How Much is Hillary Clinton Really Worth?

Former First Lady and Likely Presidential Hopeful is a Millionaire

Hillary Clinton
Former U.S. Sen. and onetime Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is worth several million dollars, according to public records. Getty Images

Hillary Clinton is worth at least $5.2 million and as much as $25.5 million, according to personal financial disclosures she filed in 2012 when she was secretary of the Department of State under President Barack Obama.

She is likely worth more than Obama himself. His net worth is somewhere between $2 million and $7 million, according to his most recent personal financial disclosures.

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In 2007, the last time Clinton filed financial disclosures as a member of the U.S. Senate, she indicated she was worth between $10.4 and $51.2 million, making her the the 12th wealthiest member of the U.S. Senate at the time, according to the Washington, D.C.-based watchdog group Center for Responsive Politics.

Meantime, the website 24/7 Wall St. has estimated Bill Clinton's net worth to be about $55 million.

Controversy Over Clinton's Wealth

Republicans have sought to portray the Clintons as out of touch with average Americans because of their wealth, and they seized on remarks Hillary Clinton made in the summer of 2014 about struggling to get out of debt after leaving the White House in 2000.

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Much of that debt was incurred in legal fees stemming from the investigations and scandals that plagued the couple during the Clinton presidency including the Lewinsky affair, which resulted in impeachment.

Hillary Clinton told ABC News:

"We came out of the White House not only dead broke, but in debt. 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." 

A conservative political action committee called American Rising ridiculed her comments, stating: 

"Hillary Clinton JUST said her family struggled ' ... to piece together the resources for mortgages, for houses,' after they left the White House. What she didn’t mention? She had two houses, both mansions, AND in 2013 rented a $100,000 per WEEK summer home in the Hamptons. While American families are struggling to put food on the table, Hillary thinks her situation was bad."

Sources of Income

The Clintons are said to have earned at least $100 million since leaving the White House in 2001, according to published reports. Nonetheless, Hillary Clinton told The Guardian in 2014 that she didn't consider herself "truly well off."

Of Americans who might see the Clintons as part of the elite 1 percent amid a growing wealth disparity in the United States, she said: "They don't see me as part of the problem because we pay ordinary income tax, unlike a lot of people who are truly well off, not to name names; and we've done it through dint of hard work."

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So how does Hillary Clinton earn her money?

Speaking and writing books.

Hillary Clinton is said to have gotten paid $200,000 for each speech she's given since leaving her post as secretary of the Department of State under President Barack Obama.

She's also earned millions from writing books.

Hillary Clinton was paid an $8 million advance for her 2003 autobiography Living History, according to published reports. And she was paid several million more for her 2014 book Hard Choices, which was published as the former U.S. senator was believed to be laying the groundwork for a presidential campaign in the 2016 election