SPRINGFIELD - Republican businessman Bruce Rauner is likely to be the richest Illinoisan to run for governor, the Chicago Tribune speculates today - richer than other Republican millionaires who've tried for the office in the past, including Ron Gidwitz, Patrick O'Malley, Jack Roeser and Steve Baer.
Rauner owns nine different million dollar residences throughout America - more than Mitt Romney.
The Chicago investor announced his intention to self-fund his gubernatorial campaign, has thus far thrown in $749,000, and says there is plenty more to come. Still, Illinoisans wonder if he and his wife Diana - unlike Governors Rod Blagojevich or Pat Quinn - will live at their historic Governor's Mansion in Illinois' capital city of Springfield?
UPDATE: Rauner responds to IR:
- A New York penthouse on Central Park in a century-old Beaux Arts style building known as The Prasada, which they paid $10 million for eight years ago, and now worth possibly $48 million.
- An oceanfront home in Key Largo, Fla., currently worth almost $7 million.
- A farm in Wyoming where he grows barley, alfalfa and winter wheat
- His New Moon Ranch in Livingston, Mont with a 6,000-square-foot home valued at $2.2 million
- A condominium in the luxury Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah, east of Salt Lake City valued at $1.75 million
- Two condominium units on East Randolph Street in Chicago's Loop. Records show Rauner paid more than $1.2 million for the smaller one, $4 million for the other.
- A second ranch in McLeod Montana.
- A Winnetka house estimated at $3.3 million, the property the Rauners consider their primary residence, on which they paid $64,337.84 in property taxes this year.
Details on the Rauner's homes are HERE.