Jeb Bush made $29 million after leaving office, tax returns show By Richard Rubin3 hours ago . View photo Republican presidential candidate and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush speaks at a town hall meeting … Jeb Bush made $29 million in the first seven years after he left public office, dramatically increasing his wealth during a recession, a financial crisis and the Obama presidency he has criticized. Bush’s tax returns, released Tuesday, show how the former Florida governor set up a successful consulting and speaking business and plowed the profits into an array of investments including offshore holdings and business ventures in the shipping and oil industries. Bush now has a net worth of $19 million to $22 million, his presidential campaign said, which means his wealth is more than 14 times larger than when he left office in early 2007. While he was governor, his net worth declined. More from Bloomberg.com: Greece Asks Euro Region for Two-Year Bailout “Thank God for term limits,” Bush quipped on Tuesday as he briefed a small group of reporters in a law office a block from the White House. “I’ve been truly blessed to be able to be more successful than I imagined,” he added. Bush, 62, Tuesday in a show of transparency that topped the Republican Party’s previous two nominees and presented a challenge to other candidates for president. Romney and John McCain, the two most recent past presidential nominees, each released two years of returns. Bush, the son and brother of former presidents, says he is running to close what he calls the opportunity gap between high-income Americans and everyone else. As other candidates emphasize their modest upbringings, Bush is trying to make his business experience an asset and prevent his wealth from becoming a political liability. More from Bloomberg.com: Tsipras Says EU Won't Eject Greece as Cost ‘Immense' Among the biggest sources of Bush’s expanding wealth after leaving the governor’s office in 2007 were a contract with Lehman Brothers in 2007 and 2008 before the firm went bankrupt and a similar arrangement with Barclays Plc. Lehman paid Bush about $1.3 million a year and Barclays paid him about $2 million a year through 2014, according to the campaign. Bush also made $8.1 million giving speeches from 2007 to 2013 to groups including the National Potato Council, the Minnesota Bankers Association and Pfizer Inc. Since the beginning of 2014, he has earned another $1.8 million from speeches, according to a list released by the campaign.