Michelle Obama is more than just President Obama’s wife. Known for her background in law and advocacy for women, Michelle has grown into a powerful female icon who continues to influence even after her time as first lady has ended.
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Michelle Obama Net Worth: $40 Million
Michelle Obama holds an impressive set of titles: writer, advocacy icon, lawyer, and former first lady, to name a few. Michelle has a net worth of $40 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth — that’s not counting what she shares with her husband Barack, the 44th president of the United States.
Obama has become a global icon for women’s rights and advocacy, catapulting herself into that role initially as first lady when her husband took office in 2009 and continuing her work even after he left office in 2017.
Her net worth is set to skyrocket once her memoir “Becoming” debuts on Nov. 13, 2018; the Michelle Obama book deal has been reported to net her over $65 million.
“Writing BECOMING has been a deeply personal experience,” Obama said via Twitter. “I talk about my roots and how a girl from the South Side found her voice. I hope my journey inspires readers to find the courage to become whoever they aspire to be.”
Michelle Obama Personal Life
Born Michelle LaVaughn Robinson on Jan. 17, 1964 in Chicago’s South Shore region, she was a gifted student and graduated as salutatorian of her graduating class in 1981. Following her older brother to Princeton University for her undergraduate degree, she then went on to earn her J.D. from Harvard University.
She married Barack in October 1992, going on to have two daughters — Malia in 1998 and Sasha in 2001.
She also holds the title of the first African-American first lady of the United States.
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First Lady Michelle Obama
When her husband Barack was voted in as 44th president of the United States, Michelle took on the role of first lady of the United States — one she held for two terms, until January 2017.
During her tenure in the White House, Obama put the spotlight on developing healthy families and advocating against childhood obesity. She launched the “Let’s Move!” program in 2010, a program designed to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity within a generation. The program focused on providing healthier food in schools, helping kids be more physically active and urging companies to market healthier foods to our children. Let’s Move! was dedicated to giving parents support to make healthier choices for their kids.
Mirroring her background in education, she also launched the “Reach Higher Initiative” and the “Let Girls Learn” Initiative in 2014 and 2015, respectively. Both of these key initiatives were aimed at reaching underprivileged students — specifically, girls for Let Girls Learn — and encouraging them to complete and further their education, as well as making higher education a more attainable goal.
Michelle Obama After the White House
Since her departure from an official White House role, Obama has continued her public advocacy, speaking out on the topics she championed and brought into the spotlight during her time as first lady.
She has delivered keynote speeches since 2017, making appearances at the Partnership for a Healthier America conference, WWDC, Global Citizens Festival, Inbound 2017 and the Philadelphia Conference for Women.
She is still heavily involved with the nonprofit Obama Foundation, which has a mission to inspire and empower people to change their world.