List of richest American politicians

This list of richest American politicians includes current and former office-holders and political appointees, and is not necessarily adjusted for inflation. Estimated wealth is at least $100 million in 2012 dollars, for all the people listed here. The amounts listed here do not necessarily pertain to the politicians' time in office (i.e. some of them may have gotten much richer later on, or lost their money before they ran for office).

Presidents

Name Party Position Date(s) Estimated wealth (adjusted for inflation) Notes
Donald Trump Republican President 2017–present $3.5 billion Inheritance, business, real estate, reality TV, books, marketing, name licence
George Washington Independent President 1789–1797 $525 million Inheritance, business, and marriage.
Thomas Jefferson Democratic-Republican President 1801–1809 $212 million (died bankrupt) Inheritance, business.
John F. Kennedy Democratic President 1961–1963 $124 million Inheritance.
Theodore Roosevelt Republican President 1901–1909 $125 million Inheritance.
Andrew Jackson Democratic President 1829–1837 $119 million Marriage, business, and real estate.
James Madison Democratic-Republican President 1809–1817 $101 million Inheritance, business.

Unsuccessful presidential candidates

Name Party Position Date(s) Estimated wealth (not adjusted for inflation) Notes
Hillary Clinton Democratic First Lady,
U.S. Senator from New York,
Secretary of State,
Candidate for U.S. President
1993–2001,
2001–2009,
2009–2013,
2008 and 2016
$52–111 million Paid speeches, book deals.
Mitt Romney Republican Candidate for U.S. Senator from Massachusetts,
Governor of Massachusetts,
Candidate for U.S. President
1994,
2003–2007,
2008 and 2012
$190–250 million Son of Michigan Governor George W. Romney. Former CEO of Bain Capital and Bain & Company.
John Kerry Democratic U.S. Senator from Massachusetts,
Candidate for U.S. President,
Secretary of State
1985–2013,
2004
2013–2017
$200 million Marriage. Current wife, Teresa Heinz, is the widow of H. John Heinz III, heir to H. J. Heinz Company.
Al Gore Democratic U.S. Senator from Tennessee,
Vice President,
Candidate for U.S. President
1985–1993,
1993–2001,
2000
$200 million Inheritance. Son of attorney and US Senator Albert Gore Sr. who owned a stake in Occidental Petroleum, book and film deals.
Steve Forbes Republican Board for International Broadcasting,
Candidate for U.S. President
1985–1993,
1996 and 2000
$430 million Editor and publisher.
Ross Perot Reform Select Committee on Public Education,
Candidate for U.S. President
1983,
1992 and 1996
$4.1 billion Founded Electronic Data Systems and Perot Systems.
Ted Kennedy Democratic U.S. Senator from Massachusetts,
Candidate for U.S. President
1962–2009,
1980
$163 million Inherited much wealth - including a stake in The Chicago Merchandise Mart.
Nelson Rockefeller Republican Governor of New York,
Vice President,
Candidate for U.S. President
1959–1973,
1974–1977,
1960s
$1 billion Inheritance. Grandson of John D. Rockefeller.
James M. Cox Democratic Governor of Ohio,
Candidate for U.S. President
1913–1915 and 1917–1921,
1920
$40 million (D. 1950) Founded a chain of newspapers that continues today as Cox Enterprises, a media conglomerate.
Samuel J. Tilden Democratic Governor of New York,
Candidate for U.S. President
1875–1876,
1876
$8.5 million(D. 1886) Inheritance. His father and other family members were the makers of Tilden's Extract, a popular patent medicine of the 1800s and early 1900s. Law practice, investments
John Hancock Federalist Governor of Massachusetts,
Candidate for U.S. President
1780–1785 and 1787–1793,
1789
$100 million Inherited much wealth - including a profitable mercantile business from his uncle.

Other U.S. politicians

Name Party Position Date(s) Estimated wealth (not adjusted for inflation) Notes
Michael Bloomberg Independent Mayor of New York City 2002–2013 $47.5 billion Founder of Bloomberg L.P.
David Koch Republican Libertarian nominee for Vice President 1980 $44.2 billion Son of Fred Koch, founder of Koch Industries; VP of Koch Industries
Wilbur Ross Republican Secretary of Commerce 2017–present $2.5 billion Investor
Bill Haslam Republican Mayor of Knoxville,
Governor of Tennessee
2003-2011,
2011–present
$2 billion Former CEO of the e-commerce and catalog division of Saks Fifth Avenue; Son of Jim Haslam, founder of Pilot Corporation
Mark Dayton Democratic State Auditor of Minnesota,
U.S. Senator from Minnesota,
Governor of Minnesota
1991–1995,
2001–2007,
2011–present
$1.6 billion Great grandson of George Dayton, the founder of Target
Jim Justice Democratic Governor of West Virginia 2017–present $1.59 billion Business (coal and agriculture)
Betsy DeVos Republican Secretary of Education 2017–present $1.25 billion Daughter of Edgar Prince, founder of Prince Corporation; Daughter-in-law of Richard DeVos, co-founder of Amway
Linda McMahon Republican Administrator of the Small Business Administration 2017-present $938 million-1.1 billion Former CEO of WWE
Bruce Rauner Republican Governor of Illinois 2015–present $500 million+ Chairman of GTCR
Amo Houghton Republican Representative from New York 1987–2005 $475 million Great-great-grandson of Amory Houghton, Sr., founder of Corning Glass Works; Former CEO of Corning Glass Works
Jared Polis Democratic Representative from Colorado 2009–present $388 million Founder of ProFlowers
Rex Tillerson Republican Secretary of State 2017–present $325 million Former CEO of ExxonMobil
Jon Corzine Democratic US Senator from New Jersey,
Governor of New Jersey
2001–2006,
2006–2010
$300 million Former CEO of Goldman Sachs
Steven Mnuchin Republican Secretary of the Treasury 2017–present $300 million Former executive of Goldman Sachs
Michael McCaul Republican Representative from Texas 2005–present $294 million Son-in-law of Lowry Mays, founder of Clear Channel Communications
Mark Warner Democratic U.S. Senator from Virginia,
Governor of Virginia
2009–present,
2002-2006
$243 million Co-Founder of Nextel Communications
Darrell Issa Republican Candidate for U.S. Senator from California,
Representative from California
1998,
2001–present
$220 million Businessman; founder of Directed Electronics
Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. Democratic U.S. Ambassador to the U.K. 1938–1940 $200–400 million Investor, banker, filmmaker, Prohibition-era international liquor transporter
Carl Paladino Republican Buffalo Public Schools board of education member,
Candidate for Governor of New York
2010 $150 million Retail real estate developer
Rick Scott Republican Governor of Florida 2011–present $147 million Founder of Columbia Hospital Corporation
Arnold Schwarzenegger Republican Governor of California 2003–2011 $100–$200 million. Real estate, acting

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