Net Worth of US Presidents from Washington to Obama

Net Worth of US Presidents from Washington to Obama

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Net Worth of the U. S. Presidents

Ever curious how much the U.S. Presidents were worth? Here is a look at each Presidents wealth during their presidency. A small handful actually ended up in debt by the time they passed away. As wealth varies for each President, so does the public debt during their time in office. History shows a drastic increase in debt since WWII, with it reaching more than $14 trillion in recent times.

George Washington ($525 Million)
At the time Washington took office, his salary was only two percent of the total U.S. Budget.
Public Debt: $939.8 Million – $1.0 Billion

John Adams ($19 Million)
Public Debt: $1.0 Billion – $1.1 Billion

Thomas Jefferson ($212 Million)
Received a large inheritance during his lifetime, but ended up deep in debt by the time he died.
Public Debt: $1.1 Billion – $771.1 Million

James Madison ($101 Million)
Public Debt: $771.1 Million – $1.6 Billion

James Monroe ($27 Million)
Public Debt: $1.6 Billion – $1.6 Billion

John Quincy Adams ($21 Million)
Public Debt: $1.6 Billion – $1.2 Billion

Andrew Jackson ($119 Million)
Married into wealth and at one point in time owned 300 slaves. By the time of his death, he was in debt.
Public Debt: $1.2 Billion – $6.3 Million

Martin Van Buren ($26 Million)
Public Debt: 6.3 Million – $107.9 Million

William H. Harrison ($5 Million)
Public Debt: $107.9 Million – $107.9 Million

John Tyler ($51 Million)
Inherited a 1,000 acre tobacco plantation but died in debt due to the Civil War.
Public Debt: $107.9 Million – $362.4 Million

James K. Polk ($10 Million)
He was known for being a savvy real estate speculator, owning land in Mississippi, Kentucky, and Louisiana.
Public Debt: $362.4 Million – $1.6 Billion

Zachary Taylor ($6 Million)
Public Debt: $1.6 Billion – $1.6 Billion

Millard Fillmore ($4 Million)
Public Debt: $1.6 Billion – $1.5 Billion

Franklin Pierce ($2 Million)
Public Debt: $1.5 Billion – $653 Million

James Buchanan (Less than $1 Million)
Public Debt: $653 Million – $2.1 Billion

Abraham Lincoln (Less than $1 Million)
Lincoln was an attorney for 17 years before becoming President with a single residence in Illinois.
Public Debt: $2.1 Billion – $37.1 Billion

Andrew Johnson (Less than $1 Million)
Public Debt: $37.1 Billion – $41.2 Billion

Ulysses S. Grant (Less than $1 Million)
Public Debt: $41.2 Billion – $43.9 Billion

Rutherford B. Hayes ($3 Million)
Public Debt: $43.9 Billion – $45.4 Billion

James A. Garfield (Less than $1 Million)
Public Debt: $45.4 Billion – $45.4 Billion

Chester A. Arthur (Less than $1 Million)
Public Debt: $45.4 Billion – $43.9 Billion

Grover Cleveland ($25 Million)
Public Debt: $43.9 Billion – $38.2 Billion

Benjamin Harrison ($5 Million)
Public Debt: $38.2 Billion – $36.4 Billion

Grover Cleveland ($25 Million)
The only President to serve two non-consecutive terms.
Public Debt: $36.4 Billion – $46.3 Billion

William McKinley ($1 Million)
He acquired his wealth from being an attorney and selling his home in Washington D.C. He was a son of a preacher and husband to a daughter of a wealthy lawyer.
Public Debt: $46.3 Billion – $54.5 Billion

Theodore Roosevelt ($125 Million)
Born into a wealthy family and received substantial wealth from his trust fund.
Public Debt: $54.5 Billion – $62.2 Billion

William H. Taft ($3 Million)
Public Debt: $62.2 Billion – $62.5 Billion

Woodrow Wilson (Less than $1 Million)
Served during the era of WWI causing such an increase in public debt during his Presidency.
Public Debt: $62.5 Billion – $285.1 Billion

Warren G. Harding ($1 Million)
Public Debt: $285.1 Billion – $278.6 Billion

Calvin Coolidge (Less than $1 Million)
The Great Depression started during his term.
Public Debt: $278.6 Billion – $210.1 Billion

Herbert Hoover ($75 Million)
Born as an orphan, he made his fortune as a mining company executive and donated his Presidential salary to charity.
Public Debt: $210.1 Billion – $369.5 Billion

Franklin D. Roosevelt ($60 Million)
His acquired wealth came from his family inheritance and wife. Served during WWII causing such a large scale increase in public debt during his three term Presidency.
Public Debt: $369.5 Billion – $3.1 Trillion

Harry S. Truman (Less than $1 Million)
Public Debt: $3.1 Trillion – $2.1 Trillion

Dwight D. Eisenhower ($8 Million)
Public Debt: $2.1 Trillion – $2.1 Trillion

John F. Kennedy ($1 Billion from Kennedy Estate)
His fortune was never received in whole but his income came from the massive Kennedy estate.
Public Debt: $2.1 Trillion – $2.1 Trillion

Lyndon B. Johnson ($98 Million)
Public Debt: $2.1 Trillion – $2.1 Trillion

Richard Nixon ($15 Million)
Most of Nixon’s wealth came from his interviews with David Frost and publishing advances from his book.
Public Debt: $2.1 Trillion – $2.0 Trillion

Gerald Ford ($7 Million)
Public Debt: $2.0 Trillion – $2.5 Trillion

Jimmy Carter ($7 Million)
Born into a wealthy family, but made most of his wealth from writing 14 books.
Public Debt: $2.5 Trillion – $2.3 Trillion

Ronald Reagan ($13 Million)
Public Debt: $2.3 Trillion – $4.9 Trillion

George H. W. Bush ($23 Million)
Public Debt: $4.9 Trillion – $6.5 Trillion

Bill Clinton ($38 Million)
Born poor and made little money through his 20 years in service. He became substantially wealthier from being an author and public speaker.
Public Debt: $6.5 Trillion – $7.1 Trillion

George W. Bush ($20 Million)
Public Debt: $7.1 Trillion – $11.9 Trillion

Barack Obama ($5 Million)
Most of his wealth is earned from book royalties.
Public Debt: $11.9 Trillion – $14.1 Trillion