Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney leads in more than the Republican primaries: He's the richest candidate in a decade, with a net worth of approximately $250 million.
The last candidate to top that figure was Steve Forbes, the publishing magnate who ran in 2000. His personal net worth is estimated to be $450 million. But the one who surpasses them all is Independent Ross Perot, who bid for the presidency in 1992 and 1996 and has a net worth of just less than $4 billion.
A study by Wealth-X ranked the presidential candidates according to current personal wealth, and as the Wall Street Journal reports, all of them for nearly the past 20 years are worth at least $30 million.
Democrat John Kerry (2004 candidate), who has said his fortune comes largely from his wife, clocks in at $240 million; Democrat Hillary Clinton (2008) has $85 million; Republican John McCain (2000 and 2008) has $40 million; and Democrat Al Gore (2000) is worth about $100 million.
The tradition of wealthy presidents began with our first: George Washington's net worth was estimated by the Huffington Post to be $545 million in 2010 dollars, while the net worth of our current president, Barack Obama, was $5 million in 2010. That might not place him in the big leagues, but he is certainly part of the wealthiest 1 percent of the population that has been the focus of the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Improving the economy continues to rank highest among voter concerns. Do you think a presidential candidate's personal net worth well into the millions matters with voters?
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