How Did Jared Kushner And Ivanka Trump Earn Between $36.2m (£27.7m) and $157m In Combined Outside Income While They Worked In The White House Last Year?

You would think advising the president of the US was a full-time job. Yet Donald’s daughter and son-in-law found time for a few side hustles.

ike many millennials, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner juggle their day jobs with side hustles – and boy have they been hustling. New financial disclosures show that the gruesome twosome made between $36.2m (£27.7m) and $157m in combined outside income while they worked in the White House last year. (It is impossible to pinpoint the exact amount because they are each required only to report within a number of very large ranges, but suffice to say they are not struggling.)

Unlike many millennials, Javanka are not rustling up extra cash by walking dogs or selling T-shirts. So where does their money come from? I would love to be able to tell you, but the thing about ludicrously rich people is that their finances tend to be incredibly opaque. A cynic might say this is by design – that many of the 1% hide their wealth behind complex legal arrangements to avoid taxes and obscure dodgy dealings.

I am not accusing the Kushner-Trumps of anything so sordid – the US president’s senior advisers are devoted public servants, after all. However, there are items on their disclosure documents that raise interesting questions.

  • Arwa Mahdawi is a Guardian columnist

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