George Washington $525 million
George Washington was wealthy before he became president. He owned several large plots of Virginia land that had tobacco and wheat farms. He started off as a surveyor which was not only a well-paid position but it allowed him to purchase lucrative plots of land. After joining the military, he married Martha Dandrige Custis who was very wealthy. When he became president, 2% of the entire budget was spent as his salary, allowing him to retire as the wealthiest president to date.
Herbert Clark Hoover $75 million
Herbert Hoover was a self-made man. Orphaned at a young age he managed to go to college for geology and eventually became well-known as an expert mining consultant. He had high salary positions, his own silver mines and profits from his book to draw profits on. After his term as presidency he enjoyed his wealth and retirement, fishing, engaging in men’s clubs and writing books. His fortune served him well as he spent 31 years in retirement.