The Atlantic goes through U.S. history president-by-president and breaks down the peak wealth of each. Barack Obama’s $5 million fortune is relatively paltry, making him the poorest of our last ten presidents. The all-time richest? Either JFK or George Washington, who was worth $525 million in today’s dollars:
His Virginia plantation, “Mount Vernon,” consisted of five separate farms on 8,000 acres of prime farmland, run by over 300 slaves. His wife, Martha Washington, inherited significant property from her father. Washington made significantly more than subsequent presidents: his salary was two percent of the total U.S. budget in 1789.