Net Worth: $29M
Van Buren was actually the first president of the country that had not been born as a subject of Britain. He grew up in a semi middle-class family in New York, making his lifetime feats that much more incredible. Although he was not rich at all when he was a child, his parents still owned slaves. He became a lawyer after his schooling, which is where he began to really stack his wealth. But the majority of the nearly $30 million he would acquire would come from his time in politics.
Van Buren, who became known by the nickname of the “Little Magician,” inherited a wealthy country, too…but that phase wouldn’t last for long. Because of some of the moves of his predecessor, Andrew Jackson, the financial crash of 1837 hit just 3 months into his presidency. Hundreds of businesses and banks were plunged into ruin, causing nationwide panic. Van Buren passed away in 1862 and unfortunately, didn’t leave much of a positive legacy behind.
President Kennedy (JFK)
Net Worth: $1B
President John Fitzgerald Kennedy is most commonly known among Americans simply as “JFK.” Of course, he is also one of the most famous of the former presidents, perhaps largely due to the mysterious circumstances surrounding his assassination. Kennedy was born into a wealthy and powerful family and attended prestigious universities like Harvard and Stanford. He served in the Navy during WWII before he began his career in politics.
Kennedy actually spent some time as a journalist after he served, before he ran for the House. Of course, thanks to his family connections and impressive history both in education and fighting for the country – he won the election. He went on to become a senator and finally, president, before he was shot and passed away in 1963. He had amassed quite a fortune for himself and his family before his death – an estimated $1 billion worth.
President William Henry Harrison
Net Worth: $6M
William Henry Harrison was Benjamin Harrison’s grandfather and acted as the 9th president of the United States in 1841. If he wasn’t related to the other president Harrison, most people probably would have never even heard much about him. That’s because this Harrison was only in office for an entire month that year. Unfortunately, he passed away from pneumonia before he could continue the rest of his first term.
But just because he didn’t necessarily accomplish a whole lot during his presidency doesn’t mean he still didn’t stack up a nice, solid fortune for himself over the years. He spent most of his adult life in politics, like most of his family members. He worked as both a congressman and senator in Ohio before getting elected to the oval office. Since Harrison’s presidency was cut so tragically short, his wife was awarded a pension check for the equivalent of the rest of the years’ worth of his salary.
Net Worth: $58M
John Tyler grew up in an extremely wealthy family with 7 siblings, all of whom were literally raised to become elitists by their elitist parents. He followed in his father’s footsteps and first became a lawyer before going into politics. When his father passed away, he inherited a large portion of his estate – and the slaves along with it. Around the same time, he married a woman who hailed from another elite family in his area.
Tyler, the 10th president of the United States, was also the 1st president to obtain his position due to the death of his predecessor – William Henry Harrison. After his retirement, he moved back to his plantation with his 2nd wife. Then, in 1861 he voted in favor of Virginia to secede from the U.S, which made the current government see him as a traitor to the entire nation. He passed away the year later and was actually in debt by that time.
Net Worth: $28M
Served: 1885-1889 and 1893-1897
You may recognize the face of President Cleveland from some famous dollar bills – or, thousand-dollar bills, that is. His was the mug chosen to be printed on the $1,000 bank notes, last made in the 1940’s. He was the son of a preacher and modest bookstore owner, growing up, and he earned his attorney’s license and practiced for 12 years before he went into office. First, he served as the mayor of Buffalo, NY, then he went on to become governor before he was elected to the presidency.
But Grover Cleveland’s $28 million net worth didn’t all come from his time in law and politics. Rather, he also dabbled in high-end real estate, earning several millions of dollars through flipping various properties, including his own mansion in New Jersey. Cleveland rose the bar as president, becoming the very first president to serve two terms, nonconsecutively, and also the first democratic leader since the civil war.