Running for the presidency of the United States is an expensive pleasure. Below is a ranking of the wealthiest presidential candidates in the history of the United States.
12. John Carrie, net worth $ 103 million
Source of capital: investment and marriage
In 2004 he ran for Democrats, but lost to George W. Bush.
His wife Teresa Heinz Carrie inherited the fortune from her late husband John Heinz, a member of the Heinz dynasty, known for their ketchups.
11. Theodore Roosevelt ($ 125 million)
Source of capital: inheritance and real estate
The 26th President of the United States came from a wealthy family, but lost most of his capital in a trust fund. In 1883, he bought 235 acres of land on Long Island, which are now worth a lot of money.
10. Al Gore ($ 200 million)
Source of capital: inheritance and investment
In 2000, he lost to George W. Bush in the presidential race, and at the time his capital was unimpressive, $ 1.7 million. However, since then Gore has increased his fortune to $ 200 million. His father, Senator Al Gore Sr. owned a controlling stake in Occidental Petroleum.
9.Mitt Romney ($ 250 million)
Source of capital: private equity
Romney began his career as a consultant at Bain & Company and soon founded the investment arm of Bain Capital. In 2012, he ran for the presidency of the United States against Barack Obama, and his assets were estimated higher than the declared $ 250 million. In 2018, he was elected to the Senate as a representative from the state of Utah.
8. Steve Forbes ($ 439 million)
Source of capital: publishing, inheritance, real estate.
Forbes, the founder of the magazine of the same name, ran for the presidency in 1996 and 2000. He spent $ 69 million on the presidential campaign.
7. George Washington ($ 525 million)
Source of capital: real estate
Adjusted for inflation, the state of the first president of the United States today would be $ 525 million. Washington owned vast territories in Mount Vernon, Virginia (8,000 acres). In addition, he was the owner of 300 slaves.
6. John F. Kennedy ($ 1 billion)
Source of capital: inheritance
John F. Kennedy was born into a wealthy family and married the heiress of the oil capital Jacqueline Bouvier in 1953. His father made his fortune trading stocks and alcohol during Prohibition.
5. Nelson Rockefeller ($ 1 billion)
Source of capital: inheritance
Nelson was the grandson of one of the richest men in the world, oil tycoon John Rockefeller. He became vice president under Gerald Ford in 1974, but before that he raced three times in the presidential races in 1960, 1964 and 1968.
4. Tom Steyer ($ 1.6 billion)
Source of capital: finance
He put forward his candidacy for the 2020 presidential election in July. He has spent huge sums on environmental programs and on advertisements calling for the impeachment of the incumbent President Trump. For 26 years he managed the hedge fund Farallon Capital, but in 2012, he stepped down.
3. Donald Trump ($ 3.1 billion)
Source of capital: real estate, investments
The incumbent President Donald Trump intends to spend $ 124 million on the new presidential campaign, but not from his own funds, although he is rich enough to finance himself. The richest president in American history has not donated a single dollar to his re-election campaign.
2. Ross Perot ($ 4.1 billion)
Source of capital: technology and investment
In 1992, he took part in the presidential race against George W. Bush, and in 1996 – against Bill Clinton. He sold his company Electronic Data Systems to General Motors for $ 2.4 billion in 1984 and invested in municipal bonds.
1. Michael Bloomberg ($ 55.9 billion)
Source of capital: financial media
Bloomberg is 17 times richer than the current US president. Today he is the richest man in New York and 9th in the United States. Bloomberg intends to spend $ 100 million on the 2020 presidential campaign.