Forbes names Gov. Haslam richest politician in America

Governor Bill Haslam

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – He is a partial owner of Pilot Flying J, former Knoxville Mayor, Governor of Tennessee and now the richest politician in America.

According to Forbes, Haslam’s net worth has more than doubled since August, from 970 million to an estimated 2 billion dollars, thanks to cheaper gas.


Pilot Flying J was under scrutiny after several trucking companies that purchased diesel fuel from Pilot Flying J joined a lawsuit claiming the company knowingly cheated customers out of rebates for large fuel purchases.

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Forbes said Pilot Flying J’s trailing 12-month operating income has grown from 1.1 billion dollars in August to $1.4 billion. That means Haslam, who owns fifteen percent of Pilot Flying J, is reaping the benefits.

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