Ted Wheeler, a sixth-generation Oregonian, owns a $1.3 million home in Portland's West Hills, a beachfront home in Arch Cape, Ore., and an $800,000 property in the San Juan Islands.
Tax returns he disclosed to WW show his annual income averaged $1.5 million between 2012 and 2014.
Wheeler rails against the notion that he is defined by his privilege
And he is irked by the media coverage that has trailed him since entering public office.
"People don't really have a clue about who I am or what makes me tick or what my values are," he says. "It's never been about the money in my family."
Wheeler's great-grandmother's grandfather, William Kerns, settled in Clatskanie, Ore., in 1852, but it was the later arrivals to his family that built its great fortune.
Wheeler's great-grandfather Coleman Wheeler launched the family's timber business in 1912, in the coastal Oregon town that now bears his name: Wheeler, Ore.
The family timber company eventually merged with others to become Willamette Industries, which sold to Weyerhaeuser in 2002 for $6 billion. At the time of the sale, Wheeler's father, Samuel, controlled 1.5 million shares worth about $83 million, according to U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings.
Despite this wealth, Wheeler's childhood was not entirely comfortable. His father struggled with alcoholism...
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