Here we are providing the list of top 10 richest presidential candidates who are running for the 2016 US presidential election according to Forbes and Politico. Even though technically you don’t need to be rich to be the President of the United States of America but most of the president of this great nation have been rich. The first president George Washington was worth around $525 million. Promising economic mobility and championing the middle class are key themes for candidates from sides of the political aisle as the 2016 presidential campaign gets underway.
- Donald Trump:
Net Worth: $4.5 Billion
Donald Trump on the top of list 10 richest presidential candidates 2016. His net worth is $4.5 billion. He is the very definition of the American success story. Forbes magazine estimated his fortune at $4.5 billion as of October 2015. The real estate developer business author and television personality has been the front runner in public opinion polls for the Republican Party nomination since august 2015.
2. Carly Fiorina:
Net Worth: $59 Million
The second richest candidate is Carly Fiorina who served as the CEO of Hewlett Packard from 1999 to 2005. She was the first women to run a Fortune 100 company and one of the top 20 American companies. After leaving HP she served on the boards of many multinational organizations. Her net worth is $59 million. She announced her candidacy for the Republican nomination in May 2015.
3. Hillary Clinton:
Net Worth: $32 Million
Hillary Clinton served as the 67 United States Secretary of State under President Barack Obama between 2009 and 2013. According Politico her net worth is $32.02 as of October 2015. She became the first female chair of the legal services corporation in 1978. The National Law Journal listed her twice as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in the US. She has earned over $25 million as a public speaker. She gave 51 speeches earning an average of $235,000 per speech. This is over eight times the median annual salary in America.
4. Lincoln Chafee:
Net Worth: $25.3 million
Lincoln Chafee announced that he would be running for the US President as a Democrat in April 2015. He served as the Governor of Rhode Island between January 2011 and January 2015. Lincoln Chafee was born into a wealthy family. His father great grandfather and great uncle were all governors of Rhode Island.
5. Jeb Bush:
Net Worth: $25 million
Jeb Bush served as the forty third Governor of Florida from 5 January 1999 to 2 January 2007. Bush made his wealth in real estate after moving to Florida from Houston. Politico estimated his wealth at $25 million as of October 2015.
6. Ben Carson:
Net Worth: 13.5 million
Dr. Ben Carson has an estimated net worth of $13.52 according to Politico. He served as the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital between 1984 and 2013. He is also an author and a political commentator. He was the first surgeon to successfully separate conjoined twins. He announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination in the 2016 presidential election at a rally in Detroit on 4 May 2015.
7. John Kasich:
Net Worth: $12.6 million
The Ohio governor is net worth 12.6 million according to his financial disclosure forms. He was also the host of a Fox news show that ended in 2007. Before getting in to politics Kasich made his wealth in the private sector as an investment banker and served as a managing director at the Lehman Brothers.
8. Mike Huckabee:
Net Worth: $11.88 million
He ran unsuccessfully for the republication nomination in 2007 but was able to parlay his new found name recognition into a career as a successful speaker and corporate spokesperson. The former Baptist minister and Arkansas governor is estimated to be worth over $11.88 million.
9. George Pataki:
Net Worth: $11.29 million
Pataki succeeding a three term governor would himself be elected to three consecutive terms and was one of only three republication governors of New York elected since 1923 the others being Thomas Dewey and nelson Rockefeller. Pataki stood behind the leader. In early 2015 Pataki began exploring a candidacy for the republican nomination for president of the United States in 2016 and announced his candidacy on 28 May 2015.
10. Jim Gilmore:
Net Worth: $8.17 million
Jim Gilmore was born 6 October 1949 is an American politician who was the 68 governor of Virginia from 1998 to 2002. A member of the Republican Party he has announced his candidacy for the republican nomination in the 2016 presidential election. Gilmore has consistently been the lowest polling candidates in the entire 2016 GOP filed. He has rarely registered more than 1% in any national poll often polling at 0% and sometimes not even being offered as a choice.