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NEWS BRIEFS

Cooling Centers to open in Multnomah County Saturday, Sunday

Temperatures expected to climb into the upper 90s this weekend ...

Multnomah County Leaders Release Statement on Safety at Summer Events

Officials advise public to check in, have a plan and be aware at public events ...

Portland Musician, Educator Thara Memory Dies

Grammy-winning Trumpeter, composer, teacher died Saturday at the age of 68 ...

St. Johns Center for Opportunity to Host Meet the Employer Event June 27

Employers represented will include Mary’s Harvest and Del Monte ...

New Self-Defense Organization Offers Training to Youth in Multnomah County

EMERJ-SafeNow offers July classes for children ages 8-10 and youth ages 15-19 ...

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Our Children Deserve High Quality Teachers

It’s critical that parents engage with educational leaders and demand equal access to high quality teachers ...

Civil Rights Groups Ask for Broad Access to Affordable Lending

Charlene Crowell writes that today’s public policy housing debate is also an opportunity to learn from the mistakes of the past and...

Criminal Justice Disparities Present Barriers to Re-entry

Congressional Black Caucus Member Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.) writes about the fight to reduce disparities in our criminal justice...

Bill Maher Betrayed Black Intellectuals

Armstrong Williams talks about the use of the n-word and the recent Bill Maher controversy ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

ENTERTAINMENT

There are an awful lot of millionaires at the Federal Reserve.

Financial disclosure forms released Tuesday show that all seven current members of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors have assets worth more than $1 million.

Ben Bernanke, the current chairman, might wield more power than his colleagues, but he's at the low end of the wealth list with assets between $1.1 million and $2.3 million. The report shows that Bernanke is carrying a mortgage of between $500,000 and $1,000,000 on his home.

In addition to his government salary, the Fed chief also hauled in some significant income from textbook sales, including more than $100,000 in royalties from publisher McGraw-Hill.

The disclosure forms, posted by the Wall Street Journal, use broad monetary ranges to value assets, making a more precise accounting impossible.

Deputy Janet Yellen, considered a frontrunner to replace Bernanke as the next Fed chairman, has considerably more assets than her boss.

Her disclosure form lists between $4.8 million and $13.2 million of assets. Most are held in a trust held jointly with her husband and Nobel-winning economist George Akerlof. Yellen's portfolio includes retirement accounts and funds from her days at the University of California, in additional to some individual shares in companies like Pfizer and OfficeMax.

The economist also has the quirkiest asset of the group: a stamp collection worth between $15,000 and $50,000.



The collection is not the only oddity reported by Fed officials. Financial statements released from 2010 show Dallas Fed president Richard Fisher owned more than 7,000 acres of land, $1 million in gold and as much as $250,000 in uranium.

The other frontrunner to succeed Bernanke, former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, has not been required to complete a disclosure form since leaving the government. But the former White House adviser's most recent filing, made in 2009, showed a range of assets worth between $17 million and $39 million, according to Bloomberg.

Jerome Powell, a former private equity heavyweight, appears to have the biggest bankroll of current Fed governors. The former Carlyle Group partner had a top-end estimate of nearly $50 million.

The remaining governors -- Jeremy Stein, Elizabeth Duke, Sarah Bloom Raskin and Daniel Tarullo -- all posted disclosure forms indicating wealth of at least $1 million, but no more than $12 million.

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