Special Report

The Net Worth of the American Presidents: Washington to Trump

Michael B. Sauter, Grant Suneson

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William Jefferson Clinton
> Term: 1993- 2001 (42nd president)
> Peak net worth (in current dollars): $75.9 million

Bill Clinton was not wealthy before or even during his time in the White House, but he and his wife, Hillary, have made substantial money through book deals and paid speeches. Bill Clinton received $15 million for his book “My Life,” and Hillary was paid a $14 million advance for her book “Hard Choices.”

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George W. Bush
> Term: 2001-2008 (43rd president)
> Peak net worth (in current dollars): $39.5 million

George W. Bush was a successful businessman before becoming the Governor of Texas. He made millions in the oil industry and even owned the Texas Rangers professional baseball team at one point. Bush has made tens of millions of dollars in speaking fees and a book deal since leaving office.

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Barack Hussein Obama
> Term: 2008-2017 (44th president)
> Peak net worth (in current dollars): $40.0 million

It’s difficult to know exactly how much wealth Barack Obama actually has this soon after he left office, but he is certainly well off. Obama and his wife, Michelle, reportedly signed a $65 million deal for the rights to their memoir, but it is unclear how much of that money they have received. Former presidents often make six figures for paid speeches, and since Obama is known as a great orator, many organizations are likely be lining up for his services. While Obama’s net worth is somewhat unclear, it will certainly continue to climb. American University estimates the Obamas could earn up to $242 million in the coming years.

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Donald John Trump
> Term: 2017- present (45th president)
> Peak net worth: $3.1 billion

America’s current president is also the wealthiest by far. Donald Trump took over his father’s real estate company and turned it into a massive success. Through his company, Trump owns billions of dollars worth of real estate and golf courses in the United States and abroad.