For the past few decades, the name “Clinton” has become synonymous with power and wealth – but exactly how much is Hillary Clinton, wielder of wit and wealth, worth?
Hillary Clinton Net Worth As Of 2018: $32 Million
So how did Hillary accumulate her millions? We break it down for you below.
1960 – 1969David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images
Clinton grew up in Park Ridge, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois. Her father was the owner of a fabric business, and her mother was a homemaker. As a high school student, she volunteered for Barry Goldwater’s campaign for the presidency in 1964. In 1965, Clinton attended Wellesley College and became the first student commencement speaker. After graduating from Wellesley in 1969, Clinton attended Yale Law School where she earned a J.D. in 1973. As a college student, Clinton was involved in the Young Republicans Club and organized a student strike after Martin Luther King Jr’s death in 1968.
While at Yale Law School, Clinton was mentored by Marian Wright Edelman, and worked for the Washington Research Project. This project, later named the Children’s Defense Fund, aimed to give every child a “Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start.” Clinton also served on the Yale Review of Law and Social Action. Feeling bad about all of those nights spent neglecting world domination in favor of a Netflix marathon yet?
1970 – 1992
Hillary and Bill met while they both were attending Yale Law School, and they became the ultimate power couple (before power couples were even a thing). After graduation, Clinton worked at Rose Law Firm in Arkansas, where she was eventually named the first female partner in the firm’s history. Though there are no definite numbers to back up her salary as a lawyer and partner at the law firm, it is estimated that Clinton made at least $200,000 per year when she worked there in the ’70s.
When Bill was elected as the governor of Arkansas in 1979, Clinton subsequently became the first lady of Arkansas. In the ’70s and ’80s, Clinton also held several corporate positions as the chair of the Children’s Defense Fund and served on the board of the Arkansas Children’s Hospital. With all of this hard work, Clinton’s net worth eventually surpassed that of her husband’s – so cool, am I right?!
1993 – 2001PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images
Though the Clintons were very powerful in their roles in the White House during the 1990s, this power ultimately led to a string of scandals that cost them most of their fortune. Both the Whitewater and Lewinsky scandals drained the Clintons of their previous fortunes. In an interview with Diane Sawyer after leaving the White House, Clinton said that her and her husband were “dead broke.” What exactly is “dead broke”? It is estimated that the Clintons were 8 million dollars in debt in 2000, after leaving the White House.
2001 – 2009ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images
Clinton served as New York senator for two terms where she worked on several senate committees like Armed Services, Environment, and Public Works. Her yearly salary as a senator was $174,000, but obviously this wasn’t her only source of income during that time. By the time Clinton became the Secretary of State, her fortune was estimated at a whopping $31 million. She was able to get an $8 million advance for her book, Living History, and the book ended up selling about a million copies. The proceeds from another book, It Takes a Village, were all given to charity. There are several other works written by Clinton, but the money made from these are unknown to the public.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of gaps in her financial history that are still a mystery. While it is known that Clinton invested in real estate and market funds that earned her $26 million, the rest of the millions are unknown.
2009 – 2013TANG CHHIN SOTHY/AFP/Getty Images
When Clinton lost the campaign for the presidency against President Barack Obama in 2008, he appointed her as Secretary of State. Before entering this office, her fortune was steadily climbing into the hundreds of millions. As Secretary of State, she made $186,600 per year, and up until the point of the decline of her net worth in 2011, Clinton’s net worth was around 30 million dollars.
By the end of 2011, her net worth had dropped to only $13 million. Though there are no records indicating why this drop in her net worth occurred, it is assumed that she switched over some of her funds to her husband. It is also reported that some of this money may have been stored in blind trusts with an amount of money that not even the Clintons would know about.
When she left the office in 2013, her net worth totaled around $13 million.
2010 – 2016Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
In 2014, Clinton made over 12 million dollars in speaking fees – for real. In fact, her smallest paycheck was $100,000 speaking for the California Medical Association. In 2015, she made around $3 million in speaking fees.
Clinton announced her aim for the presidency in April of 2015. Her campaign was able to raise $160.9 million, and other outside independent groups raised $59.4 million. Right now, the campaign has $30.8 million on hand because they have already spent about 80 percent of the money raised. She is the second wealthiest presidential candidate behind Donald Trump.
It is estimated that Clinton currently has around $30 million in life insurance policies and other investments at this time.
Hillary Clinton is currently worth almost $32 million.
Despite the startling results of the presidential campaign, Clinton did not stop working towards a stronger, more unified country. There hasn’t been talk of her starting her own political group, however Clinton is speaking with leaders of Democratic organizations and working on possible partnerships with them.
Hillary as a Philanthropist
According to tax records from 2007 to 2014, the Clintons donated about 15 million dollars to charity. About 98 percent of the money donated went to the Clinton Family Foundation. The Clinton Family Foundation was founded in 2001 by Bill Clinton to “strengthen the capacity of people throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence.” The foundation is intended to improve global health, increase opportunities for women and girls, helping the environment, and meet any other challenges that are deemed important by the people. According to the Clinton Foundation’s website, more than 430 million people in more than 180 countries have benefited from this charitable organization.
As Hillary Clinton continues her pursuit of the Oval Office, we will wait to see if she will reach total world domination.
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