In terms of personal finances, the Senate president dwarfs the House speaker. Senate President Don Gaetz lists his net worth at $26.2 million, compared to $288,075 reported by Speaker Weatherford, according to newly filed disclosure forms.
The president’s wealth has grown from $21.4 million in 2010 to a $24.9 million figure that was reported in 2012. A co-founder of VITAS Healthcare Corp., Gaetz reported having $6.5 million in securities, $8.4 million in bank accounts, and $10.4 million in real estate, including properties in Seaside, Seagrove Beach, Panama City, Santa Rosa Beach, Destin, Georgia, Wisconsin, and New York City. Gaetz also lists loans of $50,000 (secured) and $24,807 (personal) to his son Rep. Matt Gaetz.
(source: News Service of Florida, Saintpetersblog.com)