Linda Tripp Net Worth at Death – Salary, Income, Earnings

Linda Tripp Net Worth

Linda Tripp had an estimated net worth of $1 million at death. Linda Tripp was a former civil servant who worked at the Pentagon during the Clinton-Lewinsky sex scandal. Her secret recordings of her conversations with Monica Lewinsky led to President Bill Clinton’s impeachment in 1998.  She earned most of her income from her career as a civil servant. 

During the Clinton-Lewinsky sex scandal, Linda Rose Tripp worked in the Pentagon’s public affairs office. Tripp’s clandestine wiretap recordings of her conversations with Lewinsky, dubbed the “whistleblower,” contributed to Clinton’s impeachment by the House of Representatives in 1998.

To calculate the net worth of Linda Tripp, subtract all her liabilities from her total assets. Investments, savings, cash deposits, and any equity she has in a house, car, or other similar asset are included in the total assets. All debts, such as personal loans and mortgages, are included in total liabilities.

Here’s the breakdown of her net worth:

Name: Linda Tripp
Net Worth: $1 Million
Monthly Salary: $15 Thousand+
Annual Income: $200 Thousand
Source of Wealth: Civil servant

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Early Life, Education and Career

Linda Rose Carotenuto was born on November 24, 1949, in North Caldwell, New Jersey, to a middle-class family. Albert, her father, was a high school science and math teacher, and Inge, her German mother, looked after Linda and her sister. Her womanizing father abandoned the family in 1967. Linda was devastated by the divorce and became obsessed with the sanctity of marriage.

Linda attended the Katherine Gibbs secretarial school in Montclair after graduating from high school and later worked as a secretary at a Morristown hotel. In 1971, she met and married her first boyfriend, Bruce Tripp, in a Roman Catholic ceremony.

Linda became a dutiful military wife and model military employee, working her way up to a top security clearance while Bruce was an Army training officer. The family lived in the Netherlands, Germany, Fort Meade in Maryland, and Fort Bragg in North Carolina with their two children, Ryan and Allison. Tripp began working in Washington, D.C. after the couple divorced in 1990.

Tripp worked as a White House aide from 1990 to 1994, and then as a public affairs officer at the Pentagon from 1994 to 2001. Tripp was fired from her job at the Pentagon on January 19, 2001, the final full day of the Clinton Administration. She believed she was fired in retaliation for her efforts to expose Clinton’s impeachment. Her claims were unsubstantiated.

The Whistleblower

Tripp was offended by what she perceived to be a climate of sexual harassment in the White House when President Bill Clinton took office in 1992. Clinton, she believed, was a sexual predator with “libidinous impulses.” Tripp stated in a 2017 interview that “the housekeeping staff was afraid to bend over in his presence.” Tripp also backed up claims made by Kathleen Whilley, a White House volunteer who told Tripp that Clinton groped her in 1993.

Tripp met Monica Lewinsky, who also confided in Tripp about her sexual relationship with Clinton, after she moved to her public-affairs job at the Pentagon in 1994. Tripp was disgusted by Bill Clinton’s immoralities and desired to expose them to the world. She began gathering evidence through wiretaps with the intent of writing a tell-all memoir titled Behind Closed Doors: What I Saw Inside the Clinton White House, with a chapter titled “The President’s Women.” Her “whistleblowing” pension came to an end when she provided critical evidence to support Clinton’s impeachment.

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Clinton-Lewinsky Scandal

In 1998, allegations of a sexual relationship between President Clinton, 49, and Monica Lewinsky, a 22-year-old White House intern, surfaced in various media outlets. Tripp, a coworker, friend, and confidante of Lewinsky, was aware of the affair and began secretly taping her own phone conversations with Lewinsky in September 1997, amassing copious amounts of evidence to reveal the salacious details.

In exchange for immunity from prosecution for her participation in illegal wiretapping, she handed over the tapes to the attorneys in the then-active Paula Jones sexual harassment Supreme Court case against Clinton, Jones v. Clinton, as well as to Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr in January 1998. Tripp also told Starr about another important piece of evidence: Lewinsky’s semen-stained navy blue dress, which Tripp convinced her not to have dry-cleaned.

Starr obtained permission from Attorney General Janet Reno to expand his investigation based on Tripp’s tapes. Informed by evidence from Tripp, Kenneth Starr’s The Starr Report: The Independent Counsel’s Complete Report to the Congress on the Investigation of Bill Clinton (1998) and The Starr Evidence: The Complete Text of President Clinton’s and Monica Lewinsky’s Grand Jury Testimony (1998) provided compelling support for Clinton and Lewinsky’s perjury charges.

President Bill Clinton was impeached by the House of Representatives in December 1998, but was acquitted by the Senate in 1999. In her closing statement to the jury, a tearful and betrayed Lewinsky said, “I hate Linda Tripp.”

Character Assassination Lawsuit

Many blamed Tripp for smearing Clinton’s name and legacy as the “whistleblower” in the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal. Tripp was being investigated, and sensitive information from her personnel files, FBI files, security files, and other government records was leaked to the media. Tripp stated that the media leak was intended to disseminate “embarrassing or damaging information for partisan political purposes.”

Tripp sued the Departments of Defense and Justice for releasing her information in violation of the Privacy Act of 1974, seeking restitution for “harm to reputation, emotional distress, and humiliation.” The government reached an agreement and awarded her a one-time payment of more than $500,000, a retroactive promotion, retroactive pay at the highest salary for 1998, 1999, and 2000, and a pension.

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Tripp emerged as an outspoken critic of the Clintons after more than two decades of silence. Tripp repeatedly described Hillary Clinton as a key leader in White House efforts to cover up allegations of Bill’s sexual harassment, particularly during her 2016 presidential campaign. Tripp also revealed that the widely publicized assault allegations against powerful men such as Harvey Weinstein and Roy Moore made her “relive a lot of it.”

Tripp, who survived breast cancer, spent her later years with her second husband, German architect Dieter Rausch (married in 2004). They owned and operated The Christmas Sleigh, a retail store in rural Virginia that sold German holiday ornaments and trinkets.

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