Many companies featured on Money advertise with us. Opinions are our own, but compensation and
in-depth research determine where and how companies may appear. Learn more about how we make money.

Advertiser Disclosure

The purpose of this disclosure is to explain how we make money without charging you for our content.

Our mission is to help people at any stage of life make smart financial decisions through research, reporting, reviews, recommendations, and tools.

Earning your trust is essential to our success, and we believe transparency is critical to creating that trust. To that end, you should know that many or all of the companies featured here are partners who advertise with us.

Our content is free because our partners pay us a referral fee if you click on links or call any of the phone numbers on our site. If you choose to interact with the content on our site, we will likely receive compensation. If you don't, we will not be compensated. Ultimately the choice is yours.

Opinions are our own and our editors and staff writers are instructed to maintain editorial integrity, but compensation along with in-depth research will determine where, how, and in what order they appear on the page.

To find out more about our editorial process and how we make money, click here.

By Ethan Wolff-Mann
September 25, 2015
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves to supporters as he takes the stage for a campaign event in Dallas, September 14, 2015.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves to supporters as he takes the stage for a campaign event in Dallas, September 14, 2015.
LM Otero—AP

Real estate magnate and reality television star Donald Trump, who currently leads the Republican primary polls, is constantly telling everyone that he’s very rich.

And he is. Trump’s fortune is estimated to be worth $2.9 billion (according to Bloomberg), or $4 billion (according to Forbes), or $8.7 billion (according to a document Trump circulated at his July campaign announcement), or “well over $10 billion” (according to Trump himself, later the same day).

Even the low end of that range of estimates dwarfs John F. Kennedy’s $1 billion (in 2015 dollars) reserve, and makes George Washington’s $525 million (again, 2015 dollars) look pedestrian.

In fact, a President Trump would not only be the richest president in U.S. history; he’d be richer than all previous U.S. president combined. (Their collective net worth adds up to only around $2.6 billon.)

At the other end of the spectrum, Bernie Sanders’s estimated “fortune” of around $330,507 would put him very near the bottom of the richest presidents list, alongside Vermont’s Calvin Coolidge and Harry Truman. Carly Fiorina, currently running second or third in Republican primary polls, would slot in at number 10, just ahead of Bill Clinton at $59 million.

Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, who dropped out of the Republican race this week, would have taken last place on the list if he’d remained in the race and prevailed in both the primary and general elections. He’s currently in debt, putting his net worth in negative territory.

Read next: These Are the 10 Richest Women of All Time

Advertiser Disclosure

The purpose of this disclosure is to explain how we make money without charging you for our content.

Our mission is to help people at any stage of life make smart financial decisions through research, reporting, reviews, recommendations, and tools.

Earning your trust is essential to our success, and we believe transparency is critical to creating that trust. To that end, you should know that many or all of the companies featured here are partners who advertise with us.

Our content is free because our partners pay us a referral fee if you click on links or call any of the phone numbers on our site. If you choose to interact with the content on our site, we will likely receive compensation. If you don't, we will not be compensated. Ultimately the choice is yours.

Opinions are our own and our editors and staff writers are instructed to maintain editorial integrity, but compensation along with in-depth research will determine where, how, and in what order they appear on the page.

To find out more about our editorial process and how we make money, click here.

EDIT POST