The net worth figures of the 10 wealthiest presidents are in 2016 dollars. Because several of the presidents, particularly in the early 19th century, made and lost huge fortunes in a matter of a few years, the net worth of each president reflects peak wealth. In the case of each president, we have taken into account hard assets such as real estate, estimated lifetime savings based on work history, and inheritance. We also considered annual salaries, incomes earned from royalties on books, ownership of companies, yields from family estates, and other forms of income.
The net worth of presidents that died in old age was easier to estimate, as they almost always owned all of the wealth they stood to gain from inheritance and trusts. Determining the exact wealth of men like John F. Kennedy, who died at 46, was substantially more difficult. We estimate Kennedy’s net worth was $1.1 billion based on the total size of his family’s estate. However, because Kennedy died before he inherited most of these funds, his net worth was enough to justify his inclusion on this list but not sufficient to surpass Washington or Trump.
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