The new worth of US Presidents

March 3rd, 2013 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

Wall Street has an article with the estimated net worth of US Presidents in current dollars. These are the ones that were worth over $50 million.

  1. John F Kennedy $1,000m (family trust)
  2. George Washington $525m
  3. Thomas Jefferson $212m
  4. Theodore Roosevelt $125m
  5. Andrew Jackson $119m
  6. James Madison $101m
  7. Lyndon Johnson $98m
  8. Herbert Hoover $75m
  9. Franklin Roosevelt $60m
  10. John Tyler $51m
  11. Bill Clinton $50m

I wonder what the NZ equivalent list would look like!

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13 Responses to “The new worth of US Presidents”

  1. Johnboy (13,439 comments) says:

    1. Helen Clark $100m (graft)

    2. John Key $50m (shafting)

    3. Jenny Shipley $25m (dodgy shit)

    4. Piggy Muldoon $2m (drank too much)

    5. David Lange $1m (spent it on fish n’ chips)

    6. Norm Kirk $500,000 (never passed his stationary engine driver 1st class ticket) :)

    7. Keith Holyoake $250,000 ( why do you need money old boy if you’re a jolly old gentleman)

    8, 9,10….. Who really gives a shit. :)

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  2. Harriet (4,010 comments) says:

    JB – well done! :cool:

    BTW :Julia Gillard gets about $500k a year as PM – more than Cameron and O’bama!

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  3. David Garrett (5,152 comments) says:

    JB: You are unkind Sir…it’s a vicious VRWC lie that Big Norm never became a loco driver! Seriously though, I would love to know the value of Clark’s property holdings…held through various trusts that the left purport to hate so much…

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  4. tamati (58 comments) says:

    It’s amazing how many leaders start life from poor or working class backgrounds. They also tend to end up as right wing conservatives, whist those born with a silver spoon tend to be lefty liberals. Some exceptions exist though!

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  5. Johnboy (13,439 comments) says:

    Quite right tamati. Helen was the daughter/son of relatively wealthy dairy farming folks! :)

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  6. Johnboy (13,439 comments) says:

    He was a stationary engine driver though DG. Probably explained why his administration went nowhere.

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  7. Pauleastbay (5,030 comments) says:

    JB

    Kiwi Keith was worth shitloads thanks to his Kinloch deals with the te Heuheu’s and it was bloody dodgy.

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  8. Johnboy (13,439 comments) says:

    Jolly old gentlemanly folks never admit to their real wealth or even discuss it PEB.

    I suspect you are rather poor! :)

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  9. Pauleastbay (5,030 comments) says:

    Very erudite of you JB

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  10. Black with a Vengeance (1,552 comments) says:

    Like who gives a flying fuck Farrar when there is so much shonky shit being pulled but your pay masters you don’t comment on…

    Don’t you know your lot are miles ahead in the polls, so what’s with the shrill labour bashing, racist dog whistling and handwaving distractions?

    Signs of desperation maybe?

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  11. justinian (20 comments) says:

    Sad to say Jefferson died in debt and the contents of Monticello and all his chattels (including the slaves) were auctioned off to satisfy his creditors. Not the first time he was in such strife., In about 1812 he sold his library to the US Govt thus providing the foundation for the Library of Congress – he needed the money to pay his debts. He wrote pl;aitively to John Adams “I cannot live without books” and he began buying books again. So I would dispute that he was anything like worth a positive figure. Probably, at his death, more a negative.
    Monticello was sold as well and it passed through a number of hands until it was set up as a national trust and is a World Heritage site.

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  12. Chris2 (708 comments) says:

    Johnboy. Great list, but where is Bill Rowling and Jack Marshall!

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  13. BlairM (2,266 comments) says:

    Bill Clinton may well be worth $50m now, but he was not worth that during his presidency. It seems silly to assess presidents based on their wealth after they served, rather than when they were elected.

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