Credit: Illustration by William Rieser

County Government

  • Ike Leggett, County Executive: $183,134
  • Craig Rice, County Councilmember Dist. 2, Council President: $116,254
  • Phil Andrews, Roger Berliner, Cherri Branson, Marc Elrich, Nancy Floreen, George Leventhal, Nancy Navarro and Hans Riemer, County councilmembers: $105,686  
  • Patrick Lacefield, Director, Public Information Office: $176,550
  • Darren Popkin, Sheriff: $156,464
  • Steven Silverman, Director of Economic Development: $187,200
  • Timothy Firestine, Chief Administrative Officer: $285,000
  • Steven Lohr, Fire Chief: $186,222
  • Uma Ahluwalia, Director, Department of Health and Human Services: $214,752
  • George Griffin, Director, Department of Liquor Control: $178,456
  • J. Thomas Manger, Police Chief: $225,267
  • Betty Parker Hamilton, Director, Department of Public Libraries: $197,600
  • Gabriel Albornoz, Director, Department of Recreation: $173,313
  • Cindy Gibson, Chief of Staff for Roger Berliner: $122,362
  • Sonya Healy, Chief of Staff for Cherri Branson: $143,061
  • Adam Fogel, Chief of Staff for Nancy Navarro: $101,520
  • Judy Jablow, Chief of Staff for Nancy Floreen: $109,001
  • Steven Goldstein, Chief of Staff for Craig Rice: $119,687
  • Dale Tibbitts, Chief of Staff for Marc Elrich: $98,533
  • Patty Vitale, Chief of Staff for George Leventhal: $124,982
  • Ken Silverman, Chief of Staff for Hans Riemer: $69,461
  • Phil Kauffman, President, At-Large, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Board of Education: $22,500
  • Christopher S. Barclay, Shirley Brandman, Judith Docca, Michael A. Durso, Patricia O’Neill and Rebecca Smondrowski, members of MCPS Board of Education: $18,500

State and Federal Government

  • John Delaney and Chris Van Hollen, U.S. House of Representatives: $174,000
  • Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski, U.S. Senate: $174,000
  • Francis S. Collins, Director, National Institutes of Health: $199,700


  • Mark Turgeon, men’s basketball coach, University of Maryland: $1.9 million
  • Joshua Starr, Superintendent, MCPS: $260,100
  • Karen Lockard, Principal, Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School: $150,995
  • Alan Goodwin, Principal, Walt Whitman High School: $153,425
  • Jennifer Baker, Principal, Walter Johnson High School: $154,925
  • Michael Doran, Principal, Thomas S. Wootton High School: $154,425
  • Damon Monteleone, Principal, Richard Montgomery High School: $117,669
  • Renay Johnson, Principal, Montgomery Blair High School: $154,925
  • Susanna Jones, Head of School, Holton-Arms School: $323,987 ($459,842 total compensation package)
  • David Armstrong, President and Headmaster, Landon School: $326,680 ($417,899 total compensation package)
  • Gerald Boarman, Head of School, Bullis School: $373,498 ($490,624 total compensation package)
  • DeRionne Pollard, President, Montgomery College: $281,000
  • Stewart Edelstein, Executive Director, The Universities at Shady Grove: $204,798


  • David Zaslav, President and CEO, Discovery Communications: $33.35 million
  • Marillyn Hewson, Chairman, President and CEO, Lockheed Martin: $25.16 million
  • Arne Sorenson, President and CEO, Marriott International: $9.16 million
  • Martine Rothblatt, Chairman and CEO, United Therapeutics: $38.22 million
  • Malon Wilkus, Chairman and CEO, American Capital: $9.54 million
  • Thomas Baltimore Jr., President and CEO, RLJ Lodging Trust: $8.73 million
  • Don  Wood, President and CEO, Federal Realty Investment Trust: $8.45 million
  • W. Edward Walter, President and CEO, Host Hotels & Resorts: $6.07 million
  • Stephen Joyce, President and CEO, Choice Hotels International: $4.67 million
  • Ronald Paul, Chairman, President and CEO, Eagle Bancorp: $8.24 million
  • Daniel Schrider, President and CEO, Sandy Spring Bancorp: $1.19 million
  • Barbara Krumsiek, President and CEO, Calvert Investments: $157,500
  • Gigi Godwin, President and CEO, Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce: $215,712  ($224,347 total compensation package)

