The U.S. Presidency has no income requirement, at least not on paper. But in reality, your run-of-the-mill presidential candidate is a multi-millionaire. This year, we even have a billionaire! Here is a quick rundown of where this year’s presidential frontrunners rank on personal bank statements.
1. Donald Trump
Worth more than the rest of the field combined (many, many times over), “The Donald,” sitting on $4.5 billion, is the richest U.S. presidential candidate in history, breaking Ross Perot’s longstanding record.
2. Hillary Clinton
Leading the “everyone but Trump” group in net worth is Hillary Clinton at $45 million. The Clinton dynamic duo earned $28 million in 2014 alone.
3. Jeb Bush
Hanging on till the bitter end, Jeb Bush, with a fortune adding up to $22 million, is the third richest candidate still surviving the 2016 election cycle. Most of that tidy sum Bush earned after leaving office in 2007.
4. Ted Cruz
With a family net worth of $3.5 million, Ted Cruz would almost seem an underdog until you reread the title of this list.
5. Bernie Sanders
One of only two non-millionaires on the list, Bernie isn’t exactly feeling the burn with about $700,000 in the bank. Still, on this list, you almost feel sorry for him.
6. Martin O’Malley
Motivated but marginal Democrat Martin O’Malley is the true everyman story on this list. With a total worth of, wait for it, $0, O’Malley’s bank account numbers rival his likely percentage of the vote. In his defense, O’Malley took on quite a bit of debt to put his kids through college.
Though it’s tempting to read more into these numbers than they actually mean, keep in mind that the richest candidates are the statistical underdogs. Just ask Mitt Romney, Ross Perot and Steve Forbes. A campaign’s strength comes from its ability to raise funds, no matter what the candidate is actually worth. Reap the fruits of your fundraising efforts with Raise the Money. Whether your candidate is a regular Trump or going through a fiscal slump, if you can bring it in, Raise the Money can turn it out.