7 businessmen and their success or failure as US president

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You may have heard that a certain New York businessman sits atop Republican polls for president. He’s fabulously wealthy, highly intelligent (just ask him) and is, he boasts, the answer to all that ails America.

But would Donald Trump’s reputation as a sharp-elbowed businessman who knows how to make a buck translate into success in the Oval Office?

In honor of Presidents Day, Bankrate compiled a list of businessmen who were elected to the presidency, starting at the beginning of the 20th century, as well as their greatness ranking as president. The rankings and other information came from these 3 entities:

  • The Siena College Research Institute, which surveys historians, political scientists and presidential scholars to rate the presidents in 20 areas.
  • The Center for Effective Public Management at the Brookings Institution, a think tank in Washington, D.C.
  • The American Political Science Association, which conducted 162 surveys of experts of the American presidency.

As you’ll see from the following slides, there appears to be no discernible link between business acumen and presidential effectiveness.