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The Net Worth of the American Presidents: Washington to Trump

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42nd: William Jefferson Clinton
> Est. peak net worth: $76.8 million
> In office: 1993- 2001

Since leaving office, former President Bill Clinton has made millions from his 2005 book “My Life.” Much of his wealth, however, actually comes from his wife, Hillary. The former secretary of state and Democratic presidential candidate reportedly received a $14 million advance for her 2014 memoir “Hard Choices” — one of the largest advances of all time. She also made millions from a number of paid speeches. Because the two are married, their net worths are combined.

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43rd: George W. Bush
> Est. peak net worth: $40.0 million
> In office: 2001-2009

George W. Bush was a businessman before he got into politics and became the governor of Texas. He made a small fortune 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 from a book deal since leaving office.

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44th: Barack Hussein Obama
> Est. peak net worth: $135 million
> In office: 2009-2017

Barack Obama’s net worth has climbed considerably since he left office in January 2017. The Obama family has a number of income streams, including a production deal with Netflix worth an estimated $50 million, on top of paid speeches and a government pension. Michelle Obama’s memoir “Becoming,” for which she received a reported $65 million advance, was a best seller in 2018. Estimates as to the 44th president’s net worth range from $40 million to as much as $135 million. The Obama family reportedly purchased a nearly 7,000 square foot, $12 million home on Martha’s Vineyard in December 2019.

45th: Donald John Trump
> Est. peak net worth: $3.2 billion
> In office: 2017-present

Before he entered politics, Donald Trump was a prominent figure in New York City’s real estate scene. Trump took over his father’s business and grew it into an empire. Though many of his other businesses have failed, Trump’s vast property holdings make him by far the wealthiest president of all time.

In addition to a number of New York City buildings, Trump owns over a dozen golf clubs and many resorts. Trump broke precedent when he declined to release his tax returns as a candidate and later as president, so it is difficult to know his exact worth. What is certain is that he is extremely wealthy.

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