Mitt Romney’s wealth has allowed him mobility worldwide — and a lifestyle few could match. Yet friends and associates point to his frugality as well. Here’s a look at Mitt’s wealth, as well as his thriftiness and independence — all inescapable issues for the Republican presidential candidate.
1. The horse Mitt Romney indulges his wife's passion for equestrian dressage. Ralfalca, the horse co-owned by Ann Romney, made the U.S. Olympic team in June. It was the latest manifestation of his wife's love for the sport. The 15-year-old mare is valued at as much as $500,000, Bloomberg News reported in July. The pastime was classified as a business on the Romneys’ 2010 tax records, one that lost $77,731 that year, according to Bloomberg News. Alex Livesey/Getty Images
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