How Al Gore Amassed a $330 Million Climate Fortune by Terrifying Everyone

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Former Vice President and 2000 presidential election loser Al Gore has spent his post-political career warning anyone who will listen that the earth is in its death throes due to global warming (now called climate change because somehow that’s better).


His 2006 documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” amassed $49 million at the world box office and catapulted Al into the top ranks of climate hysterics, and he’s never looked back, constantly jetting to meetings around the world to preach his truth.

This week he’s at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, because of course he is.

Is he doing this because he truly believes what he’s saying, or because he cares so very much about you? While we can’t read his mind, one thing we do know for sure: climate change has been very, very good to Al Gore. Though he was worth approximately $1.7 million at the end of his vice presidency, he has now amassed an estimated $330 million fortune, owns houses in Virginia, California, and Tennessee, and receives a cool $2 million a month for a figurehead position at the Generation Investment Management green energy fund he founded with former Goldman Sachs Managing Director David W. Blood.

There are only two conclusions I can come to upon learning this news—1) I should have been a climate activist. 2) Hunter Biden has nothing on this guy.

If he’s so concerned about rising seas, why would Gore buy a huge oceanview mansion in flood-prone Montecito? One might ask the same question of former president Barack Obama, who dropped $12 million for a waterfront view on the island of Martha’s Vineyard.


Gore’s other property holdings are pretty sweet, too, according to Daily Mail:

Gore’s family has owned farming land in his native Tennessee for generations, while his mansion in Nashville is valued at $7.5 million, his waterfront villa in Montecito, where he counts Oprah as a neighbor [and don’t forget Prince Harry], is worth $13 million, his Virginia home is worth around $3 million as is his apartment in the St. Regis building in San Francisco.

Where did he get all this money? He has a stake in the aforementioned $36 billion Generation Investment Management fund, around $80 million worth of stock in companies such as Apple and Google, and a salary from Apple as a compensation committee member. He receives $200,000 a pop per public speaking engagement and also advises companies on “going green” for undisclosed (but presumably huge) fees.


Notice how every one of the recommendations in the above video would benefit Gore and the Generation Investment fund financially.

Remember Al Gore’s utility bill? ABC News does. Not long after “An Inconvenient Truth” won an Oscar in 2007, Gore was embarrassed by revelations that he regularly dropped $30,000 a year in gas and electric bills to power his 20-room home, burning through nearly 221,000 kilowatt-hours—or more than 20 times the national average. Dude, if you’re going to be a climate guru, might want to turn down your AC!

Mr. Gore, known to some detractors as Algore or even Al Bore, may not be fun to listen to, but he certainly has a knack for monetizing this existential crisis. Here he is in Davos Wednesday delivering a talk unhinged rant about “rain bombs” and “boiling oceans”:

It doesn’t matter that many if not most of Al Gore’s predictions have failed to come true—Florida is still above the sea, and the snow on Mt. Kilimanjaro is still 100 feet thick–but that hasn’t stopped the former VP from making a fortune off scaring people and convincing kids like Greta Thunberg that their parents destroyed the world.


Unfortunately, for most of us who don’t have $2 million a month coming to us from a green investment fund, his work has mostly just resulted in exploding utility bills.

UPDATE: Post has been corrected to note that Gore’s Montecito mansion is oceanview, not oceanside.

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