All as demonstrated by that NYT’s Green, Thomas Friedman. Here’s his house: Gosh.
The Thos. Friedman Estate
It’s obvious that Friedman didn’t buy this house on his New York Times salary but the source of funds: successful wife, nice inheritence, whatever, isn’t important. What strikes me is that the energy bill endorsed by Friedman and Gore will prevent anyone from living in an energy hog like this. Unless they’re friends of Friedman and Gore.
UPDATE: Mystery of the funds revealed: he married it.
Friedman’s wife, Ann, is a graduate of Stanford University and the London School of Economics. Her father, Matthew Bucksbaum, was the chairman of the board of General Growth Properties, a real estate development group. As of 2007, Forbes estimated the Bucksbaum family’s assets at $4.1 billion, including about 18.6 million square meters of mall space, but the firm’s value later plummeted. The family’s trust declined in value from $3.6 billion to $25 million. On April 16 2009, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, after failing to reach a deal with its creditors.  The GGP collapse marked the largest real estate bankruptcy in U.S. history.
Ann and Thomas Friedman live in Bethesda, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C. The July 2006 issue of Washingtonian reported that they own “a palatial 11,400-square-foot (1,060 m2) house, currently valued at $9.3 million, on a 7½-acre parcel just blocks from I-495 and Bethesda Country Club.” Friedman is paid $75,000 per speaking engagement.
Remember, children, only the Little People save energy!