Don’t believe all that born-in-a-log-cabin hype. Only four United States presidents actually started out that way, Abraham Lincoln being the most famous. By the time the other three, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan and James A. Garfield, entered the nation’s highest office, they shared one trait with its other 40 occupants: All had achieved a certain measure of financial prosperity.
Despite two centuries of campaign rhetoric touting identification with the common man, the simple fact is that no truly poor individual ever has become president of the United States.
Can anyone grow up to be president? If history is a judge, not unless they first amass sufficient financial wherewithal to withstand often income-less political races. (If Sarah Palin runs for president she’ll need that $10 million Forbes estimates she has earned in book advances and speaking fees over the past year.)
Check out the top 10 richest Presidents according to Forbes.com: