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Sonia Gandhi Net Worth
$2.7 Million

Sonia Gandhi Net Worth
  • Sonia Gandhi, the Indian National Congress party president, has declared her net worth to be $2.7 Million in the 2019 elections.
  • She became the president of INC in 1998, seven years after his husband and India’s former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was murdered.
  • Sonia Gandhi was born in Italy and was raised in a Christian family.
  • Sonia Gandi is popularly known as one of the most powerful politicians in India. Sometimes, she even gets referred to as the most influential woman in the world.
  • Under her leadership, the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) formed the government for two consecutive terms: 2004 and 2009.
  • During the 1999 Lok Sabha Elections, Sonia Gandhi won two seats in the form of Bellary and Amethi. She chose the seat of Amethi.
  • She was the leader of the opposition in 1999 when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the country’s prime minister.
  • During the 2004 elections, Sonia Gandhi launched a ruthless campaign against the NDA and led the UPA to form the new government.
  • Because of the constant agitation from the opposition leaders, Sonia Gandhi named Dr. Manmohan Singh to be the next Prime Minister of India.
  • In 2006, Sonia Gandhi resigned from Lok Sabha and National Advisory Council due to the office-of-profit controversy. Later, she was re-elected.
  • She helped Congress to win another general election in 2009 with a clear majority to the UPA. Manmohan Singh resumed his Prime Minister post.
  • In 2017, Sonia Gandhi’s son, Rahul Gandhi, took over as the president of the INC. However, because of the party’s consecutive defeats, Rahul Gandhi resigned from the post in 2019. Sonia Gandhi came in again as the interim president of the party.

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How Much is Sonia Gandhi’s Net Worth?

During the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Sonia Gandhi declared that her net worth was $2.7 million. She mentioned that she has a fixed deposit of $20,000. She has invested $300,000 in mutual funds. She also has a saving worth $100,000 in postal investments. She also has an inherited property worth $30,000 in Italy.

However, these are just the figures that Sonia Gandhi has declared to the Election Commission of India. Her actual net worth is speculated to be in billions of dollars. It is impossible to find out the real net worth of politicians.

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Sonia Gandhi Net Worth: How Has She Created It?

Sonia Gandhi’s declared net worth of $2.7 million has the significant contributions of M.P. salaries, NAC earnings, and other investments and dividends. She earns around $50,000 as a salary for being a member of Parliament. She was also the head of the National Advisory Council (NAC). So, some part of her wealth came from there.

She has been an active politician for more than 20 years. She might have other undisclosed properties that are impossible to find out. As per her declarations to the election commission in 2019, she has an ancestral home in Italy, worth $30,000. She has $40,000 in bank deposits, $300,000 in mutual funds, $32,000 in the Public Provident Fund, and some amount in the form of jewellery.

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Sonia Gandhi Facts

Full Name Sonia Gandhi (Birth name: Sonia Maino)
Net Worth $2.7 Million
Date Of Birth December 9, 1946
Place Of Birth Lusiana, Veneto, Italy
Profession Politician, President of Indian National Congress
Education Local Catholic school, Turin, Italy

Bell Educational Trust’s language school, Cambridge, England

Nationality Indian
Spouse Rajiv Gandhi (death: 1991)
Parents Stefano Maino, Paola Maino
Siblings Nadia and Anoushka
Nicknames None
Honours Ranked #21 by Forbes’ Powerful People 2013

Ranked #9 by Forbes’ Power Women 2013

The 3rd most powerful woman in the Worth by Forbes in 2007

Honorary Doctorate (Literature) by The University of Madras – 2008

The Order of King Leopold by Belgium Government – 2006

Honorary Doctorate by the Brussels University – 2006

Appeared in Time’s list of 100 most influential people in the world – 2007 and 2008

Ranked #29 in the New Statesman’s list of The World’s 50 Most Influential Figures – 2010

Posts President of the Indian National Congress – 1998 to 2017 and 2019 to Present

Head of the United Progressive Alliance – 2004 to present

Head of National Advisory Council – 2004 to 2006, 2010 to 2014

Leader of the Opposition – 1998 to 2004

Member of Parliament – 1999 to Present

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Sonia Gandhi Biography

Sonia Gandhi is the present president of the oldest political party of India, the Indian National Congress. She is the widow of the former Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi. Sonia Gandhi became the leader of the Congress party seven years after the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi.

