So when Al Gore got his election as president of the USA annulled by the rightwing of the Supreme Court (with support from Bush Jr.'s brother Jeb's state government) Gore was worth about 2 million bucks from his books and family money etc.
The Republicans wanted someone who was a "bidness man" like Bush Jr., even though the little W's only business experience had been with companies his father's friends gave him and he screwed up. But the Republicans were adamant that a "tree hugger" like Gore who was all gooey eyed about "liberal" ideas would make a bad president for the economy and business, and Bush/Cheney wouldn't.
But it was Bush/Cheney who put the economy in the toilet and would have put it into a worse depression than The Great Depression if they hadn't run out of time and Obama and the Dems hadn't turned things around (despite Republican attempts to sabotage their efforts etc.).
While meanwhile, Gore went on to now be worth 300 million. Hmmmm......