President-elect Trump: Billionaire in chief?

Wilbur Ross, Trump’s pick for Commerce Secretary, is reportedly worth $2.5-billion

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(CNN) – He is on the verge of becoming the billionaire-in-chief, and Donald Trump is filling out his administration with candidates who are a lot like him: rich.

Wilbur Ross, Trump’s pick for Commerce Secretary, is reportedly worth $2.5-billion. He’s an investor who made his money specializing in bankruptcies. Ross is an avid art connoisseur, with a collection worth a reported $150-million.

Also headed to the Commerce Department is Todd Ricketts, the scion of the billionaire family that founded TD Ameritrade, and part owner of the World Series champion Chicago Cubs.

Trump’s pick to run the Department of Education, Betsy Devos, married into the family that founded Amway. Her father-in-law and family are worth an estimated $5.1-billion.

On the campaign trail, Trump regularly hammered a corrupt connection between Wall Street and Washington, but several of his nominations come directly from Wall Street.

His pick for Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin, spent years at Goldman Sachs, as did his father and brother. Mnuchin made millions after he and his partners sold the company Onewest for $3.4-billion at the height of the mortgage crisis.

Even Trump’s picks that aren’t thought of as captains of industry are wealthy. At transportation, Elaine Chao and her husband Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, are estimated to be worth more than $20-million.

Jeff Sessions, his pick for Attorney General, is worth around $7-million, based on estimates.

Don’t forget about Mitt Romney, a finalist for Secretary of State. Romney’s $250-million net worth is modest compared to some Trump appointees, but was a target of criticism during the 2012 campaign.

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