America might not have a royal family, but it's sure had a pretty large correlation between wealth and power, especially in our early years. Fueled by a heavy dose of curiosity, Wikipedia, and the public domain repository of presidential portraits, below we've ranked all the presidents by net worth*.
Perhaps the biggest conclusions from this list? Family money + law firms = you get to be president.
*All figures in 2010 dollars from 24/7 Wall Street's excellent list.
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In Office: 1945–1953 Never finished college, came from a farm, worked as a timekeeper on the railroad, slept with the rail-riders...not much money to be made in any of that. Oh, Harry. Wikimedia/Charles Sydney Hopkinson
In Office: 1923–1929 The man had a nice farmhouse. I've been there. It's in Vermont. He was a lawyer. It was a simple story. Wikimedia/Frank Graham Cootes
In Office: 1913–1921 He might have a school at Princeton named after him like Kennedy, but he did it through the academy, becoming the president of Princeton after teaching. Wikimedia/Daniel Huntington
In Office: 1881–1885 Chet was a teacher and then a lawyer born in rural Vermont. Unpretentious. Wikimedia/Calvin Curtis
In Office: 1881–1881 Being a preacher doesn't net you much, but he was a lawyer too, so he never went hungry. Wikimedia/Henry Ulke
In Office: 1869–1877 All soldiering. No business. Or lawyering. Wikimedia/Eliphalet Frazer Andrews
In Office: 1865–1869 He was a successful tailor, of all things. His work "never ripped or gave way," he boasted. Wikimedia/Anthony Berger
In Office: 1861–1865 You know this story. There is not much cash involved. But a ton of logs. Wikimedia/Mathew Brady
In Office: 1857–1861 The only president to never marry. Buchanan almost married a rich girl (who was, TMZ reported, suspicious of his motives) but it was broken off when he visited a friend's wife. Wikimedia/Edmund Hodgson Smart
In Office: 1921–1923 They say he was a "journalist," but he was also a businessman, owning the Marion Daily Star, which gave him a loud voice. (He was also very corrupt, giving all his friends big positions and involving himself in the biggest imbroglio up until Watergate.) Wikimedia/August Benziger
In Office: 1897–1901 A former private in the Union army, he made a million through lawyering and politics. Wikimedia/Mathew Brady
In Office: 1853–1857 Apparently regarded as one of the worst presidents in history for his failure to prevent the Civil War, lawyer Franklin didn't have much money, since he was born in a log cabin. Wikimedia/George Grantham Bain
In Office: 1909–1913 Wikipedia says he was born into the "Powerful Taft Family," but how powerful could it have been with that modest sum? A lifelong government man who held both the office of the Presidency as well as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, he was forced to accept public sector compensation. He apparently didn't starve, though. Wikimedia/Daniel Huntington
In Office: 1877–1881 Lawyer. Military man. Presidential cliche. Wikimedia/G.P.A. Healy
In Office: 1850–1853 Like Lincoln, Millard was born in a log cabin. But he did alright thanks to his legal work and politics. Wikimedia/Eastman Johnson
In Office: 1889–1893 He had some of his grandfather's money—also on this list—but added to the pile using politics and law, like everyone else on this list. Wikimedia/James Reid Lambdin
In Office: 1841–1841 Born on a plantation, he had his family money, which was good because he had a career in the military, which came with military pay. Wikimedia/Joseph Henry Bush
In Office: 1849–1850 Zach made his cash the old fashioned way—through daddy's plantation. He was a career military man, a Major General by profession. Wikimedia/Herbert E. Abrams
In Office: 1977–1981 Peanuts and public speaking. Wikimedia/David Hume Kennerly
In Office: 1974–1977 He might have had some money from a prominent banker parent, but it looks like he made most of his cash as a lawyer and politician. Wikimedia/James Anthony Wills
