How Hillary and Bill Clinton Became Millionaires
Forbes estimates of their wealth range at $50 million; the Clintons got there through hard work, while also benefiting from their fame and their friendships.
What they seem not to have done, contrary to Internet theories, is break any laws.
“The Clintons have always been very careful to walk about two inches inside the line,” said Michael Johnston, a professor emeritus at Colgate University who is currently researching public perceptions of legal and illegal corruption.
He said the wealthy have usually dominated American politics, and the system enables successful politicians to move up. “Money is very, very familiar [in presidential politics] and so are the people who have it,” he said.
The Clintons built their wealth in two stages: first in Arkansas, and then on the East Coast after Bill’s presidency ended.