U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and his campaign manager Kellyanne Conway greet supporters during his election night rally in Manhattan, New York, U.S., November 9, 2016.

Kellyanne Conway’s net worth is higher than you might think. And her recent career climb — from the strategist behind Donald Trump’s rise to his campaign manager to his White House counselor — has been closely watched by the media.

But when Conway joined the Trump administration, she and her husband, New York City lawyer George Conway, disclosed assets worth up to $39.3 million. Much of that wealth comes from Kellyanne’s political-polling business, which she started in 1995, at the age of 28. In September, she finally sold the business, which she had an estimated $1-5 million stake in. She avoided paying hefty taxes thanks to a loophole that applies to executive branch employees.

Today, Conway is earning an annual salary of $179,700, according to the Staff Salaries report that was published by the White House on June 30. 

Here’s how she has amassed her fortune — and spent it — since graduating law school.

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After graduating from law school at George Washington University, Conway worked as an assistant at a firm headed by Richard Wirthlin, who was President Ronald Reagan’s pollster and strategist. She later worked with Newt Gingrich in the 1990s.

Source: The New Yorker

In 1995, at the age of 28, Conway founded The Polling Company. New York magazine reported that Conway quickly recognized “there was money to be made” in advising private corporations and politicians on how women vote.

Source: New York magazine

During the ’90s, Conway began making regular TV appearances along with other political commentators like Ann Coulter.

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