Gores have lots of loot to split

By: Nikki Schwab and Tara Palmeri

Washington Examiner

06/01/10 9:00 PM EDT

It was only three weeks ago that the Los Angeles Times reported that Al and Tipper Gore had bought new digs. The couple purchased an $8.8 million ocean-view villa in the gated community of Montecito, California. The 6,500-square-foot villa tucked on one-and-a-half acres of grounds includes a swimming pool, a spa, fountains, five bedrooms and nine baths.

That can now be added to the lists of things the Gores have to split if they officially call it quits.

The couple told friends Tuesday they planned to separate after 40 years of marriage. This comes after the Gores’ kids — Karenna, Kristin, Sarah and Albert III — have left the nest and the couple has amassed massive wealth since Al Gore left public office in 2000. The most recent figure predicted in 2007 by Fast Company was more than $100 million. Before the 2000 election they predicted the family’s net worth was closer to $1 million.

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