List of United States Presidents by net worth
Most U.S. Presidents before 1845 were extremely wealthy, including Andrew Jackson, who was born into poverty, and George Washington, the richest of the period. Many of these early presidents were landowners, and some of them owned plantations, including their own slaves.
The Presidents of the late 19th century and of the 1920s were generally not very wealthy at all, despite the widespread belief that their economic policies benefited the wealthy the most of all. Many of these were born into poor or middle class families and did not move up the economic ladder significantly during their lifetimes, even though a number of them served as generals in the U.S. Army.
U.S. presidents since 1929 (when Herbert Hoover took office) have generally been wealthier than before; all except Harry Truman were millionaires, and John F. Kennedy, in 24/7 Wall St.'s valuation, was almost twice as wealthy as George Washington. These presidents have often received income from autobiographies and other writing; other than John F. Kennedy and George H. W. Bush, all presidents beginning with Calvin Coolidge have written autobiographies. In addition, many presidents received considerable income from public speaking after retirement, such as Bill Clinton.
As indicated in the table, four of the five richest U.S. presidents since 1929 were Democrats. The poorest U.S. president since 1929 (Harry Truman) was also a Democrat.
The net worth figures in the table below are all from 24/7 Wall St.'s 2010 valuation, except for the lower figure for John F. Kennedy, which comes from the Christian Science Monitor.
|Name||Net worth (in millions of 2010 U.S. dollars)||Political party||Years in office||Lifespan|
|John F. Kennedy||–1,000125||Democratic||1961–1963||1917–1963|
|Franklin D. Roosevelt||60||Democratic||1933–1945||1882–1945|
|Martin Van Buren||26||Democratic||1837–1841||1782–1862|
|Grover Cleveland||25||Democratic||1885–1889 and 1893–1897||1837–1908|
|George H. W. Bush||23||Republican||1989–1993||1924–present|
|John Quincy Adams||21||Democratic-Republican||1825–1829||1767–1848|
|George W. Bush||20||Republican||2001–2009||1946–present|
|James K. Polk||10||Democratic||1845–1849||1795–1849|
|William Henry Harrison||5||Whig||1841–1841||1773–1841|
|Rutherford B. Hayes||3||Republican||1877–1881||1822–1893|
|William H. Taft||3||Republican||1909–1913||1857–1930|
|Warren G. Harding||1||Republican||1921–1923||1865–1923|
|Andrew Johnson||<1||National Union/Democratic||1865–1869||1808–1875|
|Ulysses S. Grant||<1||Republican||1869–1877||1822–1885|
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