Some American first ladies were born into money, while others created vast fortunes through business ventures. They all one day married men who were destined to become the president of the United States. While not all were filthy rich, the wealthiest first ladies had a net worth far beyond what most Americans could ever imagine.
Below, we’ll take a look at the 15 wealthiest first ladies. Ten of the more recent ones have an individual net worth recorded separately from their husbands. For the last five, no net worth is readily available separate from that of their spouses. However, they’re worth mentioning because of the significant roles they played in growing and managing their fortunes.
10. Laura Bush
- Net worth: $10 million
Laura Bush, the wife of 43rd president of the U.S., George W. Bush, earned a Master’s degree and taught elementary school for several years. She went on to work as a librarian both at a local school and in the Houston Public Library system.
After being in the White House from 2001-2009, Bush, now 71, has written both children’s books and a memoir, Spoken From the Heart. She continues to work for causes like breast cancer awareness and education. She and George have a combined net worth of $50 million.
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