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List of richest American politicians

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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).


Main article: List of presidents of the United States by net worth
NamePartyDate(s)Estimated wealth
adjusted for inflation
Source of wealth
Donald TrumpRepublican2017–2021$2.5 billion (2020)Inheritance, business, real estate
George WashingtonIndependent1789–1797$525 million (2010)Inheritance, business, marriage
Thomas JeffersonDemocratic-Republican1801–1809$212 million (2010)Inheritance, business
Theodore RooseveltRepublican1901–1909$125 million (2010)Inheritance
John F. KennedyDemocratic1961–1963$124 million (2007)Inheritance
Andrew JacksonDemocratic1829–1837$119 million (2010)Marriage, business, real estate
James MadisonDemocratic-Republican1809–1817$101 million (2010)Inheritance, business

Unsuccessful presidential candidates

This is a dynamic list and may never be able to satisfy particular standards for completeness. You can help by adding missing items with reliable sources.

NamePartyPositionDate(s)Estimated wealth
not adjusted for inflation
Michael BloombergDemocratic (before 2001, 2018–present)
Independent (2007–2018)
Republican (2001–2007)
Mayor of New York City2002–2014
$54.9 billionFounder and CEO of Bloomberg L.P.
Ross PerotIndependent (before 1995)
Reform (1995–2000)
Republican (2000–2019)
Member, President's Intelligence Advisory Board
Member, Select Committee on Public Education
Candidate for U.S. President
1992 (nominee), 1996 (nominee)
$4.1 billionFounded Electronic Data Systems and Perot Systems
Kanye WestIndependent
Birthday Party
Candidate for U.S. President2020$1.8 billionFounder of GOOD Music
Tom SteyerDemocraticCandidate for U.S. President2020$1.6 billionFounder of Farallon Capital
Nelson RockefellerRepublicanGovernor of New York
Candidate for U.S. President
Vice President
1960, 1964, 1968
$1 billionInheritance, grandson of John D. Rockefeller
Steve ForbesRepublicanMember, Board for International Broadcasting
Candidate for U.S. President
1996, 2000
$430 millionEditor, publisher
John DelaneyDemocratU.S. Representative from Maryland

Candidate for U.S. President



$230 millionEntrepreneur, co-founder of Health Care Financial Partners and CapitolSource
John KerryDemocraticU.S. Senator from Massachusetts
Candidate for U.S. President
Secretary of State
2004 (nominee)
$200 millionMarriage to Teresa Heinz, the widow of John Heinz, heir to the H. J. Heinz Company
Mitt RomneyIndependent (before 1993)
Republican (1993–present)
Candidate for U.S. Senate, Massachusetts
Governor of Massachusetts
Candidate for U.S. President
U.S. Senator from Utah
1994 (nominee)
2008, 2012 (nominee)
$190–250 millionFormer CEO of Bain Capital and Bain & Company, son of Michigan Governor George W. Romney
Ted KennedyDemocraticU.S. Senator from Massachusetts
Candidate for U.S. President
$163 millionInherited stake in the Chicago Merchandise Mart
John HancockFederalistPresident of the Continental Congress
Governor of Massachusetts
Candidate for U.S. President
1775–1777, 1785–1786
1780–1785, 1787–1793
$100 millionInherited a profitable mercantile business from his uncle
Al GoreDemocraticU.S. Representative from Tennessee
U.S. Senator from Tennessee
Vice President
Candidate for U.S. President
1988, 2000 (nominee)
$100 millionSon of attorney and Tennessee U.S. Senator Albert Gore Sr., who owned a stake in Occidental Petroleum, book and film deals
Hillary Rodham ClintonDemocratic (1968–present)First Lady
U.S. Senator from New York
Candidate for U.S. President
Secretary of State
2008, 2016 (nominee)
$52–111 millionBook deals and public speaking fees from foreign/domestic sources
James M. CoxDemocraticU.S. Representative from Ohio
Governor of Ohio
Candidate for U.S. President
1913–1915, 1917–1921
1920 (nominee)
$40 million (D. 1950)Founded a chain of newspapers that continues today as Cox Enterprises
Samuel J. TildenDemocraticChair of the New York Democratic Party
Governor of New York
Candidate for U.S. President
1876 (nominee)
$8.5 million (D. 1886)Law practice, investments, and inheritance of Tilden's Extract

