You Won’t Believe How Much the Richest Member of the Kennedy Family Is Worth Today

The Kennedy family has been called America’s royalty. They’re also fabulously rich: Patriarch Joe Kennedy Sr. made his 20th-century fortune in real estate and insider trading. Protected by a web of trusts and tax strategies, the clan now spans around 30 family members. Kennedys have held nearly every political position possible from city councilman to U.S. president.
Here we’ll take a look at the net worth of individual members of the family. See how Jackie Kennedy earned money after college (page 3) and who is the richest Kennedy alive today (page 12). You’ll also see how some of the younger Kennedys are — and aren’t — keeping with traditional Kennedy careers.

1. Joseph Kennedy Sr.

Josephe P. Kennedy Waving at press
The real estate tycoon was insanely wealthy. | J. A. Hampton/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images
  • 1888-1969
  • Net worth: Up to $400 million

Joseph “Joe” Kennedy Sr. invested heavily in Manhattan real estate where he earned more than $100 million. He also amassed a fortune in liquor, B-grade Hollywood movies, oil and gas, and insider trading. He and wife Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy had nine children.
In 1945, the patriarch bought the Merchandise Mart in Chicago for just $12.5 million. (It had cost $30 million to build.) The family went on to sell it in 1998 for $625 million.
Next: The president of the United States

2. John Fitzgerald Kennedy

President John F. Kennedy
The most famous of the Kennedy’s. | National Archive/Newsmakers/Getty Images
  • 1917-1963
  • Net worth: $100 million

John F. Kennedy, the second child of Joe and Rose, served in World War II. He then was a U.S. Congressman from 1947-1961, after which he became the 35th president of the United States in 1961.
John and wife Jacqueline Kennedy had two children, Caroline and John Jr. (as well as a stillborn daughter and son Patrick who died two days after birth). The president was assassinated in 1963 in Dallas at the age of 46.
Next: JFK’s wife

3. Jacqueline Kennedy

President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy
The former first lady is wildly rich. | National Archive/Newsmakers/Getty Images
  • 1929-1994
  • Net worth: $50 million

Jacqueline “Jackie” Bouvier married John F. Kennedy in 1953. After earning a Bachelor’s degree in French literature, she worked as a newspaper photographer and also devoted much of her life to the arts.
In 1968, five years after the president was assassinated, Jackie married Aristotle Onassis. After his death in 1975, she inherited $26 million.
Next: Fourth longest-serving senator

4. Edward “Ted” Kennedy

Edward 'Ted' Kennedy
He passed away in 2009. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
  • 1932-2009
  • Net worth: $49 million

Ted Kennedy was the youngest child of Joe Sr. and Rose. He served in the U.S. Senate for 47 years until he died in 2009. He earned $165,200 per year in that role. Along with his siblings, he also had a trust set up in his name by his parents Joe Sr. and Rose.
Ted was involved in a notorious accident off Chappaquiddick Island in 1969, in which his companion Mary Jo Kopechne drowned. He was later convicted of leaving the scene of the crash. His political career survived, nevertheless.
Next: RFK’s wife

5. Ethel Kennedy

Ethel Kennedy Attends 30th Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award Ceremony
She is a devout Catholic. | Drew Angerer/Getty Images
  • Age: 90
  • Net worth: $50 million

Ethel Kennedy supported her husband Robert Kennedy Sr.’s political career, including a successful U.S. Senate campaign. When he was assassinated in 1968, the two had 10 kids and an 11th on the way. A devout Catholic, she stuck by her statement that she would never remarry; although she did spend some quality time with singer and family friend Andy Williams.
Next: A Kennedy by another name

6. Maria Shriver

Maria Shriver at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel
She is JFK’s niece. | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images
  • Age: 62
  • Net worth: $100 million

Maria Shriver may be best known as the former wife of former actor-turned-politician Arnold Schwarzenegger. However, she’s a Kennedy too: Her mother Eunice was the sister of John F. Kennedy, making her his niece. She’s worked as a news anchor and journalist. She served as the first lady of California from 2003-2011.
Shriver and Schwarzenegger have four children together. Their marriage ended in divorce when she discovered he’d fathered a child with their housekeeper.
Next: A Kennedy who said no to political life

7. Robert Kennedy Jr.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. attends Keep it Clean
He teaches environmental law. | John Sciulli/Getty Images for Waterkeeper Alliance
  • Age: 64
  • Net worth: $50 million

Robert Kennedy Jr. is the third child of Bobby and Ethel Kennedy. He has a law degree and has considered but decided not to run for political office. He’s been a professor of environmental law for more than 30 years at Pace University School of Law in New York. He’s also been supervising attorney of the law school’s Environmental Litigation Clinic.
Next: She wrote a book on being Catholic.

