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Al and Tipper Gore separate -- and have a fortune to split or share


The home of former Vice President Al Gore is shown in Nashville, Tenn., Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

No one is officially talking about divorce. But whether Al and Tipper Gore face the future together or apart, they have a substantial fortune to share or to split.

(See Photos of Al and Tipper Gore through the years)


The Gore house in Arlington. (Frank Johnston/The Washington Post)

His sweet Senate pension is mere lunch money next to the wealth Gore accumulated after he left the vice presidency. He logged lucrative time on the lecture circuit (contracts obtained by the Smoking Gun put his fee at $100K; other estimates run higher). He took an advisory job at Google in 2001, before its stock skyrocketed, and in 2003 joined the board of Apple, which came with generous stipends and stock options. He helped found an investment company, which then partnered with a Silicon Valley venture-capital firm. Current TV, the cable channel he founded in 2005, isn't doing badly either. Fast Company magazine recently estimated his net worth at $100 million.

They've done all right with real estate, too. The Arlington County house they bought in 1977 for $150K is assessed at $1.1 million. The Nashville mansion they bought in 2002 for $2.3 million is worth $3.3 million. They still have the farm in Carthage, Tenn., valued just below $1 million. And there's that $8.9 million place they just purchased in Oprah's seaside nabe of Montecito, Calif.

Complex math for a splitting couple? Not necessarily, said Rose Palermo, a Nashville divorce lawyer who has repped many country-9music luminaries (Wynonna; Vince Gill's ex). "There are a lot of people in Nashville with a lot of money. I don't see anything unusual about this except that they're famous."

As of Tuesday, the Gores had not filed papers locally, she said. Tennessee law doesn't require messy allegations (like infidelity or addiction) if both sides agree to a settlement. But she noted that they could choose to file in California. Wherever they file -- if they file -- this could all be handled quietly via family lawyers, assuming they agree on the terms.

"They're not into that high drama," said Palermo, who said she has known the couple for decades. "You're not going to see that John Edwards stuff coming from either one of them."

By The Reliable Source  |  June 3, 2010; 1:03 AM ET
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fat boy is tagging some young stuff and Tipper is sick of him anyway....I think he may have invented young stuff too.

Posted by: OldSalt8 | June 3, 2010 8:45 AM | Report abuse

A fortune made while never acutally having a real job or ever creating a job for someone else. A fortune basically made by defrauding the public.

Maybe he could give it all to a charity to help fight global warming?

Now we all know that won't happen.

Posted by: Jaymand | June 3, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse


It is the fortune that removes financial constraints from the union and make divorce more likely. It is also what makes Al Gore, old, fat and boring a more tempting lure for younger women. Simple stuff.

Posted by: edbyronadams | June 3, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

If they file in California, everything has to be split straight down the middle. What exactly are the laws that determine in which state a couple has to file for divorce. Can anybody just pick one or do you have to have a residence there or actually reside there for half of the year....?

Posted by: forgetthis | June 3, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Who will get the interwebs?

Posted by: thebump | June 3, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

It's sad to read some of the comments on this site. People feel safe to say whatever awful thing comes to mind when they can hide behind their computer screen. I guess trying to be polite even when discussing people you don't like or agree with is a thing of the past.

Posted by: ImNotScott | June 3, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

A fortune made while never acutally having a real job or ever creating a job for someone else. A fortune basically made by defrauding the public.

Maybe he could give it all to a charity to help fight global warming?

Now we all know that won't happen.

Posted by: Jaymand
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? What's a "real job"?


US representative is that a real job?

Us senator is that a real job?

Vice President of the United States is not a real job?

Finding and developing an investment company is not a real job?


So who decides what is and isn't a "real job"? What are the criteria used to asses if someone has a real job?

Posted by: 6thsense79 | June 3, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

If they run out of money, AL can simply make another mass-hysteria film titled, "The Sky Is Falling: the Chicken Little Story". Liberals will flock to the theatres and drink it up like the Kool-Aid that OBAMA is famous for.

Posted by: pamschuh9 | June 3, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Well folks Al and Tipper represent the "real" face of the Democrat Party today........rich elite self-righeous and self-serving.

The Democrat Party, founded by a Slave Owner, still consigns Black Americans to modern day plantations in every deep blue one-party city in America today.

For Washington DC its Planatation Anacostia.....

This plantation is invisble to the mostly rich white liberal/progressives in Northwest DC and obviously Arlington and Olde Towne Alexandria.........how sad.

But how TRUE............ the big con contines

Posted by: allenridge | June 3, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

The Palins must be drooling over the prospects of all the wealth Sarah can pile up post-elective office. I only wonder which of them will dump the other.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | June 3, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

The wealth will go to Tipper. That will shield it from all the lawsuits big Al is going to be facing because of his part in the global warming scam.

