Barack Obama gets flooded with beautiful birthday messages on Twitter

It’s Barack Obama’s special day! And folks on Twitter made a big noise about the former president turning 57 on Saturday.

The social media platform was flooded with uplifting and positive messages as celebrities, journalists, political leaders, sports stars, activists and countless others wished him well.

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How the Obamas spend their fortune

The Obamas entered the White House with a $1.3 million net worth back in 2008. It has since grown to an estimated $40 million.

Sources: American University, CNN Money, GoBankingRates

From 2005 (when 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's income from her job at University of Chicago Hospitals before she became first lady.

Source: Forbes

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

Source: GoBankingRates

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

Source: Forbes

But Obama's lucrative career as an author isn't over. He and Michelle each signed book deals in 2017 worth at least $60 million.

Source: Business Insider

Books aren't the Obamas' only foray into media. They recently signed a production deal with Netflix. While financial details haven't been released, The New York Times reported that previous similar deals were worth tens of millions of dollars.

Source: The New York Times

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

Source: CNBC

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

Source: American University

The Obamas think long-term when it comes to their money. In 2007, Obama purchased Bright Directions Age-Based Growth Plans, each worth between $50,000 and $100,000, to pay for Malia and Sasha's college education. Malia started at Harvard in Fall 2017.

Source: Business Insider

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.

Source: The Washington Post

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

Source: The Washington Post

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

Source: Chicago Tribune, Cook County Assessor , Cook Country Record of Deeds

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.

Sources: Business Insider TIME

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

Source: TIME, The Brando

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

Sources: Business Insider TIME

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.

Source: Business Insider

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

Source: Business Insider

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

Source: The New York Times Business Insider

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 Beyoncé and Jay-Z concert.

Source: Business Insider

Not all aspects of their life 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. And she's a regular at Soul Cycle, which costs $36 a class or $900 for 30 classes.

Source: People

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

Source: Forbes

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

Source: Forbes

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

Source: Forbes

In 2015, Obama's penultimate year in office, they donated more than $64,000 to 30-plus charities, which was about 15% of their income, according to tax returns reviewed by TIME.

Source: TIME

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.

Source: Business Insider


Joe Biden, Obama’s vice president, led the way with this sweet message:

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