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Illinois Governor Hopeful Bruce Rauner Admits He's The 1 Percent Of The 1 Percent

In this Jan. 16, 2014 photo, businessman Bruce Rauner, a Republican candidate for Illinois governor in 2014, speaks during a
In this Jan. 16, 2014 photo, businessman Bruce Rauner, a Republican candidate for Illinois governor in 2014, speaks during a candidate business forum in Mount Prospect, Ill. After months of owning the airwaves and raising millions more than his three opponents in the Republican primary for governor, Rauner, a political newcomer, could be about to face his toughest rival yet: Illinois? well-funded and politically powerful labor unions. Officials from several unions said they are close to launching coordinated attacks against the wealthy businessman, who has made standing up to ?union bosses? a primary theme of his campaign and his prolific advertising. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Republican gubernatorial candidate and Illinois businessman Bruce Rauner wants to set the record straight: He's not just part of the one percent, he's part of the .01 percent.

"Oh I'm probably .01 percent," Rauner said Friday, in an interview with the Chicago-Sun-Times.

The candidate, who is considered the frontrunner for the Republican nomination to challenge Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D), has a net worth of close to nearly $1 billion. He made $53 million in 2013 and owns nine homes.

Rauner has put $6 million into his campaign, which is a record for personal funding in an Illinois governors race.

Though Rauner could buy all of the most expensive watches in the world and still have the money to purchase a 10th residence, he chooses to wear an $18 model to signify that he doesn't need to advertise his wealth outside of newspaper interviews.

Recent polling shows Rauner ahead of his Republican rivals for the nomination.

The primary will be held March 18.

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