Most parents of college-age kids can relate to the gut-punch of tuition fees, and the expensive, elite universities the children of Mike and Karen Pence attended hit their bank accounts pretty hard. In fact, as of 2019, the Pences owed between $100,000 and $245,000 over eight Parent PLUS student loans they took out to help put their three children through college, according to Forbes. Pence’s children weren’t exactly community college kids, either. Daughter Charlotte went to DePaul University and is currently studying divinity at Harvard (per Christian Post), while her sister, Audrey, went to Northwestern University in Chicago, and is now at Yale Law School (via The Washington Post). Meanwhile, son Michael Pence, Jr., who is a marine, attended Purdue University.

With such impressive pedigrees, surely the Pence children will be successful and may even be able to shower their parents in luxury later in life. Not that the Pences will need that, necessarily. It’s certainly possible that our current veep could follow in the footsteps of former vice president Al Gore, who, like him, had a relatively modest net worth of $1.7 million while in office, but grew his fortune with his book and movie, An Inconvenient Truth, which grossed $24 million in box office sales alone in 2006 (per HuffPost).

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