As reported by the Boston Herald, Joe and Jill Biden's combined income increased from less than $400,000 around 2016, shortly before Joe left office as Barack Obama's vice president, to more than $16 million in amassed wealth between 2017 and 2019, while son Hunter made bank as a 'board member' of a corrupt Ukrainian energy firm and made several other business deals in China and Russia.
"Joe and Jill Biden collectively have earned more than $15 million in their two years since leaving the White House, the majority of it coming from book deals and speaking engagements, according to tax returns the former vice president’s campaign released" in July 2019, the paper reported.
"Their combined income swelled from $396,456 in 2016 — the final year of the Obama administration — to $11.03 million in 2017, and $4.58 million in 2018, according to the campaign," the report added.
At the time, the Herald contrasted the sudden Biden wealth with the "Middle-Class Joe" persona that the current 'president' crafted during his nearly 40 years as a U.S. senator from Delaware. He doubled down on that lie during his 2020 presidential campaign.
The paper claimed that the bulk of the couple's income came from a couple of book deals -- one for Joe Biden's "Promise Me, Dad," and Jill Biden's "Where the Light Enters," as well as speaking engagements. Those combined reportedly netted the couple more than $10 million in 2o17 and $3.2 million in 2018.
"Joe Biden regularly earned six figure payments for appearances, including $234,820 for a 'VIP Experience' on his 2017 'Promise Me, Dad' book tour, and $190,000 for being a Thomas H. Kean Visiting Lecturer at Drew University in New Jersey in March 2018," the Herald noted. "In all, he raked in $4.29 million for 47 paid appearances, 30 of which were for the book tour. His wife earned just more than $700,000 for 18 paid speaking engagements in the same time period."
"Joe Biden also earned $371,159 in 2017 and $405,368 in 2018 as the Benjamin Franklin Presidential Practice Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Jill Biden earned $90,132 in 2017 for her job as a professor at Northern Virginia Community College, and $94,705 in 2018," the paper added.
Democratic strategist Scott Ferson said at the time it’s the “cozy connection to money” that politicians who serve in Washington most or all of their lives have that’s “legitimately questionable.”
“If you have a lot of money, you really do live a different life than people who don’t have a lot of money. You’re not in your daily life having to meet the same challenges that people who make $25,000 a year are making,” Ferson said. “I just think you have to be really conscious about that.”
But, according to New York Post columnist Miranda Devine, author of "Laptop From Hell," which is a deep dive into the intimate details found on Hunter Biden's now-infamous laptop he abandoned at a computer repair shop in Delaware in 2019, Joe Biden "expected" cuts from his son's business deals.
In one involving a Chinese venture, according to an email found on the laptop, the breakdown of the income distribution was to be thus:
“20 H [Hunter]
“20 RW [Walker]
“20 JG [Gilliar]
“20 TB [Bobulinski]
“10 Jim [Biden]
“10 held by H for the big guy.”
'The big guy,' former Biden business associate Tony Bobulinski would later reveal, was Joe Biden.
And here's another way Joe profited from Hunter Biden's business deals, which were all made as a means of gaining access to his influential father: Hunter was paying Joe Biden's bills. In one email, he said he had to give half his salary to Joe and paid thousands for repairs at his father's home.
The Biden family is corrupt, dirty and compromised on the world stage with countries that are U.S. rivals. Every day Joe Biden is president is dangerous for America.