Current estimated net worth: $85 million
Former first lady Hillary Clinton was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2000 as the representative of New York, despite living in the state for only a short time. Some people speculated the Senate was merely a stepping stone to the presidency.
This turned out to be true, and she was considered the presumptive nominee before the 2008 primary season got under way. She ran a formidable race to the bitter end, but lost to a freshman senator from Illinois named Barack Obama. After his election, he appointed her secretary of state.
Her estimated net worth is currently $85 million. While a significant portion of this wealth comes from husband Bill Clinton's speaking fees, she also has significant cash and bond holdings, and she earned an $8 million advance for her 2003 book, “Living History.”