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Presidents with Franchise Connections

Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas
A Rangers game in Arlington,Texas.  photo by texas mustang

WASHINGTON—It's Presidents' Day. Time to look retrospectively at our Presidents. Two United States Presidents have had direct experience with franchises — our two latest. 

One owned one of the richest franchises in the country, and another worked in an ice cream franchise.

George W. Bush (2001-2008), $20 million. Born into a wealthy family with considerable political power, Bush made substantial sums of money in the oil business. But the largest contribution to his net worth was the profitable sale of the Texas Rangers franchise.

Baskin-Robbins King St.
Honolulu Baskin-Robbins where Obama worked. Photo/Pualani

Barack Hussein Obama (2008-present), $5 million. The grandson of a Washingtonian furniture salesman and a Kenyan goat herder, Obama is a former constitutional law professor and civil rights attorney. Book royalties constitute most of Obama's net worth. His first job was working at a Honolulu Baskin-Robbins franchise, scooping ice cream.

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