Anna Allen writes for the Washington Free Beacon about the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on Dr. Anthony Fauci’s bottom line.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, whose pandemic policies shut down schools and businesses across America, saw his net worth double over the course of the lockdowns, according to financial disclosures reviewed by the watchdog group OpenTheBooks.

The White House chief medical adviser’s net worth rose from $7.6 million in 2019 to over $12.6 million by December 2021. Fauci was the highest-paid government official in 2021 and 2022—out-earning the president, four-star generals, and about 4.3 million other bureaucrats. After 55 years in the medical bureaucracy, the 81-year-old Fauci plans to rertire in December, but not before he pockets his $480,000 compensation for the year.

In January, Sen. Roger Marshall (R., Kan.) fought to obtain Fauci’s previously unpublished financial disclosures from the National Institutes of Health. Marshall’s request came after a heated Senate hearing in which Fauci claimed the records were already public and called Marshall “a moron.”

“Fauci’s soaring net worth was based on career-end salary spiking, lucrative cash prizes awarded by nonprofit organizations around the world, and an ever-larger investment portfolio,” OpenTheBooks CEO Adam Andrzejewski told Fox News.

“Public health guidance during the pandemic has drastically impacted the lives of every citizen,” Andrzejewski continued, “and Dr. Fauci has been its most visible face. It’s critical to know whether any decision-making is tied up in the financial interests of public leaders, whether they’ve made any ethics disclosures to the government, and how they invested.”

This news arrives not long after Fauci admitted that he knew COVID lockdowns would lead to harmful impacts.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci admitted [Sept. 21] that he knew the “draconian” COVID-19 policies he pushed for would lead to “collateral negative consequences” for the “economy” and “schoolchildren.” 

Fauci’s comments came during day one of The Atlantic Festival, a three-day convention put on by the media outlet The Atlantic featuring speeches and interviews from prominent members of the media, the government and political activists.