The birth name of Sonia Gandhi was Edvige Antonia Albina Maino. She was born on December 9, 1946, in a tiny village in Italy. She was raised in a conventional Christian family. After completing her schooling at the age of 13, she wanted to become a flight attendant. She went to the Bell Educational Trust’s language school, Cambridge, in 1964, to learn English.

In the same year, she met Rajiv Gandhi in a bar in Cambridge. She was a bar attendant back then, and Rajiv Gandhi was studying engineering at Trinity College. They fell in love and got married in 1968. They moved to India and started living with Rajiv’s mother, the then Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi. They had two children – Priyanka Gandhi (now, Priyanka Vadra), and Rahul Gandhi. After the death of Rajiv’s younger brother Sanjay Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi entered into the Indian political scene. Sonia Gandhi is Italian by birth and has acquired Indian citizenship in 1983.

In 1984, Sonia Gandhi entered politics when she started campaigning for her husband in the Amethi constituency. Rajiv Gandhi became the prime minister, and the couple was considered the most powerful couple in the world. After the completion of Rajiv’s term of five years, a scandal named ‘Bofors Scandal’ came to light. In this scandal, Sonia Gandhi was blamed for helping her Italian friend and businessman, Ottavio Quattrocchi, in an expensive weapons deal.

In 1991, Rajiv Gandhi was murdered, and the congress party leaders asked Sonia Gandhi to take his place as the prime minister. She refused to do that so, another senior party leader, P.V. Narasimha Rao, took the chair. In 1998, Sonia Gandhi officially became the president of the Indian National Congress.

In 1999, Sonia Gandhi contested the general elections from two seats – Bellary (Karnataka) and Amethi (U.P.). She won from both the seats and went on to represent Amethi in Parliament. Since the party didn’t win, another national party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), formed the government under the leadership of Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Sonia Gandhi was named as the leader of opposition in the Parliament and Lok Sabha.

During the 2004 General Elections, Sonia Gandhi was chosen the leader of 15 coalition party alliance known as the United Progressive Alliance (UPA). She campaigned against the BJP and fought hard. The UPA won the elections, and Sonia Gandhi was all set to become India’s prime minister. However, many leaders opposed her ruthlessly and warned her of the consequences if she becomes the PM due to her foreign origins. Due to various legal and political pressure, Sonia Gandhi named Dr. Manmohan Singh as the next Prime Minister of India.

It’s said that the party chief, Sonia Gandhi, controlled Dr. Manmohan Singh. She was involved in the infamous ‘office-of-profit’ controversy in 2006. She resigned from her post of the National Advisory Council due to that controversy. Later that year, she was re-elected from Rae Bareli’s constituency.

In the 2009 General elections, Sonia Gandhi led Congress again won the majority of seats and formed the government. During this government, many scams surfaced in the media and took a toll on the party’s image. The Coal scam and 2G scams were the biggest scams that tarnished Congress’s public image and its leaders.

The BJP campaigned against the ruling party during the next General Elections in 2014. The entire media painted Congress as a party of scammers. The election results were quite obvious. Congress lost, and the BJP came into power. However, Sonia Gandhi still managed to win from her constituency and resumed her position as a Member of Parliament. She is still the Indian National Congress’s interim president, after her son, Rahul Gandhi, resigned from the post.

The net worth of Sonia Gandhi is declared as $2.7 million as of 2020. However, she is involved in a lot of controversies in her long political career. One of such controversies is known as the National Herald corruption case. In this case, both Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi are facing probable jail time because of the alleged criminal misappropriation of $700 million. The case is still going on.

In her 2 decades-long political career, Sonia Gandhi has been one of the strongest forces in the Indian political environment. She was also regarded as one of the world’s most influential persons. Her son, Rahul Gandhi, is the current face of the Indian National Congress party. Sonia Gandhi should be given the full credits for establishing him as one of the most influential faces in Indian politics. However, the consecutive losses of the party have diminished the powers she once had.

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