Even though Hillary Clinton didn’t grow up in a family with their names on big buildings, she’s no damsel in distress. Aside from having a rich husband, she amassed a fortune herself from speaking engagements and near record-breaking book deals, effectively monetizing her experiences as a First Lady, Secretary of State, and nominee of the Democratic Party for President of the United States.
Hillary Clinton Net Worth as of 2019: $45 Million
1993 – 2001
While Bill Clinton was president, he and his wife Hillary Clinton bought a 5,300-square-foot home in Chappaqua, N.Y. in 1999 for $1.7 million. The white Dutch farmhouse sits on 1.1 acres and has five bedrooms, four bathrooms, and a pool. There is also a barn in the back yard. This home was a modest purchase for Mr. President and the First Lady, a small slice of the Clinton family’s net worth pie. But following the years-long investigation of Whitewater and other business dealings and the Monica Lewinsky impeachment mess, the Clintons’ wealth were quickly sucked dry.
Coming out of the White House in 2001, Hillary and Bill Clinton owed millions in legal fees and said they were “dead broke.”
“We came out of the White House not only dead broke but in debt,” Hillary Clinton said during an interview with Diane Sawyer on ABC News, referring to the hefty legal fees incurred during their White House years. “We had no money when we got there, and we struggled to, you know, piece together the resources for mortgages, for houses, for Chelsea’s education. You know, it was not easy.”
When Hillary filed a financial disclosure document after entering the U.S. Senate in 2001, the Clintons reported assets of less than $1.8 million and liabilities of more than $2 million.
That must have been a hell of a debt. Just a year prior, in 2000, she received a near record-breaking $8 million advance for her memoir Living History as the First Lady of the United States of America.
2001 – 2009
Despite being “dead broke,” Bill and Hillary Clinton purchased another mansion in 2001 for $2.85 million. It’s a brick colonial-style house in Washington near the Naval Observatory. Built in 1951, the home has five bedrooms, seven and a half bathrooms, a den, a pool, and a terrace. In just seven years, the house has nearly doubled in value, newly assessed at $5.05 million, according to The Washington Post.
Changing roles from the First Lady to U.S. senator, Hillary Clinton made $145,000 annually as senator between 2001 to 2009.
2009 – 2013
Moving on from Senator to Secretary of State, Clinton got a big raise and earned an annual salary of $186,000 from 2009 to 2013. But a $41,000 raise per year over four years, totaling $164,000 is just peanuts in the grand scheme of things. Her follow-up book, Hard Choices, details a riveting account of her four years as secretary of state, and she earned an advance of $14 million. Just one million shy of Bill Clinton’s advance of $15 million for his memoir My Life.
2013 – 2017
GettyGearing up for presidency, the public speaking circuit also became a money-making machine for Clinton. According to Forbes, she made $8.5 million in 2013 for 36 speeches. CNN reported that her standard fee is $225,000, and she collected $21.6 million over the next two years. Clinton made eight speeches to big banks, including three to Goldman Sachs.
According to CNN Money, her demands for the speaking engagements are stated in a memo from the Harry Walker Agency in New York. The memo outlines that Clinton requires travel by private jet, and prefers a Gulfstream 450 or larger.
Over the past 14 years, Hillary and Bill Clinton made over $230 million. It’s just hard to keep track of on their federal filings. Even though she lost the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election to Donald Trump, she still has boatloads of money to keep her happy.
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Hillary Clinton speaks on the partial government shutdown and sent a tweet urging Americans to call their representatives.