From Rockefeller, to George Washington, to Donald Trump, here are 11 of the richest US presidential candidates in history
President John F. Kennedy smokes a cigar during a Democratic fundraising dinner at the Commonwealth Armory at Boston University.Getty Images
- Campaigning to to be US president is an expensive business, and the challenge has drawn candidates with vast fortunes.
- US presidential contenders derived their wealth from landowning in the early days of the nation, while recent candidates got rich from technology, oil and inheritance.
- The wealthiest presidential candidate in history was Ross Perot, who unsuccessfully stood as a third-party candidate in 1992 and 1996, and was worth $3.5 billion.
- Incumbent Donald Trump is the richest president in history, with his net worth estimated at $3 billion. He has claimed the figure is larger.
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When campaigning for the presidency, candidates will often try to convey a down-home image meant to appeal to ordinary Americans.
But building a political career and running for president is an expensive business, and those who take the challenge often have at their disposals fortunes beyond the reach of most people.
Below, Business Insider looks at some of the richest people ever to run for the White House.
1992, 1996: Ross Perot — technology and investments — $3.5 billion
2016, 2020: Donald Trump — real estate and hospitality — $3.5 billion
1789: George Washington — landowner — $525 million
1996, 2000: Steve Forbes — publishing, inheritance and property — $439 million
2004: John Kerry — investments and marriage — $100 million
2012: Mitt Romney — private equity — $250 million
2000: Al Gore — inheritance and investment — $200 million
1960, 1964, 1968: Nelson Rockefeller — inheritance — $1 billion
1901: Theodore Roosevelt — inheritance and property — £125 million
1960: John F Kennedy — inheritance — $1 billion
2020: Tom Steyer — finance — $1.6 billion