2,015,482 Hard money donations: $791,788 Net worth: Less than $1 billion, a representative for Jurvetson told Business Insider Karla Jurvetson is the ex-wife of venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson, according to The Guardian. Jurvetson donated $12 million to Democrats in 2018, Business Insider previously reported. Her largest donation in 2018, $5.4 million, was to a Super PAC aimed at elected pro-choice female candidates run by Emily's List, The Guardian reported. 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