8. Kerry Kennedy

Kerry Kennedy attends The New York Times Food For Tomorrow Conference
She works to stand up against oppression. | Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for the New York Times
  • Age: 58
  • Net worth: $10 million

Kerry Kennedy is the seventh child of Bobby and Ethel. She founded the human rights organization Speak Truth to Power, which honors authors and journalists who stand up to oppression. She has led human rights efforts in El Salvador, Kenya, and other countries.
In addition, she wrote a book called Being Catholic Now: Prominent Americans talk About Change in the Church and the Quest for Meaning. She was married to Andrew Cuomo, and they have three daughters together.
Next: One who ran for governor in 2018

9. Christopher Kennedy

Chris Kennedy speaking to public
He wouldn’t reveal his net worth during the campaign. | Chris Kennedy via Facebook
  • Age: 54
  • Estimated net worth: More than $40 million

Christopher Kennedy, the eighth child of Robert and Ethel Kennedy, is the former boss of his family’s Merchandise Mart in Chicago. He oversees the family investment firm and unsuccessfully ran in the Illinois gubernatorial primary in 2018 as a Democrat.
During his campaign, he would not reveal his net worth, but the Chicago Tribune estimated it as more than $40 million. Forms he filed showed he and his wife earned more than $1.2 million in 2016.
Next: RFK’s youngest child

10. Rory Kennedy

Rory Kennedy, director/producer/narrator from 'Above and Beyond: NASA’s Journey to Tomorrow' onstage
She is a documentary filmmaker. | Amanda Edwards/Getty Images for Discovery
  • Age: 49
  • Net worth: $10 million

Rory is the youngest child of Bobby and Ethel. She’s an award-winning documentary filmmaker focusing on social issues like nuclear radiation, the Mexican border, addiction, AIDS, and rural poverty. She’s earned most of her net worth through filmmaking, reports Net Worth Post. She lives in New York with her husband and two daughters.
Next: An icon who died a tragic death

11. John F. Kennedy Jr.

John F Kennedy Jr and Carolyn Bessette
He died in a plane crash with his wife. | George De Sota/Liaison/Getty Images
  • 1960-1999
  • Estimated net worth: Up to $100 million

When John F. Kennedy Jr. died in a 1999 plane crash along with wife Carolyn Bessette and her sister Lauren Bessette, he left his personal property to his sister Caroline Kennedy’s three children. He also left money from a multimillion-dollar trust to family, friends, and charities.
The son of John and Jackie Kennedy, John Jr. earned a law degree and worked as a prosecutor in the Manhattan district attorney’s office. He went on to work as a journalist and found the now-defunct George, a glossy magazine covering politics and lifestyle issues.
Next: The richest Kennedy alive

12. Caroline Kennedy

 Caroline Kennedy
She disclosed her assets in order to be ambassador to Japan. | Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images
  • Age: 60
  • Net worth: $250 million

Caroline Kennedy is the daughter of John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy. While her wealth was closely guarded for decades, she disclosed her assets in 2013 after President Barak Obama nominated her as ambassador to Japan.
Forbes listed Caroline as likely the wealthiest member of the Kennedy family. She inherited the estates of her mother Jackie and brother John Jr. after their respective deaths in 1994 and 1999. The biggest source of her income is a trust established by her grandfather Joe.
Next: A younger Kennedy following in his dad’s footsteps

13. Joseph P. Kennedy III

Josephe P. Kennedy III at the Democratic National Convention
He followed in his father’s footsteps. | Alex Wong/Getty Images
  • Age: 37
  • Estimated net worth: Up to $43 million

Joseph Kennedy III is the grandson of Bobby Kennedy and son of former U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II. Like many in the Kennedy family, he earned a law degree. Following in his father’s footsteps, he has served as a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts since 2013.
He also served in the Peace Corps for two years and is married with two children. He is one of the richest people in Congress.
Next: Great niece of JFK

14. Katherine Schwarzenegger

Author Katherine Schwarzenegger attends the premiere of The Orchard's 'DIOR & I' at LACMA on April 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.
She has written books and made TV appearances. | Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images
  • Age: 28
  • Estimated net worth: $1.75 million

As daughter of Maria Shriver, Katherine Schwarzenegger is a great niece of John F. Kennedy. She majored in Communications and has written books on body image and fostering dogs. She’s made numerous TV appearances including on Rachael Ray, Entertainment Today, Late Night with Seth Meyer, and the Megyn Kelly Show.
Next: A younger Kennedy is a musician.

15. Conor Kennedy

He may be best known for dating Taylor Swift. | Jason Kempin/Getty Images
  • Age: 23
  • Net worth: $10 million

Conor Kennedy is the first child of Robert Kennedy Jr. and his second wife, Mary Kennedy. A songwriter and musician, he lives in New York. He participated in a Keystone Pipeline protest and has gone on whale research excavations.
The socialite is known for dating Taylor Swift back in 2012. He was arrested in 2016 after a bar fight in Aspen, Colorado. He was said to be defending a gay friend from a homophobic slur.
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