The man who oversaw the worst worldwide pandemic in more than a 100 years is not only the highest paid doctor in the U.S. government, he is highest paid among 4 million U.S. federal employees, according to Forbes.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, 80, who recently disparaged former President Donald Trump in his first White House briefing under President Joe Biden, made a U.S.-high $417,608 in 2019 as the nation's leading infectious disease expert, per the report.
Then a global coronavirus decimated the world under his watch as Director of the National Institute for Health's (NIH) National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and current chief medical adviser to the president. More than 419,228 Americans have died with COVID-19 in the past year under Fauci's watch, and more than 2.1 million worldwide.
Fauci's salary dwarfed even that of the $400,000 made by the president, Forbes reported, citing OpenTheBooks.com's Freedom of Information Act requests of those whose salaries are paid by taxpayer dollars.
He stands to earn $2.5 million from 2019 through 2024, if he does not – or has not already – receive a raise and stays through the end of Biden's first term, Forbes reported.
Also, Fauci has raked in $3.6 million in the decade of 2010-2019, having gotten a boost from $335,000 in 2014 during the Obama administration, per the report.
The lockdowns to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus were the brainchild of Fauci last spring.
Former Vice President Mike Pence, at $235,100, was less well-paid, despite being the leader of the White House coronavirus task force Fauci was a part of.
Among the other notable U.S. government salaries, per Forbes:
- Taskforce coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx $305,972 in 2019.
- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., $223,500.
- Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts $270,700.
- House Members and Senators $174,000.
- Four-star military generals $268,000.
There are 2.1 million federal agency employees in the Executive Branch, 1.4 million military members, and 500,000 postal employees, per Forbes.
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