Sally Yates is an American attorney who has about $8 million as her net worth. During the Obama administration, she served as the US Deputy Attorney General from January 2015 to January 2017. Throughout her illustrious career in the Department of Justice that spanned over 27 years, she did not only make a name for herself but accumulated wealth also. There is more you should know about her finance.
Sally Yates Net Worth is Estimated to be $8 Million
Sally Yates’ net worth is estimated to be $8 million, but this did not come in one day or even from one source. She has painstakingly built her career in law over the years and of cause got richer at each cadre of her profession she was at.
After earning her J.D, Yates landed her first job as an associate at the Atlanta law firm, King & Spalding. She specialized in commercial litigation until 1989 when she left to join the U.S. Department of Justice after she was hired by Republican U.S. Attorney Bob Barr.
From her position as assistant U.S. attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia, Yates rose to helm the Fraud and Public Corruption Section in 1994. Years later in 2002, she became First Assistant U.S. Attorney.
In 2004, Sally Yates became Acting U.S. Attorney and held leadership positions under both Republican and Democratic administrations. In May 2010, following her nomination by then-President Barrack Obama, she became U.S. Attorney in the Northern District of Georgia, making her the first woman to rise to the position from the district.
Sally Yates Salary as Acting Attorney General was $150,000 Per Annum
In 2015, Sally Yates was appointed Deputy Attorney General of the United States, making her the second-highest-ranking official in the Justice Department. Her final post in the Justice Department was as acting Attorney General, which began on January 20, 2017. As Deputy Attorney General and subsequently acting Attorney General, Sally Yates salary was pegged at an average of $150,000 per annum.
Although she held the post pending the confirmation of her successor Attorney General Loretta Lynch by the senate, she was ultimately fired 10 days later on January 30, 2017, for “refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States”. Basically, she decided to not defend then-President Donald Trump‘s traveling ban on some Muslim countries into the United States.
She Now Makes at Least $24,068 Monthly as Part of Her Career Earnings From Two Jobs
After being fired by Trump as the Acting United States Attorney General, Sally Yates began lecturing at Georgetown University Law Centre. As a Visiting Distinguished Lecturer, her salary range at Georgetown University is between $11,378 – $12,268 monthly. Thus, she takes home at least $136,536 yearly from teaching at the university.
Additionally, she returned as a partner to King & Spalding, the Atlanta-based international law firm where she had begun her legal career years earlier. Though the exact amount she earns is not known, the average base salary for a partner in a U.S. law firm is about $12,690 from a conservative estimate. Given Sally Yates’ resumé, you can be sure that her pay is on the high side.
She Also Makes Money From Other Non-Law Related Ventures
Sally Yates, having held one of the highest positions in the Justice Department of the United States Government, is a force to reckon with. With her experience and knowledge, she is never short of speaking engagements that require her expert input. According to the Speaker Booking Agency, Sally Yates’s booking fee, appearance fee, speaking fee, endorsement, and/or marketing campaign cost, ranges between $50,000 – $100,000.
Sally and her husband Comer Yates have investments of between $500,000 to $1 million in Coca-Cola and $1-5 million in both Equifax and Fidelity. They also have inheritance assets of between $100,000 and $200,000. Likewise, they have a mortgage loan of $250,000 – $500,000.
It is important to note that most of Sally’s wealth can be attributed to her husband of many years – Comer Yates. He is a lawyer though his primary known occupation is teaching. He began teaching at Atlanta’s Daniel McLaughlin Therrell High School and after two decades he secured a teaching position at Emory’s School of Law.
Sally Comes From a Family of Attorneys
Sally Yates was born Sally Caroline Quillian on August 20, 1960, in Atlanta, Georgia. She hails from a family of attorneys. Her father, John Kelley Quillian, was a judge who served on the Georgia Court of Appeals between 1966 and 1984. Unfortunately, Sally’s father committed suicide shortly after he retired from service. Her mother, Xara “Mickey” DeBeaugrine Quillian (née Terrell), was an interior designer. She died in 2012 at the age of 81.
Sally’s grandmother was one of the first women to be admitted to the Georgia Bar. However, she was alive at the time when women were not allowed to be attorneys, thus she never really represented anyone, instead, she served as a legal secretary to her husband, Sally’s grandfather. She also served as a secretary to her son John (Sally’s father) and Sally’s brother.
Sally has a sister named Terre Quillian. She is a Republican and runs a political radio show in Alabama. Terre supported President Trump during his campaign.