Hearings on the Capitol Hill are not exactly the place where people arrive iced out and wearing expensive jewelry. The clothes are difficult to determine, but rings, watches, chains are not so hard to figure out how much they really cost. Most people arriving for testimony arrive in the least assuming garbs they can find, but it was not the case when Gordon Sondland arrived inside the room where the impeachment hearings were going on.
The hearing is being held to determine if President Donald Trump withheld aid to a foreign nation in order to force them into investigating the son of Presidential hopeful Joe Biden. But two things where the dominating topic, coming out of the testimony of Gordon Sondland, the face of Devin Nunes during the short recess and the iced out wrist of the American Ambassador to the UN.
When Gordon Sondland arrived on Wednesday to the impeachment hearing, he looked neat and tidy in a slick suit with his initials on the left cuff. But the shirt or the coat is not the thing which got everyone talking; it was the beautiful and extremely expensive watch he was wearing, which turned everyone’s head.
Gordon Sondland’s $55,000 Watch During the Impeachment Hearing
As Gordon Sondland sat down at the table with a mic in front of him, the Ambassador took the water on the table, and the watch was there for all to see. Gordon Sondland was wearing a Breguet 18-carat white gold marine chronograph watch, which costs $55,300.
Source: Washington Examiner
Yup, the man wore a $55,300 costing watch to a hearing and then testified Donald Trump was involved in a “quid-pro-quo.” It was probably a bit overkill wearing such an expensive watch to a hearing, but it is his money, so good on him, probably.
What is Gordon Sondland’s Net Worth?
Gordon Sondland was not a rich man starting out in the 80s, but there was a plan in his mind to make something for the future. To make the dream into a reality, Sondland asked money from his friends and brother-in-law, and he raised close to $8 million. He used the money to buy the Roosevelt Hotel in Seattle and started renovation to turn the hotel into a luxury destination.
The idea worked, and it was the foundation on which the now-famous Provenance Hotels was built on. It cost him $7.8 million to renovate the hotel, and the hotel is now valued at $58 million. Slowly he was able to grow the Provenance Hotel chains, and he became the CEO of the group in 2002, where he remained till 2018 when he was tapped to become the Ambassador to the UN.
Source: The New Republic
When he was asked to step into the UN role, the economic disclosure revealed he and his wife Katherine Durant earned between $5.5 million and $9.3 million by the end of 2018 and the first quarter of 2019. He was also the manager of an LLC, which owned the Lear jet, but he sold the plane when he became the Ambassador.
Sondland is also the owner of a house in the exclusive and expensive community in the West Hills neighborhood of Portland. The total cost of his house is thought to be around $2.2 million, and he was also provided with a home in Brussels by the US government, where he spends more than $1 million of the tax payer’s money to renovate the house.
Source: Business Insider
The Ambassador is also the owner of paintings, and an art collection valued between $5 million to $25 million, and when everything is considered, the former hotel chain chairman and current Ambassador to UN is worth above $78 million. No wonder he wore a $55,000 watch to a hearing, it is probably the cheapest watch he owns.
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