- Full Name: William Jefferson Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe)
- Born: August 19, 1946
- Place of Birth: Hope, Arkansas
- Occupation: Lawyer, Speaker, Former President of the United States
- Marital Status: Married
Bill Clinton’s Net Worth History
Although his claims to blue-collar roots went down well with Arkansas voters, Bill Clinton did not grow up in poverty. Early breaks, credited partly to his own efforts and partly to family connections, included a congressional internship and a Rhodes Scholarship. Clinton became the youngest state governor in the United States in 1978. He lost the election for a second term as governor of Arkansas in 1980, then won it back in 1982 and remained in office for the next ten years. Between 1992 and 2000, he was President of the United States. As an ex-President, Clinton is regularly paid more for a single speech than most U.S. citizens earn in a year, with a record fee of $700,000 for one speech he made in Nigeria. He also set a record as the author of the book that received the highest advance payment–$15 million for My Life in 2004.
About Bill Clinton
As a child, Bill Clinton avoided his abusive stepfather by being as active in student social life as possible. His early “politicking” prompted his teachers to make a new rule limiting the number of clubs in which one student could hold office. He used his J.D. degree from Yale to pursue office as attorney general rather than teach or practice law, then almost immediately began pursuing the governor’s position. He has said that his ambition always was to hold elected office.
As Governor of Arkansas, Clinton became known as a fiscally conservative “New Democrat.” However, his best remembered achievement was an education reform package that began with increasing the amount of money spent on public schools.
During his first presidential campaign, Clinton was an obscure contender against a successful incumbent and may have owed his first election to the “spoiler” effect of a third party candidate H. Ross Perot. After election, he became popular as his moderate policies were associated with the economic benefits of the dot-com boom.
Some of the worst rumors about the Clinton administration were traced to Clinton campaign staffers who admitted having used blatantly false rumors as “backfire” against scandals based on facts. Although the Clinton administration was marred by personal scandals of all sorts, including several accusations of financial wrongdoing, it is remembered as a time of peace and prosperity in between wars.
Major achievements of the Clinton administration included the North American Free Trade Alliance (NAFTA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), welfare reforms including a two-year limit on an able-bodied adult’s receiving welfare funds, the “don’t ask, don’t tell” compromise on homosexuality in the military service, and the (bipartisan) State Children’s Health Insurance Program.
Changing expectations of the First Lady of the United States were in some ways symbolized by Hillary Rodham Clinton, an attorney, investor, and author in her own right who continued to do her own jobs even after the Clintons became parents. For Bill Clinton, the end of his second term as President in no way implied retirement from politics. An old friend has called his post-presidential life “campaign mode.” Bill Clinton has continued to support Hillary Clinton’s successful campaign for the U.S. Senate, her appointment as Secretary of State in the Obama administration, and her preliminary moves toward a presidential campaign in 2016.
Meanwhile, as a speaker and writer, Bill Clinton has concentrated on humanitarian, charitable, and environmental causes. His 2007 book Giving invites readers to support these causes too. Bill Clinton has never had any difficulty with the idea of “doing well while doing good.”