|birth date||May 16, 1980 (42 years old)|
|Born in||Ahaus, Germany|
|Marital status||married to Daniel Funke (since 2017)|
How rich is Jens Spahn?
Jens Spahn has long been considered a great hope of the CDU. He has been a member of the Bundestag since 2002 and has been a member of the presidium of his party since 2014. He was also Minister of Health from 2018 to 2021. However, his image suffered from a number of scandals, such as dubious real estate purchases and the dubious procurement of respiratory masks through his ministry. Jens Spahn ‘s estimated net worth is 3 million euros .
Jens Spahn Net Worth
The wages that Jens Spahn receives and received as a professional politician are fairly well documented. When he first entered the Bundestag in 2002, the allowances were still around 6900 euros a month plus a monthly flat rate of around 3400 euros. Since the summer of 2021, the diets have been around 10,000 euros and the flat-rate fee around 4,600 euros. Spahn has earned over 1.8 million euros as a member of the Bundestag alone. Then there are the wages he received for other political offices. As Parliamentary State Secretary, which he was from 2015 to 2018, his basic monthly salary was around 11,100 euros, plus an expense allowance of around 3,300 euros a month. His salaries as Federal Minister, which he was from 2018 to 2021 and which are around 15,000 euros a month, also increased his wealth.
In addition to his political activities, Spahn has several sideline activities. In 2006 he founded a lobby agency that advised customers in the pharmaceutical industry. 2010 sold his shares in the company. In 2017 and 2018 he also held shares in a company that developed tax return software.
Steep rise in the CDU
In 1995, at the age of 15, Jens Spahn joined the youth association of the CDU, the Junge Union. Two years later he became a member of the CDU. After graduating from high school in 1999, he began training as a bank clerk in Münster and at the same time began to advance his political career. In 1999 he also became district chairman of the Junge Union Borken and moved into the city council of Ahaus. In 2001 he successfully completed his training. At the CDU constituency assembly in October 2001, he was designated as the direct candidate for the 2002 federal election .
In the Bundestag elections in September 2002, Spahn received 48.2 percent of the votes as a candidate for the Steinfurt I – Borken I constituency. This was his first seat in the Bundestag. In 2003 he began studying political science at the Fernuniversität Hagen, which he completed in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree and in 2017 with a master’s degree. As a member of the coalition working group of the then governing parties CDU/CSU and SPD, Spahn was involved in the preparation of the 2007 health care reform.
High offices of state
In 2009, Spahn became health policy spokesman for the CDU and CSU and remained so until 2015 . In November 2014 he became chairman of the CDU’s Federal Committee on Health and Care. At the federal party conference of the CDU in December 2014, he was elected to the executive committee of his party for the first time. From 2015 to 2018 he held the position of Parliamentary State Secretary in the Ministry of Finance. In March 2018, Spahn became Minister of Health. At 38, he was the youngest minister in Chancellor Angela Merkel ‘s fourth cabinet . In December 2018, Spahn stood for election as party leader of the CDU, but was defeated by Annegret Kamp-Karrenbauer and Friedrich Merz .
Image damage from dubious deals
From the beginning of 2020, Spahn’s tenure as Minister of Health was primarily characterized by the corona pandemic, in which he initially made a positive impression. However , events such as the mask affair damaged his image . Several CDU/CSU politicians procured respiratory masks in dubious ways. Some of them received handsome commissions and thus increased their wealth. Among other things, in April 2020, Spahn arranged for the Ministry of Health to purchase more than half a million masks from his husband Daniel Funke’s employer.
In addition , Spahn and Funke bought a villa in Berlin in the summer of 2020 for over four million euros . They received the necessary loan from the Sparkasse Westmünsterland, where Spahn, explosively, sat on the board of directors from 2009 to 2015. In the federal elections in September 2021, the CDU and CSU lost their majority, which is why they were no longer part of the government from December 2021. Jens Spahn therefore also lost his ministerial post.