Issa tops The Hill's 50 Wealthiest: Page 2 of 51

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Congress's toughest watchdog is also its richest member.

Issa wiped some significant debts from his books last year, helping him climb to the very top of The Hill's 50 Wealthiest.

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The California Republican no longer lists $75 million worth of personal notes among his liabilities. In addition, a personal loan from Union Bank went from at least $50 million in value in 2011 down to $25 million.

The bulk of Issa's wealth is kept in huge investment funds, several of which are worth $50 million each. In addition, the congressman has a number of properties valued either at least $1 million or $5 million.

Issa was a successful CEO before coming to Congress. In 1982, the lawmaker helped found Directed Electronics, which is responsible for the popular anti-car theft Viper system.

— Kevin Bogardus

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