How Hillary Clinton Achieved a Net Worth of $45 Million

Hillary Clinton

In October of 2017, Forbes estimated that Hillary Clinton had a net worth of $45 million. This was rather remarkable considering that Clinton has stated that she and her husband were more or less broke by the end of 2000, which can be blamed on the cost of the legal battles that had been fought out over the course of Bill’s presidency. With that said, the Clintons were no exceptions to the rule that Presidents and First Ladies have plenty of ways to make money, which explains how they have since managed to put themselves back on a solid financial footing.

How Did Hillary Clinton Reach Her Current Net Worth?

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the events of Clinton’s life are well-documented. For example, she studied Political Science at Wellesley College before going on to study Law at Yale. There, she met Bill, who was studying Law at Yale as well. Eventually, the two went on to graduate from Yale in the same year, which was made possible by Clinton’s choice to stay an additional year for that precise purpose. Amusingly, Clinton declined Bill’s proposal of marriage after graduation because she wasn’t 100 percent certain that she wanted to tie her life together with his in that manner, though in the end, she decided to go with her heart rather than her brain by choosing to go with him to Arkansas rather than Washington D.C. in spite of the fact that she was seen as a person with serious prospects by the Democratic Party.

In time, Clinton agreed to marry Bill. However, she chose to retain the name Hillary Rodham at that point in time, which was intended to mark them out as separate people with separate professional lives. Something that actually upset both of their mothers, who were much more traditional on that particular matter than they were. Eventually, Clinton started using Clinton when Bill was campaigning for the position of the Governor of Arkansas, though she did make a point to use Hillary Rodham Clinton as well. Bill’s stint as Governor of Arkansas led to Bill’s stint as the President of the United States, which in turn, led to Clinton’s status as the First Lady of the United States.

By the end of Bill’s presidency, the Clintons were not in the best financial shape. However, they managed to bounce back through a couple of things. First, the two were willing to write about their experiences, which resulted in advances as well as respectable sales. Second, the two were willing to speak at a wide range of venues to a wide range of people, particularly when they were paid for their time. Clinton wasn’t able to fetch the kind of money that Bill could bring in, but it is worth noting that the reports are that she gets paid $200,000 per speech. Something that explains a fair amount about her current net worth.

Besides that, it is worth noting that Clinton has been involved in various activities besides money-making since her time as the First Lady of the United States. For example, she was a Senator for a period of time. Furthermore, she served as the Secretary of State for a part of the Obama presidency. These positions didn’t contribute much to her net worth in a direct sense, but it can be said that they contributed to her reputation, which in turn, has contributed much to her actual money-making efforts.

Will Her Net Worth Keep Rising?

Summed up, the sources of Clinton’s current net worth are relatively simple and straightforward in nature. One would be her books, while the other would be her paid speeches. While Clinton has gone into retirement following her loss in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, that doesn’t mean that she has put a stop to all of her activities. For proof, look no further than the book that she released about her presidential campaign, which focused a great deal of what she did wrong in her campaigning. As a result, while it seems improbable that Clinton’s net worth will be seeing huge increases in the future, it is reasonable to speculate that it will continue rising at a steady pace for some time to come. After all, she might be retired, but she remains a figure of note for a lot of people out there.


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