10 Richest Presidential Candidates In Modern History

Presidential candidates normally campaign for votes around the whole country. Therefore, personal wealth plays a big role in the victory of any candidate at least in the early stages. After all it takes money to mobilize your campaign. These people are like celebrities and their lives are always discussed in the media making them known throughout the world.

We have taken a list from Huffington Post and provided extra info on these mega personalities. CNBC and International Business Times also have the a list that is the same with a slight variation to the individuals net worth. One thing we can’t deny is that the people here are the wealthiest presidential candidates in modern history.

president obama with wifeDespite being the first black President, Obama did not make this list as his net worth is only $12 million

Here are some interesting facts about presidential candidates.

  1. With the exception of Ross Perot, the other candidates are either Republican or Democrat.
  2. Ross Perot is the only billionaire on this list.
  3. Only one lady is in the list of top ten richest presidential candidates. No prize for guessing who this strong lady is.
  4. Although Obama won the 2008 and 2012 elections, with a net worth of only $12 million he does not make the cut.
  5. Hillary Clinton and her husband Bill Clinton hold the same position in the list assuming they share their wealth. Independently Hillary is worth around $21 Million.
  6. Most of the presidential candidates who are rich have not served as president of the United States. Just go to prove that it takes more than money to rule the country. We have faith in America's democracy!

1. Ross Perot: Net Worth $3.5 Billion

ross perot for presidentWhen Ross Perot ran for the presidency he was pretty much alone without the backing of any major political party

Ross Perot was one of the 3 presidential candidates during his bid for the US presidential election providing an outlet to vent frustration for those who are disappointed with the two major parties . He is a popular politician known for his aggressive political ideas. He ran in the year 1992 and 1996. Though he did not win the elections, he garnered reasonable number of votes. His wealth comes from the data processing firm that he started. According to Forbes, his current net worth is about $3.5 Billion.

Ross Perot is the only Billionaire on this list. The founder and former boss of EDS is known to be a caring employer. His exploits to save his employees who were imprisoned by Iranian authorities prior to the Iranian Revolution was well documented in the novel On Wings Of Eagles by Ken Follet.

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2. Steve Forbes: Net Worth $450 Million

malcolm forbesSteve Forbes is the son of Malcolm Forbes (picture) the famed publisher of Forbes magazine

Steve Forbes is the editor in-chief of the popular magazine Forbes and son to Malcolm Forbes, the former publisher of Forbes magazine. Forbes magazine specialized on the wealth niche and it is ranked the 137th most popular website in the world by Alexa. Forbes magazine is the authority when it comes to ranking the richest people in the world.

Steve Forbes ran for the 1996 and 2000 general elections with an aim of introducing a flat income tax. Forbes was not able to secure the Republican nomination. 

3. Mitt Romney : Net Worth $250 Million

mitt romney

Romney was the governor of Massachusetts between the years 2003 to 2007. He was the Republican presidential candidate in the 2012 presidential election. Romney was defeated by incumbent President Obama by 332-206. The popular vote was 51-47 with Obama  getting the popular vote. Romney’s wealth can be linked to several multimillion businesses he owns. Although he lost the election, the man can still enjoy life with that huge fortune of his.

4. John Kerry: Net Worth $ 240 Million

secretary of state john kerry

This is the man who gave George W. Bush a headache in 2004 after winning the Democratic presidential nomination. He has the ability to compose ideas that propel development and one of the great monopolies of wisdom in the United States. His military personality convinced many that he was the right man to lead the nation which was continuously getting attacks from external forces. However, Kerry lost to Bush in his presidential bid. Today he is the US Secretary of State under President Obama.

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5.  Al Gore: Net Worth $ 200 Million

former vice president al gore

Al Gore served as the vice president during the Clinton administration from 1993 to 2001. By the virtue of him being the vice president, many people thought that he would win the 2000 elections when he ran as the Democratic presidential candidate.

Al Gore failed in his bid to win the White House. The election was one of the closest Presidential election in the history of the United States with Bush winning 271 votes while Al Gore won 266. Despite winning the popular vote by 500,000 Al Gore was not able to succeed his former boss Bill Clinton as the most powerful man on earth.

6. Bill Clinton: Net Worth $ 85 Million - $100 Million

president clinton

Bill Clinton served for many years as the governor of Arkansas. He is well known as the icon of development in the state when he served as governor for 5 terms. He ran for presidency in the year 1992 and won. Clinton served as America’s Commander In Chief from 1993 to 2001. The former president has earned a tremendous amount of money from speaking after he left office. Some reports stated that the he earned more than $100 Million in speaking fees.

7. Hillary Clinton: Net Worth $ 85 Million - $100 Million (Together With Husband) 

hillary clinton

She was first elected to the senate of United States in the year 2000. Even though she became a senator quite late in her life, the lady is no stranger to politics. She was the First Lady of Arkansas and has been the First Lady of the United States for 2 terms.

In 2008 she ran for the  Democratic presidency nomination which did not end well for her when Obama was chosen instead. Her wealth is continuously increasing despite her not being the president of the United States. Her husband Bill Clinton contributes a lot to her wealth.  

If we consider her net worth to be shared with her husband, she is worth around $85 to $100 Million. Independently, Hillary Clinton is worth around $21 Million. Today, Hillary is considered the top candidate to win the 2016 presidential elections. That is if she still wants to pursue her dream of becoming the first woman to ever sit in the Oval Office.

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8. Jon Huntsman: Net Worth $ 70 million 

utah state capitol buildingJon Huntsman served as the governor of Utah from 2005 to 2009. Picture : Utah State Capitol Building

Jon Huntsman is the former governor of Utah. He served as the governor from 2005 to 2009. He was also made the ambassador to china by the Obama administration where he served in this capacity from 2009 to 2011. He has also served as the ambassador to Singapore during his earlier days from 1992 - 1993.

In 2011, he resigned as the ambassador to China and announced his intention to run as the Republican presidential candidate. After finishing 3rd in the primaries, Huntsman decided to drop out of the race and supported Mitt Romney. Huntsman comes from a very rich family and his father Jon Huntsman Sr is worth $1.1 Billion according to Forbes.

9. Rudy Giuliani: Net Worth $65 Million

ground zero new york cityFormer NY Mayor Rudy Giuliani was knighted by Queen Elizabeth for his leadership during the Sept 11 attacks

Rudy Giuliani served as the mayor for New York from 1993 to 2001. Giuliani ran for the Republican Party’s 2008 presidential nomination but failed. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth for his leadership on and after Sept 11 attacks. While there were rumors that Giuliani could be the potential candidate for New York Governor or Senator in 2010 and the candidate for Republican presidential nomination in 2012, the former mayor of New York chose to remain in the business world.

10. John Edwards: Net Worth $45 Million - $55 Million

john edwards

John Edwards served as a US senator from North Carolina from 1999 - 2005. The man was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004 and 2008. In 2004 he ended up being the Democratic candidate for vice president running alongside presidential candidate John Kerry. In 2007, John Edwards was found to have an extra-marital affair with a former campaign worker. The affair harmed his chances to become the presidential candidate as well as other positions such as attorney general.

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