On Oct. 26, Hillary Rodham Clinton turns 70 years old. Learn more about the personal and professional life of the self-described pantsuit aficionado as she works to break through her toughest glass ceiling yet. Who knows — you might learn something new about the former presidential candidate.
Hillary Clinton Net Worth: $45 Million
After three decades of public service, Clinton has become one of the most prominent women in U.S. politics, further solidified by her No. 2 spot on Forbes’ list of the world’s most powerful women in 2016. As the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, she gained the support of millions of Americans. Her husband, Bill Clinton, referred to her at the 2016 Democratic National Convention as “the best darn change maker I’ve ever met in my life.”
Clinton has successfully navigated a career filled with firsts, including the first female presidential candidate. Of course, politics aren’t her everything — she’s also a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Not to mention, her net worth is an impressive $45 million.
From working at a law firm to giving speeches, Clinton has been able to build an impressive multimillion-dollar fortune. Here’s just a small look at how she’s made money over the years, according to reports by NPR, CNN and The Atlantic.
- Clinton became a partner at a law firm and was paid $110,000 in 1991.
- She was also on the boards of directors for several companies: Wal-Mart, TCBY and LaFarge. She was paid $60,700 from the three corporations in 1991.
- From February 2001 to May 2016, Clinton and her husband were paid $153 million in paid speeches.
- Clinton received $2.9 million as her first installment of an $8 million advance for her memoir, “Living History.”
- She also received $14 million for her book “Hard Choices.”
Hillary Clinton’s Early Years
A Chicago native, Clinton was raised in Park Ridge, Ill., with her two younger brothers. Her father owned a small drapery business and her mother was a homemaker.
Clinton displayed an interest in politics at a young age. In 1964, she volunteered for Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater’s campaign.
In 1965, she enrolled at Wellesley College as a political science major. During her freshman year, she became the president of the Young Republicans Club but ultimately realized her views were more aligned with the Democratic party, which she joined in 1968. That same year, she became president of the student government at Wellesley.
Clinton later went on to become the first student to give a commencement address at her 1969 graduation — which was covered in Life magazine. Next up was Yale Law School, where she met future President Bill Clinton in 1971 and graduated in 1973.
Hillary Clinton’s Career
As a newly minted lawyer, Clinton accepted a job at what would later be known as the Children’s Defense Fund. There, she went door-to-door in New Bedford, Mass., to learn about the difficulties children with disabilities faced trying to get an adequate education. Her work aided in the passage of legislation requiring the state to offer equal learning opportunities to children with disabilities.
Following a stint as a lawyer on the congressional committee investigating President Nixon, she moved to Arkansas, worked as a law professor and attorney and co-founded Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families. Around that time, she also married Bill Clinton, who later was elected governor. As first lady of Arkansas, she also worked to improve the healthcare and education systems in the state.
Bill was elected president of the U.S. in 1992 and again in 1996, which made Hillary first lady until 2000. She used this platform to work to help all Americans gain access to affordable healthcare and helped institute the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
In 2000, she was elected a New York senator — the first woman to hold the job — where she helped gain $20 billion to reconstruct New York City after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and worked to ensure responders who later got sick received the proper healthcare.
As a senator, Clinton also launched the Farm-to-Fork program, an initiative that made it easier for New York farmers and producers to sell their products throughout the state. She was elected to a second term as senator in 2006.
In 2008, Clinton ran for president but narrowly lost the Democratic nomination to former President Barack Obama. She continued to serve as a New York senator until 2009, when President Obama appointed her the 67th secretary of state. In this role, she worked to bring tougher sanctions against Iran, negotiated a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, advocated for women’s rights globally and worked to push for greater LGBT rights and human rights. In 2013, she stepped down as secretary of state.
Eight years after battling it out with Obama, Clinton ran for president against current President Donald Trump. She ultimately lost the 2016 presidential election — but her net worth didn’t suffer.
What Is Hillary Clinton Doing Now?
Clinton is currently working on a few projects, including Onward Together, which is “dedicated to advancing the vision that earned nearly 66 million votes in the last election,” according to her website. And her latest book “What Happened” is currently available on Amazon. The book reveals what the former presidential candidate was thinking and feeling during her run for presidency.
Marriage to Bill Clinton
When Hillary ran for office, Bill relished in recounting the story of how he met her in 1971 when the two were students at Yale Law School. The couple married on Oct. 11, 1975, in Fayetteville, Ark.
With his wife by his side, he served as the governor of Arkansas from 1979 to 1981 and again from 1983 to 1992, when he was elected 42nd president of the U.S. He served two terms in office, from 1993 to 2001.
Bill and Hillary welcomed their daughter Chelsea in 1980. Their first grandchild, Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky, was born in 2014. Their second grandchild, Aidan Clinton Mezvinsky, was born in 2016.
Bill’s net worth is $80 million.
The Clinton Foundation Mission and Controversy
Founded in 1997, the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation works to enhance the lives of citizens around the globe by championing a number of issues, including healthcare, climate change, economic development and creating more opportunities for women.
A few of the foundation’s successes include getting nearly 35,000 schools in the U.S. to offer healthy food options — an effort to fight childhood obesity — and helping more than 11.5 million people in more than 70 countries gain access to CHAI-negotiated prices for necessary HIV/AIDs medications. To date, the foundation has raised nearly $2 billion, according to the Washington Post.
The Clinton Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization with more than 300,000 contributors. All foundation staff is paid through the organization’s payroll — except the Clintons, who do not earn a salary or receive funding of any type from the nonprofit.
While the foundation has insisted Clinton was not involved with it while she served as secretary of state, the foundation was a topic of contention last election season. Despite donating $100,000 to the organization himself, President Donald Trump has repeatedly called the nonprofit corrupt and accused Clinton of granting Clinton Foundation contributors unfair access to her during her tenure as secretary of state.
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Net worth figures are indicative of assets versus liabilities. All net worth figures are according to CelebrityNetWorth.com unless otherwise noted.