Other U.S. politicians

This is a dynamic list and may never be able to satisfy particular standards for completeness. You can help by adding missing items with reliable sources.
NamePartyPositionDate(s)Net worthNotes
J. B. PritzkerDemocraticGovernor of Illinois2019–present$3.5 billionInheritance, family owns the Hyatt hotel chain
Penny PritzkerDemocraticSecretary of Commerce2013–2017$2.5 billionInheritance, family owns the Hyatt hotel chain
Bill HaslamRepublicanMayor of Knoxville
Governor of Tennessee
$2 billionSon of Jim Haslam, founder of Pilot Corporation, and former CEO of the e-commerce and catalog division of Saks Fifth Avenue
Mark DaytonDemocraticAuditor of Minnesota
U.S. Senator from Minnesota
Governor of Minnesota
$1.6 billionGreat grandson of George Dayton, the founder of Target
Betsy DeVosRepublicanChair of the Michigan Republican Party
Secretary of Education
$1.25 billionDaughter of Edgar Prince, founder of Prince Corporation; daughter-in-law of Richard DeVos, co-founder of Amway; sister of Erik Prince, founder of Blackwater
Jim JusticeRepublican (before 2015, 2017–present)
Democratic (2015–2017)
Governor of West Virginia2017–present$1.2 billionFounder of Bluestone Farms. Owner of 70 active mines in 5 states as of 2014
Linda McMahonRepublicanCandidate for U.S. Senate, Connecticut
Administrator of the Small Business Administration
2010 (nominee), 2012 (nominee)
$938 million-1.1 billionMarried to Vince McMahon, who inherited the professional wrestling business founded by his grandfather, Jess McMahon, now known as WWE
Herb KohlDemocratU.S. Senator from Wisconsin1989-2012$630 million-1.5 billionInheritance, son of Max Kohl, founder of Kohl's; former owner of the Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA
Wilbur RossRepublicanSecretary of Commerce2017-2021$600 millionFounder of private equity firm WL Ross & Co
Kelly LoefflerRepublicanU.S. Senator from Georgia2020-2021$500 million+Married to Jeffrey Sprecher, founder and CEO of Intercontinental Exchange
Bruce RaunerRepublicanGovernor of Illinois2015–2019$500 million+Chairman of GTCR
Amo HoughtonRepublicanU.S. Representative from New York1987–2005$475 millionFormer CEO and descendant of the founder of Corning Glass Works
Jared PolisDemocraticU.S. Representative from Colorado
Governor of Colorado
$388 millionFounder of ProFlowers
Rex TillersonRepublicanSecretary of State2017–2018$325 millionFormer CEO of ExxonMobil
Greg GianforteRepublicanGovernor-elect of Montana
U.S. Representative from Montana
2016 (nominee), 2020
$315 millionFounder of RightNow Technologies
Jon CorzineDemocraticU.S. Senator from New Jersey
Governor of New Jersey
$300 millionFormer CEO of Goldman Sachs
Steven MnuchinRepublicanSecretary of the Treasury2017–2021$300 millionFormer executive of Goldman Sachs
Michael McCaulRepublicanU.S. Representative from Texas2005–present$294 millionSon-in-law of Lowry Mays, founder of Clear Channel Communications
Rick ScottRepublicanGovernor of Florida
U.S. Senator from Florida
$255 millionFounder of Columbia Hospital Corporation
Mark WarnerDemocraticChair of the Virginia Democratic Party
Candidate for U.S. Senate, Virginia
Governor of Virginia
U.S. Senator from Virginia
1996 (nominee)
$243 millionCo-founder of Nextel Communications
Darrell IssaRepublicanCandidate for U.S. Senate, California
U.S. Representative from California
Nominee for Director of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency
$220 millionFounder of Directed Electronics
Joseph P. Kennedy Sr.DemocraticChair of the Securities and Exchange Commission
Chair of the Maritime Commission
U.S. Ambassador to the UK
$200–400 millionInvestor, banker, filmmaker
Carl PaladinoDemocratic (before 2005)
Republican (2005–present)
Candidate for Governor of New York2010 (nominee)$150 millionRetail real estate developer
Jane HarmanDemocraticUnited States Representative1993–1999, 2001-2011$500 millionInheritance, home and car audio manufacturing corporation
Arnold SchwarzeneggerRepublicanGovernor of California2003–2011$100–$200 millionReal estate, acting
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Date of last edit: 2021-04-30T22:48:22.000Z