3. Hilary Clinton (Estimated: $31 million)
Hilary Clinton is the 67th United States Secretary of State, serving in the administration of President Barack Obama. She was a United States Senator for New York from 2001 to 2009.
As the wife of the 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton, she was the First Lady of the United States from 1993 to 2001. In the 2008 election, Clinton was a leading candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Clinton’s estimated average net worth in 2010 was $31 million — more than four times that of Obama’s $7.3 million — making her among the wealthiest cabinet members.
In 1996, Clinton wrote the well-received book, It Takes a Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us. It expressed her vision for the children of America and made the New York Times Best Seller list.
Clinton received the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album in 1997 for the book’s audio recording.
Other books released by Clinton when she was First Lady include Dear Socks, Dear Buddy: Kids’ Letters to the First Pets (1998) and An Invitation to the White House: At Home with History (2000). In 2001, she wrote an afterword to the children’s book Beatrice’s Goat.
In 2003, Clinton released a 562-page autobiography, Living History. In anticipation of high sales, publisher Simon & Schuster paid Clinton a near-record advance of $8 million.
The book set a first-week sales record for a nonfiction work, went on to sell more than one million copies in the first month following publication.