President Bush earned $156,000 in 1988 on a blind trust that is valued at $998,000, financial disclosure forms released by the White House showed Monday.
Bush set up the trust in 1981 when he became vice president.The report, the first Bush has filed as president, also showed he recently paid off $49,000 in loans he took out in 1979 against life insurance policies, apparently to help finance his first campaign for the presidency.
It also showed that Bush and his wife Barbara accepted over $20,000 in gifts in his final year as vice president, ranging from a $120 vase from a Chinese official to two $75 neckties from an executive of Coca-Cola Co.
The financial disclosure forms also put at $31,000 the value of his share of a Houston barge company, a business venture with Secretary of State James A. Baker III and Commerce Secretary Robert Mosbacher. Bush earned $11,962 last year on the investment, the document showed.
Presidential press secretary Marlin Fitzwater said that Bush intends to put his interest in the barge company - which leases liquid petroleum barges to gas companies in the Gulf of Mexico - into his blind trust, so that it will not appear directly on future disclosure forms.
Overall, the form shows non-real estate assets of Bush and his wife Barbara at $1.09 million. Federal law does not require the listing of non-income-producing real estate on the disclosure forms.
Bush and his wife own an oceanfront house in Kennebunkport, Maine, and a lot in Houston, with an estimated joint value of over $1 million.