• Barack Obama's net worth is $40 million , according to a 2018 GoBankingRates estimate.
  • Aside from the six-figure pension he receives as a former president, Obama has made millions from speaking engagements and his best-selling books.
  • Former First Lady Michelle Obama 's memoir " Becoming " was the top-selling book of 2018.
  • While Obama spends his money in various ways, he loves to donate to charity and take family vacations.

Former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama are a busy couple.

From speaking at events around the world to writing memoirs and signing a massive production deal with Netflix, the Obamas' life after the White House has been full and very lucrative.

For her part, Michelle Obama's memoir " Becoming " was published in November 2018 and became the year's No. 1 best-selling book .

These endeavors along with the six-figure pension all former presidents receive have significantly contributed to the Obamas' net worth , which is at least $40 million, according to a 2018 GoBankingRates estimate. The New York Post recently pegged their fortune much higher, at $135 million .

From the time Barack joined the US Senate in 2005 to the end of his presidency, he made $20 million alone from his presidential salary, book royalties, and investments, Forbes reported. And based on all the projects the couple has taken on in the short time since leaving the White House, we can only expect them to make many millions more.

From philanthropic efforts to vacationing where the sun shines to making long-term investments in his daughters' education, here's how the Obamas spend their fortune.

The Obamas entered the White House with a $1.3 million net worth in 2008. That has since grown to $40 million, according to a 2018 estimation.

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From 2005 (when Barack Obama joined the US Senate) to 2016, the Obamas earned a total of $20.5 million from his government salary, book royalties, investment income, and Michelle Obama's income from her job at University of Chicago Hospitals before she became the first lady.

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Obama earned $400,000 a year during his eight years as president, and he earns an annual pension of about $200,000 as a former president.

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The lion's share of the Obamas' fortune came from books. From 2005 to 2016, Obama earned $15.6 million in advances and royalties from his books "The Audacity of Hope" and "Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters" and royalties for "Dreams From My Father," Forbes reported, citing tax returns and financial documents.

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But Barack's lucrative career as an author isn't over. Last year, he and Michelle signed book deals worth at least $60 million.

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Michelle's memoir, "Becoming," was published in November 2018. While profits have yet to be disclosed, it sold more than 2 million copies during its first 15 days.

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She also sells 25 different items of merchandise related to the book, including mugs that retail for $20 and candles that retail for $35.

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Books aren't the Obamas' only foray into media they recently signed a production deal with Netflix, which is estimated to be $50 million, according to The New York Post.

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Since leaving office, Obama has also been paid as much as $400,000 for public speaking events.

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He reportedly earned $800,000 for two speeches to Northern Trust Corp. and the Carlyle Group and a minimum of $1.2 million for three talks to Wall Street firms in 2017.

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And Michelle is currently raking in $225,000 per speaking appearance.

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Tickets to her book tour stop at Barclay's Center in Brooklyn in December ranged from $307 to $4,070.

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All things considered, the Obamas could stand to earn as much as $242.5 million in their post-presidency life, American University estimated. But here's how they've spent their fortune so far ...

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The Obamas think long-term when it comes to their money. In 2007, Obama purchased Bright Directions age-based growth plans, each worth $50,000 to $100,000, to pay for Malia's and Sasha's college education. Malia started at Harvard last fall.

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The Obamas also made an investment in real estate. They needed a new place to live after leaving the White House, so they purchased an 8,200-square-foot mansion in Washington, DC, for $8.1 million after previously renting it.

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At the time of purchase, it was reportedly the second-most-expensive home in the neighborhood, right behind Jeff Bezos' former textile museum turned mansion.

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In addition to their residence in Washington, DC, the Obamas still own their home in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood that they bought for $1.65 million in 2005. They took out a $1.3 million mortgage on the home. It's valued at about $2.5 million.

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The Obamas have also enjoyed several vacations since leaving the White House. They first headed to Southern California and eventually made their way to Necker Island, where Obama was spotted kitesurfing with Richard Branson.

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Obama also visited his home state of Hawaii and the island of Tetiaroa in French Polynesia, where he checked into a luxury resort called The Brando. A night there in a one-bedroom villa can cost anywhere from $3,034 to $4,318.

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The Obamas have also been spotted on David Geffen's yacht with Oprah, Tom Hanks, and Bruce Springsteen; at a wine tasting in Tuscany; and river rafting in Indonesia.

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The General Services Administration is required to provide a former president with enough money to cover travel and business expenses, so it's hard to say how much of their own money the Obamas spent on their vacations.

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We do know wardrobe isn't included in the package of presidential benefits and perks.

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While Michelle has donned expensive designer clothes like pieces from Naeem Khan and a Versace gown worth an estimated $12,000 for special events as the first lady, she's also known for her casual, relatable style. She's often been spotted in affordable brands like J. Crew, Target, and Converse.

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Of course, she needs the perfect outfit for date night, which she and Barack always make time for. They couple was recently spotted attending a Beyonc and Jay-Z concert.

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Not all aspects of their lives are as lavish as their vacations. Michelle opts for a bag lunch, like turkey chili, over eating out, the former president's chief of staff told People magazine. And she's a regular at SoulCycle, which costs $36 a class or $900 for 30 classes.

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The Obamas also spend a significant amount of their money on philanthropy. From 2009 to 2015, they gave $1.1 million to charity, Forbes reported.

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During that time frame, they donated to charities focusing on African-American causes, veterans, disaster relief, homelessness and housing, and health. More than half of their donations went to organizations for children.

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Obama donated all the post-tax profits from his children's book, "Of Thee I Sing," to provide scholarships for children of wounded and fallen soldiers. The donations totaled $392,000 from 2009 to 2015.

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In 2015, Obama's penultimate year in office, the Obamas donated more than $64,000, or about 15% of their income, to 34 charities, Time reported, citing tax returns.

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But none of this includes Obama's biggest donation to date: his $1.4 million Nobel Peace Prize award in 2009, all of which he donated to multiple charities.

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