Mark Dayton Net Worth: Former Governor of Minnesota Announced His Marriage on Facebook

They say love knows no boundaries. In fact if anything, love should be fearless of all consequences and opinions that people may form. For it is a language that only the two people involved can understand.

Life is unpredictable. And things don’t always turn out how we might’ve wanted them to. We lose the people we love and close ourselves in our own safe space. But isn’t life all about getting knocked down today and rising up stronger tomorrow?

It takes courage to love someone with all your heart. And it definitely takes courage to marry the person you love with the fear of the judgments and perceptions that people always make about a relationship whenever it goes public. 

Mark Dayton, the former Governor of Minnesota, was not constrained by any of these social norms and fears and proudly announced that he is finally a married man. The 73-year-old Democrat leader has married his former campaign aid Ana Orke, who is only 32. He made the announcement through a Facebook post that read, 

“Dear Family and Friends, I am delighted to reach out to you in these challenging times with some very happy news: After twenty years of bachelorhood, I am now a married man!”

Mark Dayton has a net worth of over $1.5 Billion

Mark Dayton is the son of Bruce Dayton who inherited the Dayton empire from his father and was the last surviving third-generation member of the mercantile clan. It was Mark’s great grandfather George Dayton who founded the first Dayton’s – a departmental store in 1902.

Later in 1969, the J.L. Hudson Company merged with the Dayton Company. It was after the formation of the Dayton-Hudson Corporation, the Dayton’s discount subsidiary “Target” started expanding. The company was then renamed as the ‘Target Corporation’ in 2000.

Mark inherited quite a heavy share of the family wealth from his father. According to various sources, Mark Dayton’s individual net worth is expected to be somewhat between $15 Million – $20 Million. 

As per his 2006 financial disclosures, has around $2.5 Million of Retail Sale investments. He has another $2.5 Million to $3 Million invested in commercial banks. 

Love Knows No Boundaries

Though previously married twice, Dayton has finally found himself love-struck all over again. Through his social media post announcing his marriage, Dayton says he understands that some people might raise eyebrows when they hear about Mark and Ana’s age difference. 

Mark made note of the fact that he had been single for two decades now. He said that after their 2010 election campaign, both Dayton and Ana had lost touch but met again a few years back. Ana has also previously worked with Hilary Clinton on her 2008 Presidential campaign.

Mark Dayton’s Facebook post read,

“Dear Family and Friends, 

I am delighted to reach out to you in these challenging times with some very happy news: After twenty years of bachelorhood, I am now a married man! Well-wishers, with whom I share my news, often ask me, “Who is the lucky lady?” But that is the wrong question, for it is I who am the lucky man. My wife, formerly Ms. Ana Orke, now Ana Dayton, is smart, compassionate, tough, funny, and impossibly good at Scrabble!

She is also 41 years my junior.

I know our age difference (I am 73; she is 32) will surprise many of you. The truth is, the feelings that developed between Ana and me, given our age difference, surprised us too, at first. But as we grew to know each other, we realized that the love binding us is far deeper and more meaningful than the years that separate us. You will not be surprised to learn that politics (in addition to winning at board games) is important to us both. Ana worked for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign during the 2008 primaries, and for my gubernatorial campaign in 2010. Then we lost touch, until we ran into each other in Minneapolis a couple of years ago. The rest is happy history.

As I celebrate the gift of new love and joy in my own life, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a most joyful holiday season. May the New Year bring to you, your loved ones, and our shared community health, happiness and, out of the dark difficulties of these hard past times, a brighter tomorrow.

My very best,


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