The Highest Office In The Land: Net Worths Of United States Presidents

While the President of the United States is one of the most esteemed titles in the world, the job actually doesn’t pay as well as one might think. While the annual presidential salary today is $400,000 a year, the president is still expected to pay for a lot of their own expenses, and the amount is a fraction of the salary most high-up CEOs and executives make. Yet, many of the men who have held the position of the presidency didn’t need the salary in the first place. In most cases, America’s past presidents have been men who either earned or inherited fortunes before ever entering the office. Read on to see how much these presidents were worth during their peaks, in terms of today’s dollars.

George Washington: $587 Million

George Washington
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George Washington, the first president of the United States, became the sole owner of his Mount Vernon estate in 1761. Located on the banks of the Potomac River, the property was first established by Washington’s great-grandfather John in 1633 and grew drastically over the years.

By the time the plantation landed in George Washington’s hands, it had a total of five farms comprising over 8,000 acres of fertile farmland. Run by over 300 slaves, the land proved to be incredibly lucrative. Furthermore, as president, Washington’s salary was two percent of the US budget in 1789.