The 5 richest American presidents

Many of the 44 U.S. presidents amassed great personal fortunes, and some lost fortunes as well. Here are the wealthiest.

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Feb 15, 2014 2:27PM
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If you are in Congress or the White House, it's literally impossible to not become Wealthy when you suck up to the Corporations which are actually the ones controlling this Country.
Feb 17, 2014 5:01AM
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Although George Washington's authorized salary was a sizeable amount for the time, he never accepted a penny of it.
Feb 17, 2014 6:51AM
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PRETTY SAD that Hillary is the front runner for the Democratic Party, they just keep sinking lower and lower. I guess people don't really mind she cost another senator his life and just a few disposable soldiers, THEN LIED ABOUT IT! But hey thats what Clintons do.

Maybe they Democratic party should outsource for the next candidate.

Feb 14, 2014 9:25PM
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obama is worth 7 million?  Why isnt he paying his fair share?  he doesn't need that much money.  Why isn't he helping others with it?

He can't spend all that money.  why is a politician who preaches fairness a millionaire and has so much more than 99% of the rest of americans?

This president can afford to pay more taxes.  SO why doesn't he?  Why does he still take deductions in order to get out of paying what he owes?

Feb 14, 2014 8:09PM
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Don't forget about the Clinton trust which made the news awhile back about not contributing to any of their causes! 
Feb 17, 2014 10:59AM
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Everyone needs to start asking how Obama is now worth $7 Million when he came into the office as a 1 term senator after being nothing more than a street organizer.  Who is behind this guy?????
Feb 14, 2014 10:01PM
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This whole article is a bunch of Hokey bullsh!t...If they die poor or in debt...They were not rich.
Feb 17, 2014 12:38PM
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Compared to today where they leave richer than when they went into office. Crooked bastards! Doesn't matter if they're GOP or Dem. It's our fault for allowing it.
Feb 17, 2014 10:27AM
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very soon it will be a requirement to be a millionaire just to hold national office of any damn kind
Feb 17, 2014 12:31PM
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Obama will make hundreds of millions on the talk circuit being the first minority President and a good speaker.  He could become the wealthiest n this list.  It's not over till they're dead.
Feb 17, 2014 1:01PM
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It's funny how the wealth accumulated by those who wear the label Democrat or Republican is only offensive to those who swear allegiance to the opposite party.  The reality is that money, in and of itself, is not evil; nor is the accumulation of money particularly evil.  It is the love of money that is evil.  It is the act of elevating the rich to some elevated status that is evil.  It is the methods for accumulating wealth that may be evil.  If you gain your wealth because you invented a cure for cancer or a new method for traveling through space, then you have earned it.  If you gain your wealth by exploiting your labor force, through grinding them down and keeping them in poverty, by preventing them from having access to medical care and decent housing and adequate food, then you are evil.  If you earn your money by writing a series of best selling books (which is a lot harder than you might think) or by having enormous talent at one thing or another, then you are not evil.

It is also a question of whether you have earned or inherited wealth.  It is also a question of whether or not you use your wealth in order to avoid responsibility.  Do you think the rules of decent behavior no longer apply to you because you have wealth?  Do you treat people badly because you can get away with it now that you have wealth?  I think most of us can agree that Justin Bieber is not putting his newfound wealth to good purpose.

I also believe that there should be some limits on the amount of wealth one can accumulate.  Excessive wealth equals excessive power and influence.  If the wealth of the world continues to flow upward to a smaller and smaller and smaller number of people, we will eventually be completely ruled by those wealthy few, without any say in what happens to us or to our lives.  That kind of wealth needs to be curbed.  That kind of wealth does need to be "redistributed" because it gives individuals way too much power.

Feb 17, 2014 1:58PM
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PELOSI ENTERS CONGRESS WITH $700,000.00

HER NET WORTH TODAY IS $28,000,000.00
I WAS NOT AWARE THE GOVERNMENT SERVANTS WERE PAID SO WELL
Feb 17, 2014 12:51PM
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How about a list of the five who got the richest AFTER taking office
Feb 17, 2014 12:23PM
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More importantly, who are the most broke Preaident's?
Feb 17, 2014 12:18PM
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It's interesting that the founding fathers inherited wealth or made good marriages but then managed to squander their money.  It's also interesting that many of them owned slaves.  We put these people on pedestals and fail to understand that, while they may have been brilliant in some ways, they were also flawed human beings with their own fair share of weaknesses and bad judgment.

It is important to recognize their failings as well as their strengths.  They were products of their time, and they didn't always get it right.  Elevating their opinions and words to the level of holy Scripture is foolish.

Feb 17, 2014 1:38PM
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I got the chance to visit Mount Vernon last spring and it was a pretty surreal experience to know I was walking in our first presidents house.  It is a big house but it was not as fancy as I thought it would be. Some of the paint colors are hideous.  I thought it was strange there was no kitchen in the house just a detached slave kitchen.  I guess Martha did not do much cooking.
Feb 17, 2014 2:05PM
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BRENT 

I SAID HER,,,,,,,,,,,NOT HIM,,,,,AND BEING THAT YOU MENTIONED PAUL PELOSI ,,HE HAS SOME UNIQUE TIES TO CHINA 
                                   LOL
Feb 17, 2014 3:17PM
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GW may be the richest Pres when he inherits half a billion from dad added to his wealth.  
Feb 17, 2014 12:48PM
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Push for 'term limits', push, push, push, and push to abolish 'real estate' taxes for favor of 'user based' taxes (sales and income).
Feb 17, 2014 12:41PM
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George Washington also had the largest whiskey distillery in American at the time.  
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