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Barack Obama Net Worth: From President to Netflix Producer

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Former president Barack Obama is gearing up to increase his sphere of influence — and potentially his net worth — as a producer. He and his wife Michelle signed a deal to produce series and films for Netflix, according to a press release from the company on May 21, 2018.

The multi-year deal could include scripted and unscripted series and films that will be made available to the 125 million Netflix subscribers in 190 countries. Netflix did not disclose the financial details; however, The New York Times and Variety reported that similar deals have been valued at tens of millions over several years.

The Obamas will produce content for the streaming service under the entity Higher Ground Productions. “Barack and I have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire us,” said Mrs. Obama in the official announcement.

Their powerful storytelling has already been lucrative for the power couple. Their most recent book deal with Penguin Random House, for example, is worth up to $65 million, according to NBC News.

Celebrity Net Worth reported both Barack and Michelle Obama’s current net worths as $40 million, but according to data collected by Analytics@American, the online business analytics degree from American University, the Obamas could make as much as $242 million post-presidency.

Read on to learn more about how Barack Obama amassed his fortune.

Barack Obama Net Worth: $40 Million

Barack Obama earned $400,000 a year throughout his entire eight-year term as President of the United States. On April 15, 2016, Mr. Obama released his 2015 tax returns, which showed that he and his wife filed jointly and reported an adjusted gross income of $436,065. They paid $81,472 in taxes according to their 18.7 percent tax rate. They also donated a total of $64,066 to more than 30 charities.

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A Timeline of Barack Obama’s Wealth

How did Barack Obama grow his fortune? Here’s a timeline of his earnings over the years, as chronicled by Business Insider:

Barack Obama: Life Beyond the Presidency

Barack and Michelle Obama withdrew to Palm Springs, Calif., after witnessing the inauguration of President Donald Trump on Friday, Jan. 20. Barack Obama is now one of five living former presidents.

According to USA Today, Obama is likely to return to his community activist roots. That will likely include work on issues that were important to him during his presidency, such as gun control, immigration, nuclear nonproliferation, race relations and criminal justice reform.

According to the 1958 Former Presidents Act, Obama will receive the salary of a Cabinet secretary for the rest of his life. Currently, that’s $205,700 a year. Among the other perks are health insurance and round-the-clock Secret Service protection until his death.

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The costs of Secret Service protection are not made public, but Obama will also receive funds for an office, staff and related expenses, which George W. Bush took advantage of to the tune of $1.1 million in 2015.

Many presidents establish foundations and enjoy lucrative second careers as in-demand speakers and authors. Obama is set to give a speech in September at a healthcare conference run by Cantor Fitzgerald, a trading and investment firm, according to The New York Times. His fee for that event is reported to be $400,000, the same as his presidential annual salary.

American University estimated that the Obamas could make as many as 50 speeches a year, earning “a conservative $200,000 a piece and you’re already close to $200 million before taxes,” the study found.

Either way, Obama is the first former president in nearly 100 years to remain in Washington, D.C., after leaving office. He and the family remained in town so his youngest daughter, Sasha, could finish high school.

Their new Washington digs are located in the capitol’s posh Kalorama neighborhood, where first daughter Ivanka Trump also owns a home. The Obamas have leased an 8,200-square-foot, nine-bedroom mansion that was built in 1928. The spacious home last sold for $5.3 million in 2014 and is estimated to be worth $6.3 million today.

Barack Obama left the office of the president a very rich man. With his post-presidential speaking and book deals, he stands to become even richer.

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