As per Richard Nixon’s famous saying, “Scrubbing floors and emptying bedpans has as much dignity as the Presidency”, being the president of the United States of America is often a thankless job. However, that is not to say that presidency doesn’t have its perks. The average net worth of a U.S. president is more than 200 times the average net worth of a U.S. adult. So you see, it is a job worth the trouble.

The statistics here have been gleaned from 24/7 Wall St and all numbers have been adjusted for inflation. The factors that have been taken into consideration here are income, land and property, inheritance, and book royalties.

The poorest – 43 to 35

Less than 1 Million USD

  • James Buchanan
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Andrew Johnson
  • Ulysses S. Grant
  • James Garfield
  • Chester A. Arthur
  • Woodrow Wilson
  • Calvin Coolidge
  • Harry S. Truma

With a net worth of less than $1 million, this group of 9 presidents did not find significant wealth while in office. It is also noteworthy to see that 6 presidents out of the 9 were in office between 1857-1881. It seems that the years preceding and following the civil war were tough times to be the President of The  United States.

Number 34 & 33 Net Worth: 1 Million USD

  • Warren G. Harding 1921 – 1923
  • William McKinley1897 – 1901 1897 – 1901

Before becoming president, Warren G. Harding earned his keep from a newspaper that he owned. The tenure of Harding ended quite abruptly as he died from a heart failure during the second year of presidency. William McKinley on the other hand only earned from his presidential salary until he was assassinated in 1901, 4.5 years into his presidency.

Number 32 – 21: 2-7 Million USD

These presidents have done moderately well for themselves. This list also includes notable characters like Barack Obama and Jimmy Carter.

  • Franklin Pierce 1853 – 1857
  • William Howard Taft 1909 – 1913
  • Rutherford B. Hayes 1877 – 1881
  • Millard Fillmore 1850 – 1853
  • Benjamin Harrison 1889 – 1893
  • William Henry Harrison 1841 – 1841
  • Zachary Taylor 1849 – 1850
  • Jimmy Carter 1977 – 1981
  • Gerald Ford 1974 – 1977
  • Barack Obama 2009 – 2016

Number 22 – 19: 8 Million USD – 15 Million USD

This group includes the successful actor-president Ronald Reagan as well as Richard Nixon.

  • Dwight Eisenhower1953 – 1961
  • James K. Polk 1845 – 1849
  • Ronald Reagan1981 – 1989
  • Richard Nixon 1969 – 1974

 

Number 18 – 11: 19 million – 51 Million

This group features some of the most notable characters who have made their fortune prior to coming into presidency.

  • John Adams 1797 – 1801
  • George W. Bush 2001 – 2009
  • John Quincy Adams 1825 – 1829
  • George H. W. Bush 1989 – 1993
  • Grover Cleveland 1885 – 1889
  • Martin Van Buren 1837 – 1841
  • James Monroe 1817 – 1825
  • John Tyler 1841 – 1845

 

Number 10 – 5: $55 Million  – 101 Million USD

Having had successful careers prior to becoming presidents, most of these individuals have been prominent politicians as well as successful businessmen.

  • Bill Clinton 1993 – 2001
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt 1933 – 1945
  • Herbert Hoover 1929 – 1933
  • Lyndon B. Johnson 1963 – 1969
  • James Madison 1809 – 1817
  • Andrew Jackson 1829 – 1837

 

The Top 5

And now we have the ones with the most amount of networth. Successful businessmen, politicians, landowners and being descendants of affluent  have made them the richest American presidents in the history of the United States of America.

  • Theodore Roosevelt (1901 – 1909) 125 Million USD
  • Thomas Jefferson (1801 – 1809) 212 Million USD
  • George Washington (1789 – 1797) 525 Million USD
  • John F. Kennedy (1961 – 1963) 1 Billion USD
  • Donald Trump (2016 – present) 3.7 Billion USD

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