In Office: 1953–1961 Ike was a career military man, but he developed quite a nice nest egg as General of the Army. He deserved that one, for sure. Wikimedia/George Peter Alexander Healy
In Office: 1845–1849 Another cotton plantation owner, Polk was a classic slave-owning a**h**e but on a smaller scale. Wikimedia/Pete Souza, The Obama-Biden Transition Project
In Office: 2009–present Yet to be immortalized in oils, our 44th President made his money through law and authoring a trio of best-sellers. Wikimedia/Michael Evans
In Office: 1981–1989 Ain't no business like show business. Wikimedia/White House Photo Office
In Office: 1969–1974 Tricky Dick was a lawyer in California, doing litigation for oil companies before moving to Washington, D.C. to get into politics. Wikimedia/John Trumbell
In Office: 1797–1801 He didn't have a ton of family money, didn't make much as a teacher or as a lawyer in Massachusetts, but his stature as a lawyer and politician grew; and since he lived until he was 90, so did his fortune. Wikimedia/Eric Draper
In Office: 2001–2009 With oil and baseball (owner), we're not sure how W only has $20 million. Very curious. Wikimedia/George Peter Alexander Healy
In Office: 1825–1829 He was a lawyer, diplomat, and professor—pretty much the consummate career politician. That earned him something, but we suspect an inheritance was key. Wikimedia/Library of Congress
In Office: 1989–1993 Using his father's connections, he broke into the oil business and started a fat oil company. Wikimedia/Anders Zorn
In Office: 1885–1889, 1893–1897 This lawyer won the popular vote three times and has been the only U.S. President to serve two terms not in a row. His father was a minister, so Grover made his own bones. (Though his rich uncle helped.) Wikimedia/G.P.A. Healy
In Office: 1837–1841 Slave-owning rich family. Lawyer. Par for the course, in those times. Wikimedia/Samuel Morse
In Office: 1817–1825 If you're a lawyer by trade, it helps to have a plantation to pay the bills. Wikimedia/George Peter Alexander Healy
In Office: 1841–1845 Lawyer. Aristocrat. 'Nuff said. Wikimedia/Bob McNeely, The White House
In Office: 1993–2001 Even though he was just a lawyer born into a modest home, Clinton has made an unconscionable amount with his public speaking. Modernity + celebrity = straight cash homie. Wikimedia/Frank O. Salisbury
In Office: 1933–1945 Came from one of the wealthiest families in New York State. He could have pumped gas and still placed this high. Wikimedia/Elmer Wesley Greene
In Office: 1929–1933 Not a lawyer! He was a mining engineer, a civil engineer, and a businessman. He did quite well. Wikimedia/Elizabeth Shoumatoff
In Office: 1963–1969 A teacher by trade, he made his money through his lovely wife, Lady Bird, and having a monopoly on a radio station. Wikimedia/John Vanderlyn
In Office: 1809–1817 The author of the Bill of Rights was a classic Virginian: owning a huge number of slaves on his tobacco plantation. Wikimedia/Ralph Eleaser Whiteside Earl
In Office: 1829–1837 Born into poverty, A.J. gained traction as a lawyer and then bought a plantation, reaping him millions. He also enjoyed dueling and committed a genocidal atrocity. Wikimedia/John Singer Sargent
In Office: 1901–1909 Author, historian, explorer...Teddy was a born businessman and socialite. He knew how to play the game. Wikimedia/Rembrandt Peale
In Office: 1801–1809 His entrepreneurial spirit and law career eventually did help, but he got his cash from his wealthy slave-owning family. Wikimedia/Gilbert Stuart
In Office: 1789–1797 Did you know Georgie was so wealthy? Well, he had a tobacco plantation with hundreds of slaves. That'll do it. Wikimedia/Aaron Shikler
In Office: 1961–1963 JFK's New Mexico drug empire coaxed in an unconscionable amount of cash. Just kidding, it was family money going all the way back to P.J. Kennedy.
Or was it?
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