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Thanks to spouse, Charlie Crist is richest of the three leading U.S. Senate candidates.

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Charlie Crist is worth far more than either of the other leading candidates for U.S. Senate, Kendrick Meek and Marco Rubio – thanks to the assets of Crist’s wife, Carole Rome.

Florida Trend reports that Crist, the Florida governor and no party affiliation candidate for U.S. Senate reported assets worth $466,063 in his annual state disclosure last year.

Rome’s assets didn’t have to be included. In a federal disclosure, which requires candidates to list all marital assets, Crist lists between $2,050,009 and $4,350,000 in Rome’s name.

Meek, the Democratic candidate, lists between $130,022 and $460,000 in assets and just $15,001 to $50,000 in liabilities, giving him a net worth of between $80,000 and $445,000.

Billionaire Jeff Greene, who entered Democratic primary race last month, hasn’t yet filed a form, Florida Trend said. Forbes magazine estimates his net worth is $2 billion.

Rubio, the Republican, reports an annual income of $486,500 but lists just two assets with any significant value — a savings account worth between $1,001 and $15,000 and a money market account valued at between $1,001 and $15,000.

His liabilities include a $100,001 to $250,000 mortgage on a second home and student loans totaling between $100,001 and $250,000, according to Florida Trend.

The figures aren’t exact because the disclosure forms don’t require candidates to list exact amounts. Instead they list assets in broad ranges. And the value of their primary residences isn’t reported. Compiled from Florida Trend and the Sun-Sentinel.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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