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New details about Romney's wealth confirm F. Scott Fitzgerald's quip about the rich

News sources report that Mitt Romney's financial portfolio has included an offshore company in Bermuda that remained invisible to voters. But it may be images of the Romney clan vacationing at their $8 million summer compound on a lake in New Hampshire that have more impact.

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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney drives his family on his boat on Lake Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro, N.H., Friday, July 6, as he continues his vacation from the campaign trail.

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As everybody knows, Mitt Romney is a very wealthy man.

Net worth somewhere around a quarter billion dollars, not counting the $100 million trust set up for his five sons. Offshore investments. A beach house in La Jolla, Calif., a town house in Belmont, Mass., and a summer compound on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire.

Photos of the Romney clan riding jet skis and a large power boat on vacation in New Hampshire this week led Boston Globe columnist Joan Vennochi to wonder if this was Mr. Romney’s “John Kerry moment” or perhaps proof of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famous line about the rich: “They are different from you and me.”

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