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Here’s a List of America’s Top 10 Richest Presidents of All Time

Founding fathers George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison all came from wealthy land-owning families

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Labor Day- a holiday linked to workers’ rights and wearing white. Pixabay

From the earliest days of the republic, rich white men have had a disproportionate say in the fate of the country. Founding fathers George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison all came from wealthy land-owning families.

Money and connections have long helped scions of America’s wealthiest families realize their presidential dreams. These political dynasties include the Adams and the Bushes. However, not all of America’s presidents started off rich; some made all of their money after serving as commander in chief. The annual salary for the president of the United States is $400,000.

24/7 Wall Street analyzed the finances of American presidents and adjusted the figures for inflation to December 2018 levels. The online financial news company considered assets such as real estate, work savings, inheritance, book royalties, ownership of companies, profits from family estates, and other forms of income.

Here’s 24/7’s list of America’s Top 10 richest presidents of all time — with their net worth adjusted for inflation:

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Donald Trump was born into wealth and inherited at least $413 million from his father. Pixabay

#1  Donald J. Trump
Peak net worth: $3.1 billion
45th president (2017-

Donald Trump was born into wealth and inherited at least $413 million from his father, according to the New York Times. He became even richer after taking over his father’s real estate business and now owns billions of dollars in real estate.

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John F. Kennedy was born into money and all of his wealth was inherited. VOA

#2 John F. Kennedy
Peak net worth: $1.1 billion
35th president (1961-1963)

John F. Kennedy was born into money and all of his wealth was inherited. His father, Joe Kennedy, was one of the richest men in the United States, having made his money through banking and investing. In addition to his family’s wealth, Kennedy’s wife, Jackie, also had big bucks; she was an oil heiress.

 

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The nation’s first president inherited most of his wealth. VOA

#3 George Washington
Peak net worth: $587 million
1st  president (1789-1797)

The nation’s first president inherited most of his wealth. George Washington inherited his lucrative plantation, Mount Vernon, from his half-brother. He also earned good money as a general and then as president. Washington’s presidential salary in 1789 was $25,000, which was 2% of the total U.S. budget.

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Thomas Jefferson inherited 1,200 hectares (3,000 acres) of land near Charlottesville. Pixabay

#4 Thomas Jefferson
Peak net worth: $236.8 million
3rd president (1801-1809)

Thomas Jefferson inherited 1,200 hectares (3,000 acres) of land near Charlottesville, Virginia, from his father. He added 809 more hectares (2,000 acres) to his real estate portfolio and built his showpiece home Monticello. Although he remained wealthy for most of his life, Jefferson was deeply in debt when he died, in part because income from farming was unreliable and also because Jefferson was a big spender who lived beyond his means.

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Theodore Roosevelt inherited a large trust fund and did little to increase his wealth. VOA

#5 Theodore Roosevelt
Peak net worth: $139.7 million
26th president (1901-1909)

Theodore Roosevelt inherited a large trust fund and did little to increase his wealth. Elected to the New York State Assembly at the age of 23, Roosevelt spent most of his adult life in public service. However, he did lose a chunk of his fortune after a ranch investment in the Dakotas went bad.

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Andrew Jackson was one of the relatively few U.S. presidents who was actually born poor and earned his own money through a law practice. VOA

#6 Andrew Jackson
Peak net worth: $132.6 million
7th president (1829-1837)

Andrew Jackson was one of the relatively few U.S. presidents who was actually born poor and earned his own money through a law practice. However, while he wasn’t born into wealth, Jackson did marry money and inherited a fortune from his wife Rachel when she died shortly before he became president.

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James Madison’s parents were extremely wealthy and owned several hectares of land. VOA

#7 James Madison
Peak net worth: $113.3 million
4th president (1809-1817)

James Madison’s parents were extremely wealthy and owned several hectares of land. They had a lucrative plantation in Orange County, Virginia, and built the famed Montpelier estate. However, Madison started to run out of money towards the end of his life.  His plantation wasn’t successful and his stepson lost a lot of his stepdad’s cash due to problems with drinking and gambling.

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Lyndon Johnson was a hardworking ambitious young man without much money until he met and married Claudia. Pixabay

#8 Lyndon B. Johnson
Peak net worth: $109.3 million
36th president (1963-1969)

Lyndon Johnson was a hardworking ambitious young man without much money until he met and married Claudia “Lady Bird” Taylor, who came from a wealthy Texas family. Together, they owned livestock and 607 hectares (1,500 acres) of land in Texas. However, their main source of income was a radio station owned by Lady Bird.

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Herbert Hoover was truly a self-made man. VOA

#9 Herbert Hoover
Peak net worth: $83 million
31st president (1929-1933)

Herbert Hoover was truly a self-made man. Orphaned as a child, he graduated from Stanford and worked as a mining engineer before entering politics. He wrote a mining engineering textbook and acquired several Burmese silver mines, which made him rich.

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Bill Clinton made his money after leaving office, earning millions from his 2005 autobiography, My Life. VOA

#10 Bill Clinton
Peak net worth: $75.9 million
42nd president (1993- 2001)

Bill Clinton made his money after leaving office, earning millions from his 2005 autobiography,  My Life. His wife’s wealth also helps boost the ex-president’s bottom line. Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton is thought to have gotten a $14 million advance for her 2014 memoir Hard Choices.  Both Clintons have made millions giving paid speeches. (VOA)

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Google Gives Up on US Carriers, will Roll Out its Own RCS Chat System

Plus, you'll get better group chats, with the ability to name groups, add and remove people to and from groups, and see if people haven't seen the latest messages

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With RCS on Android, when you and your friends message each other with new chat features, you can chat over Wi-Fi or mobile data, send and receive high-resolution photos and videos, and see if people have received your latest messages. Pixabay

Tired of dilly-dallying at the end of US telecom carriers, Google has announced to roll out its own Rich Communication Services (RCS) on Android that will replace the traditional SMS text messaging with more useful chat features.

“To make your conversations more seamless, we’ve worked on upgrading traditional SMS text messaging with more useful chat features, powered by RCS (Rich Communication Services),” Google said in a statement on Thursday.

With RCS on Android, when you and your friends message each other with new chat features, you can chat over Wi-Fi or mobile data, send and receive high-resolution photos and videos, and see if people have received your latest messages.

“Plus, you’ll get better group chats, with the ability to name groups, add and remove people to and from groups, and see if people haven’t seen the latest messages,” informed Google.

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To make your conversations more seamless, we’ve worked on upgrading traditional SMS text messaging with more useful chat features, powered by RCS (Rich Communication Services). Pixabay

Earlier this year, Google enabled the ability for anyone in the UK, France, and Mexico to get chat features in Messages.

Users of Google’s app will eventually see a notification to “Do more with Messages,” and then they’ll be able to “enable chat features” which is RCS.

Chat features are already available for some in Google Messages, and are being broadly rolled out in the US.

“If you already have Messages, you’ll also be prompted to enable chat features in the coming weeks. If you don’t have Messages, you can download it on the Play Store. We expect this service to be broadly available in the US by the end of year,” said the company.

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Google said it is committed to working with its partners, including carriers and device makers, to provide a consistent and interoperable experience for everyone on Android.

RCS is a communication protocol between mobile telephone carriers and between phone and carrier, aiming at replacing SMS messages with a text-message system that is richer and can transmit in-call multimedia. (IANS)