Posted by: nubeldorf1 | June 3, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

test

Posted by: blogger421 | June 3, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

You can be sure hell be pushing for climate change bills so all those green investments he made make up for the beating he's going to take in a divorce settlement.40 years is allot of cha ching!!

Posted by: votingrevolution | June 3, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

test

Posted by: blogger421 | June 3, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

As a certain radio host put it, if the Gores do in fact divorce, which one of them will get the internet?

Posted by: RambleOn | June 3, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Al is such a phony. Three big houses and this guy goes around talking "green" and telling other people how to live. Loser.

Posted by: davidkarl | June 3, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

What a JOKE. The puppet government is slowly revealing its true identity, unfortunately it is a drama series and it is sickening.
Liars and posing seem to have peaked at the Gore house. Although predictable, just when we were thinking they were a perfect couple,(HA) This was a lie just like everything Al Gore seems to be associated with, His Presidential sell out to Americans, His Nobel Peace Prize for Global Warming(fear mongering rheteric)and now this. NEXT TOPIC PLEASE.

Posted by: wmcrae4 | June 3, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

These comments say a lot more about the commenters than they do about Al Gore. Big "L" on the forehead, guys?

Posted by: uberblonde1 | June 3, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

The hateful comments here would be pitiful other than that they reveal a stupendously low intelligence and that raises the question about whether you haters have passed on your low IQ's and hate to your children. That would be a tragedy as there are already enough really stupid, hateful people around.

Posted by: AlanBrowne | June 3, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

No large carbon footprint in Al's life, eh?

Posted by: sjlyons | June 3, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Although I don't like Al Gore at all. It saddens me to hear that after 40 yrs of marriage they are splitting up. However, that doesn't take away from the fact that he is a hypocrit when it comes to his concern of global warming and going green. He has 3 massive homes that eat up resources and a huge farm. I can't confirm this but I heard he travels around the country on his private jet. Plus he owns several vehicles. He made alot of money on the global warming movie through speaking engagements. I suppose he feels he needs to do his bit to help the economy by using up more than his share of fossil fuels. Like a said, what a hypocrit.

Posted by: mrslowjack | June 3, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

What a modest and green kinda guy that Al Gore is....his leading by example is so inspiring.........

I bet every square foot of ALL those house Al and Tipper got lost in is "green"........

Liberals are such paragons of environmental (and other) commitment, never hypocritical.......

Posted by: georgedixon | June 3, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

All those big homes, the private air travel, the entourage. What is Al Gore's carbon footprint? Absolute hypocrisy. Al Gore has no legitimacy. He is truly a fraud. He tells us that we use too much energy while he lives this grand lifestyle. Enough. I challenge him to debate, without censorship, on live television, those that disagree with him. But the only way he can preserve his message is a one sided debate. Coward.

Posted by: bobbo2 | June 3, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

I guess Tipper already has the lockbox.

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | June 3, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Absolutely outrageous. A $100 million fortune built almost exclusively from a life in politics. I don't think he's ever held a serious job.

Posted by: edwardallen54 | June 3, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

I agree that the vitriol posted on the Washington Post web site is quite extraordinary.

Yes, Gore cashed in on his prominence to make money. Who wouldn't if they could? Others, like Cheney as an obvious example, have done exactly the same thing.

The science, to say nothing of actual evidence is clear, the earth is getting warmer. Those who dispute that simply aren't willing at accept the facts.

Posted by: Adirondax | June 3, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Who gets the patent for the INTERNET?

Posted by: richard36 | June 3, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Unbelievable number of people suffering from rectal-cranial inversion. I guess Rush and Glen have been spewing out enough for regurgitation.
When was the last time some of these rednecks (redneck: someone who thinks ignorance is a virtue) looked at the satellite photos of the poles and Greenland? Or do they think this is made up in a studio like the idiots who still think the moon landings were staged?
But the shills for the Dixiecrat-Republican philosophy that industry should be left to decide for itself about pollution control, safety (let's hear it for mine safety and drilling platform safety) are running amok.
And complaining that Al has three homes!! Want to bet he voted for McCain with his seven homes? Want to compare Al's married life over 40 years with John's philandering and abusive relationships?

Posted by: roscym1 | June 3, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

If you want to become rich and famous (and rich), politics is the way to go. Next time I think of fat cat, influence peddling lobbyist, I'll think of good ole Al.

Posted by: ShovelPlease | June 3, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Can you say....COUGAR!!

Posted by: lek91091 | June 3, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Cougar!!!

