By Kevin Bogardus and Megan R. Wilson - 08/20/13 08:55 AM EDT
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.
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