Candidates for political office often try to relate to the average American, and a big part of that involves playing down their wealth. Typically, politicians are relatively rich, as are most world leaders. Candidates follow the same archetype, usually. Just look at Donald Trump — an outspoken billionaire, who can’t keep from bragging about his success and wealth. He’s the outlier, in this case. One of the few who parlay their wealth into a strength, even though it may alienate many voters.
Then, on the other end of the spectrum, you have a candidate like Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. Sanders has made a splash this campaign season by taking shots at the wealthy; he’s proposed raising taxes on the highest-earning Americans, and even breaking up the biggest banks.
Clearly, money is at the center of things during this campaign — even if it’s taking a different route there than in previous contests.
Because money and wealth hold an important place in the election, it’s important (to some) to know how much, or how little, the candidates themselves actually have. Again, most of these men and women are rich; but there’s quite the gulf between a billionaire like Trump, and a Congressman.
Who are the richest in the race? Let’s take a look at the 2016 presidential candidates:
Bernie Sanders: $330,507
Perhaps the most humble candidate is the only challenger to front-runner Hillary Clinton from the Democratic Party. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has an estimated net worth of $330,507. Sanders has expressed criticism of the abuse of money and of Wall Street. “We now have a political situation where billionaires are literally able to buy elections and candidates,” he said, according to CNN.
Marco Rubio: $443,500
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) follows Sanders closely, with an estimated net worth of $443,500. Rubio has referenced his humble roots to voters, saying during his initial announcement, “When they were young, my parents had big dreams for themselves … but because they were not born into wealth or power, their future was destined to be defined by their past…Here in America, my father became a bartender, my mother a cashier, a maid, a K-Mart stock clerk.”
Following his lost in Florida to Donald Trump, Rubio dropped out of the 2016 presidential race.
Ted Cruz: $3 million
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has a net worth of a little over $3 million.
Hillary Clinton: $15.3 million
According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Clinton is worth an estimated $15.3 million. Not surprising given her name, and the fact that Bill is continuing to make six-figures from giving speeches.
Donald Trump: >$4 Billion
Donald Trump, the billionaire outsider who is currently giving the electoral process a severe shake-up, represents the zenith of our list of wealthiest presidential candidates. Trump claims, per Bloomberg, to be worth as much as $10 billion — though others have pegged him much lower, around the $4 billion mark. It’s hard to say for sure, as his value does ebb and flow with his numerous business and real estate dealings.
But one thing is for sure: Trump is, by far, the richest presidential candidate in the field.
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