The Arts

  • Eliot Pfanstiehl, CEO, Strathmore: $189,242 ($252,631 total compensation package)
  • Marin Alsop, Music Director, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra: $245,113 ($535,548 total compensation package from the BSO; plus $615,000 as an independent contractor as conductor)
  • Bonnie Fogel, Founder/Executive Director, Imagination Stage: $92,848 ($96,379 total compensation package)
  • Michael Bobbitt, Producing Artistic Director, Adventure Theatre MTC: $75,000
  • Joseph Rossi, Managing Director, Adventure Theatre MTC: $75,000
  • Kenneth A. Oldham Jr., President, National Philharmonic: $97,900 ($101,558 total compensation package)
  • Stewart Moss, Executive Director, The Writer’s Center: $80,515 ($92,590 total compensation package)


Every year, Forbes magazine puts together a list of the richest people in the world. The 2014 list includes seven billionaires who call Montgomery County home. Here are our wealthiest neighbors.

Ted Lerner, $4.4 billion
Chevy Chase resident Ted Lerner is most recognizable as the owner—with his family—of the Washington Nationals, but he owes his fortune to massive real estate holdings. Lerner Enterprises owns more than 20 million square feet of commercial and retail space, plus homes and apartment buildings, mostly throughout metropolitan D.C.

Mitchell Rales, $3.8 billion
Mitchell Rales earned his wealth through Danaher Corp., the manufacturing and technology company he and his brother Steven co-founded. With his wife, Emily, Mitchell owns Glenstone, an appointment-only private art museum on 200 acres in Potomac that showcases post-World War II art. Their Potomac home sits on the same property as the museum.

David Rubenstein, $3 billion
Bethesda resident David Rubenstein is one of the founders of the politically influential private equity powerhouse The Carlyle Group. A well-known philanthropist and lover of history, Rubenstein holds an impressive historical collection that includes copies of the Declaration of Independence and the Emancipation Proclamation as well as a 1297 edition of the Magna Carta.

Bernard Saul, II, $2.5 billion
Bernard Saul is CEO of Bethesda-based Saul Centers, which owns 9.5 million square feet of real estate in metropolitan Washington and Baltimore. He founded Chevy Chase Bank and sold it to Capital One for $476 million in 2009, but he’s held onto the investment firm Chevy Chase Trust.

Bill Marriott Jr., $2.9 billion
A son of Marriott empire founder J. Willard Marriott,  Bill Marriott served as Marriott’s CEO for more than 40 years, until he retired at 80 in 2012. He remains the company’s chairman. Known for his vast collection of vintage cars, Marriott lives in Potomac.


Richard Marriott, $2.3 billion
The other son of J. Willard Marriott, Richard Marriott is chairman of the board of Host Hotels & Resorts, a company that split off from Marriott International in 1993. He lives in Potomac.

Dan Snyder, $1.7 billion
Potomac is home field for Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder. Despite controversies surrounding its name, the team is worth an estimated $2.4 billion—the third most valuable team in the NFL. Snyder also owns Red Zone Capital Management, a private equity firm that specializes in broadcast and film production and casual dining chains. On 14 acres, his waterfront home includes a movie theater and 12-car garage, and once was owned by Jordan’s King Hussein.

These salaries are based on the most recent publicly available information and were  obtained through Montgomery County public records, Montgomery County Public Schools public records, state of Maryland public records, U.S. government public records available through, IRS Form 990 tax returns available through, Forbes magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek and the Washington Business Journal. Where possible, we provided base salaries as well as total compensation figures; however, some people listed here may receive additional compensation that was not available through public records.


Former editorial intern Jacob Bogage and freelance writer David Frey contributed research to this story.