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- First NameMarianne Williamson
As Americans’ faith in President Donald Trump continues to be tested, especially now with the Trump Administration’s ineptitude in containing the spread of COVID-19, possibly costing millions of lives, we look towards the 2020 Presidential Election.
While the final decision for the presidency is still very much in the air, one person who certainly will not be winning is Marianne Williamson, who recently dropped out of the running for President.
An author, activist, public speaker, and spiritual leader, Marianne, looked to have, at the very least, a fighting chance, but it was not to be, and she withdrew her name from the gauntlet on January 10, 2020.
Despite that, Marianne has lived a life in service of humanity and accumulated a hefty net worth in the process. We look at her wealth and net worth in this article.
Marianne Williamson: Net Worth In 2020
As of March 2020, Marianne boasts an impressive net worth of $2 million. At the height of her popularity in 2013, her net worth was valued as high as $5 million.
A New York Times bestselling author, she has authored over a dozen books, four of which have landed in the New York Times bestseller list.
Born in a conservative Jewish household, Marianne grew to become a skeptic and question the presence of a divine entity when there was so much suffering in the world (Marianne was a strong opposer of the Vietnam War).
Most of her adulthood was spent in a haze of sex, drugs, and existential crisis. Her saving grace came in the form of a book by Helen Schucman, called A Course in Miracles which helped her delve into spirituality and metaphysics.
She embraced her new role in life wholeheartedly and has been a teacher, a public speaker, a pastor, and an author teaching her ways to the rest of the world.
Failed 2020 Presidential Candidate Run
On January 9, 2019, Marianne threw her name in the gauntlet as a Democratic representative in the 2020 United States presidential election.
After her fundraisers failed to raise enough money to fund her run, she had to undercut her staff. She officially pulled out of the running on January 10, 2020, and instead endorsed Bernie Sanders.
In the middle of the great economic recession of 2008, Marianne lost two Florida homes worth a combined $3 million when she failed to pay the mortgage payments.
Before that, she sold her $2.7 million home in 1998 and became a pastor right around the time she had her child.
Part of the reason why Marianne was even in the running for the Presidential Election was due to her image as a philanthropist. An altruist of unequal measure, Marianne has spearheaded numerous charity drives for addressing the most crucial issues plaguing mankind today: causes like world peace, global famine, and climate change.
Backed by the funding of billionaire magnate David Geffen, Marianne co-founded the first Center for Living in 1987 with a minister of the New Age Church of Religious Science, Louise Hay, which provided non-medical intervention and rehabilitation for people with life-threatening diseases.
In 1989, Marianne started a sister charity drive called Project Angel Food in conjunction with the Center for Living. The project aided people afflicted with HIV/AIDS. Project Angel Food outshone its predecessor and, by 1992, had raised over $1.5 million in funding and was supplying 400 meals a day to bedridden HIV/AIDS patients.
Marianne also co-founded the Global Renaissance Alliance in 1998 with author Neale Donald Walsch. The non-profit organization started as a prayer space for global peace, but after being renamed The Peace Alliance in 2004, its mission has been re-aligned to provide grassroots education and training to foster world peace. To date, the organization has raised over $100 million in funding for proliferating international peace.
Besides her global charity drives, she also launched the Sister Giant conferences to foster more women’s participation in politics. Additionally, she served as a board member for Results Educational Fund, an organization against poverty.
Marianne Williamson: Biography
Early Life And Childhood
Marianne was born Marianne Deborah Williamson on July 8, 1952, in Houston, Texas. The youngest of three children, Marianne, was born to the WW2-vet-turned-lawyer Samuel “Sam” Williamson and his wife, Sophie Ann Kaplan.
She was raised in a conservative Jewish household and attended the local synagogue.
She studied at Bellaire High School and, upon graduation, studied theater and philosophy at Pomona College in Claremont, California, but dropped out in her second year.
She lived a nomadic lifestyle, traveling as far as New Mexico, eventually settling there and attending the University of New Mexico. She dropped out of there as well and moved to her Austin, Texas, and enrolled in the University of Texas.
Marriage And Personal Life
While nowadays, Marianne’s life seems stable, most of her adult life was spent in a haze of sex and drugs.
At one point, she was married to a Houston business magnate, but it started as swiftly as it ended.
In 1990, she welcomed a daughter born out of wedlock, India Emmaline. The name of the father still remains undisclosed.