Posted by: lek91091 | June 3, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Well, they had some good years and good wealth built up! Four children when studied in Harvard! And seem like they are settled well..

It their wealth and their life! They seem sensible people who can make sound decisions.

Good to know that they would not be poor if they separate! After all she was former second lady of United States and it would be good if is taken good care off..

I think it is classy to announce separation rather than announce halluballu in a marriage .. America can learn from it..

Posted by: pkenjige | June 3, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

3 mansions Al? I wonder what your carbon foot print is. This guy is the biggest hypocrite, do as I say not as I do. He preaches the gospel of the environment but he does not follow it.

Posted by: osheehan1 | June 3, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse


Well, they had some good years and good wealth built up! Four children. all studied in Harvard! And seem like they are settled well..

It is their wealth and their life! They seem sensible people who can make sound decisions.

Good to know that they would not be poor if they are separated! After all she was former second lady of United States and deserve to be presented well after all these years of marriage. In other words, she deserves to live well, even if she is separated.. ( so get the Arlington house )

I think it is classy to announce separation rather than announce halluballu in a marriage .. America can learn from it..

Posted by: pkenjige | June 3, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Alan Browne!!

Posted by: caddyb | June 3, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

The hateful comments here would be pitiful other than that they reveal a stupendously low intelligence and that raises the question about whether you haters have passed on your low IQ's and hate to your children. That would be a tragedy as there are already enough really stupid, hateful people around.

Posted by: AlanBrowne | June 3, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

When bush Jr. time was getting over, and very many people in America were expecting finally fair investigation of 9/11/2001 events, there were dense gossip that Laura Bush filed for divorce in Texas? and it would go through just after Bush's term is over. However, nobody investigated the internal crimes of 9/11, and Laura Bush didn't go through with her divorce. Now people are reasonable expecting the great crash of democrats in November, and, probably, even no survival of the party, as American major party. I think that now Tipper is doing exactly the same, what Laura allegedly did then. Probably, it was also Laura's people then, who were disseminating that gossip about filed divorce. It means, pertinently, that, if democrat's crash won't be really overwhelming or simply as big as there are all reasons to expect it to be, Gores separation would be over. I am pretty sure about it, but let us wait and see.

Posted by: aepelbaum | June 3, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

I think it's safe to say that they practice different religions.

Posted by: nicehousecrappycar | June 3, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

I had no idea that Republicans and those of Tea Party persuasion were so opposed to monetary success. As to climate change, if a scam, I wonder where to place blame for the ravages of the Earth over which God gave us stewardship?

Posted by: deehoover | June 3, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

I've known the Gores (not intimately) for 34 years and have been in the Carthage house. My guess would be:

1) Tipper gets the place in Arlington (the home she grew up in) and moves there permanently.

2) Al gets the farm (which he got from his father), but since it's not the Carthage farm where he summered as a child, he either leases or sells it.

3) They sell the new vacation spot in California and split the proceeds.

4) He stays (for now) in the Nashville palace -- which he has outfitted as a conglomerate nerve center -- and probably gets restrained condos in DC and California.

All these places are spacious, and it certainly looks hypocritical for him to be maintaining so much wasted living space.

Posted by: threedy | June 3, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

I'm pretty sure that Al Gore had a "real" job from 1969-71, cause that's when he was serving his country as a private soldier in the U.S. Army, including a tour of duty in Viet Nam.

Posted by: kguy1 | June 3, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

that is one hell of a carbon footprint with all those mansions. But I am sure he makes up for it by driving a Prius.

Posted by: djrhood | June 3, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Absolutely outrageous. A $100 million fortune built almost exclusively from a life in politics. I don't think he's ever held a serious job.

Posted by: edwardallen54
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You people are priceless. One reader accussed Gore of not having a real job and now you accuse him of not having a 'serious' job.

Lets see Gore has been:
1. House member
2. Senator to the US
3. Vice President
4. Founder of an investment company
5. A member of the US army

A member of the house and senate is not a serious job? Vice President to the United States is not a serious job? Serving in the US army is not a serious job? Let us know Edward.

Posted by: 6thsense79 | June 3, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

I swear Drudge or Rush or some other nutcase right wing outfit sends its audience to the Washington Post site to spew every time there's a front page story about a Democrat. Did Rush point out this article and sic you folks on the allegedly liberal paper?

The Rs love that meme about Al Gore's carbon footprint. As noted above, the Tennessee house is also a place of business. And how do you know what the carbon footprint of those admittedly too huge houses is? Maybe they're solar powered and otherwise using green technology. Heck, any one of those houses may be more energy efficient than those mobile homes the haters live in.

Posted by: thingsfallapart | June 4, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

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