The US 2016 Presidential elections which is to be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, will be the 58th quadrennial presidential election of the country. The current president, Barrack Obama’s term will expire by 20th January, 2017 after which he will vacate the White House, having served the constitutionally allowed two-terms. The US Presidential elections is basically a keen contest between two major political parties – the Democrats and the Republicans, and if the approval ratings listed by Gallup during President Obama’s second term which is between 40 and 50 percent is anything to go by, it may mean that the pendulum of victory will swing to the side of the Democratic Party in the 2016 election.

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As at the time of this article, over 30 persons have declared their interest in running for the top political seat in the US by doing one or both of these: formally announced their candidacy for the presidential nomination within their party or filling as their party’s presidential candidate with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) (other than for exploratory purposes). But this article will focus on the 16 candidates who have so far declared in public, their intention to vie for the presidential seat, come 2016 on the platform of the two most vocal political parties in the US, which is the Democratic Party (4) and the Republican Party (12).

The Democratic National Convention, where a candidate will be selected to be the party’s flag-bearer at the presidential polls by party delegates will be held on the 25th – 28th of July, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania while the Republican Party will hold theirs in Cleveland, Ohio on the 18th – 21st of July, 2016. From Donald Trump to Hilary Clinton and Jeb Bush, Just how rich are these politicians? Check out how much each of the candidates are worth:

#16: Bernard Sanders

Birth Date: September 8, 1941 (73 years)

Party Affiliation: Democrat

Networth: $330,000

Bernie Sanders is a United States Senator from Vermont and the longest-serving independent in U.S. congressional history. Sanders was elected mayor of Burlington, in 1981. He served as a congressman for 16 years before being elected to succeed the retiring Republican-turned-independent Jim Jeffords in the U.S. Senate in 2006. In 2012, he was reelected by a large margin, capturing almost 71% of the popular vote.

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#15: Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton

Birth Date: October 26, 1947 (67 years)

Party Affiliation: Democrat

Networth: $50 million

Hillary Clinton is a native of Illinois. She was a leading candidate for the Democratic Party’s nomination to the 2008 presidential election which was won by President Barack Obama, in whose administration she served as Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013. This was after she served as a United States Senator representing New York from 2001 to 2009.

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#14: Lincoln Davenport Chafee

Birth Date: March 26, 1953 (62 years)

Party Affiliation: Democrat

Networth: $60 million

Lincoln Chafee is an American politician from Rhode Island who has served as the Mayor of Warwick (1992–1999), a U.S. Senator (1999–2007) and as the 74th Governor of Rhode Island (2011–2015).

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#13: Martin Joseph O’Malley

Birth Date: January 18, 1963 (52 years)

Party Affiliation: Democrat

Networth: Unknown

Martin O’Malley, who announced on May 30, 2015 that he is running for president in 2016, served as the 61st Governor of Maryland, from 2007 to 2015. Prior to being elected as Governor, he served as the Mayor of Baltimore from 1999 to 2007, having previously served as a Baltimore City Councilor from 1991 to 1999. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as the Chair of the Democratic Governors Association from 2011 to 2013.

#12: Marco Antonio Rubio

Birth Date: May 28, 1971 (44 years)

Party Affiliation: Republican

Worth: $443,000

Marco Rubio is a Cuban American and a native of Miami. In the late 1990s, he served as a City Commissioner for West Miami and was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2000, representing the 111th House district. He was elected Speaker in November 2006. Rubio won the general election in November 2010 and has been serving as the United States Senator from Florida, since January 2011.

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#11: Randal Howard Paul

Birth Date: January 7, 1963 (52 years)

Party Affiliation: Republican

Networth: $625,000

Rand Paul is a physician and Senator of the United States. He won the elections in 2011 to represent Kentucky, and has since served on a number of Senate committees. He is the son of former U.S. Representative Ron Paul of Texas.

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#10: Michael Dale Huckabee

Birth Date: August 24, 1955 (59 years)

Party Affiliation: Republican

Networth: $700,000

AP Photo/Jim Cole, File
AP Photo/Jim Cole, File

Mike Huckabee is an author of several best-selling books and former governor of Arkansas. He served as the 44th Governor of Arkansas from 1996 to 2007. He was a candidate in the 2008 United States Republican presidential primaries which he lost to John McCain.

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#9: George Elmer Pataki

Birth Date: June 24, 1945 (70 years)

Party Affiliation: Republican

Networth: $929,000

George Pataki is an American lawyer who served as the 53rd Governor of New York from 1995 to 2006. Pataki was a lawyer who was elected Mayor of his home town of Peekskill, before going on to be elected to State Assembly, then State Senate. In 1994, he ran for Governor against three-term incumbent and defeating him by over a three-point margin as part of the Republican Revolution of 1994. Pataki, would himself be elected to three consecutive terms, and was one of only three Republican governors of New York elected since 1923, the others being Thomas Dewey and Nelson Rockefeller.

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#8: John Ellis Bush

Birth Date: February 11, 1953 (62 years)

Party Affiliation: Republican

Networth:  $1.3 million

Jeb Bush is the second son of former President George H. W. Bush and the younger brother of former President George W. Bush. He served as the 43rd Governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007 and in the process became the first Republican to be elected for two consecutive terms as governor of Florida.

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#7: James Richard Perry

Birth Date: March 4, 1950 (65 years)

Party Affiliation: Republican

Networth: $1.3 million

AP Photo/Justin Hayworth
AP Photo/Justin Hayworth

Rick Perry served as the 47th Governor of Texas as a Republican politician from 2000 to 2015. He was elected Lieutenant Governor of Texas in 1998 and assumed the governorship in December 2000 when then-governor George W. Bush resigned to become President of the United States. Perry is the longest serving governor in Texas state history and is the fourth Texas governor to serve three terms.

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#6: Richard John Santorum

Birth Date: May 10, 1958 (57 years)

Party Affiliation: Republican

Networth: $1.4 million

Rick Santorum served as a United States Senator representing Pennsylvania from 1995 to 2007. He was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives to represent Pennsylvania’s 18th congressional district in 1990.

#5: Lindsey Olin Graham

Birth Date:  July 9, 1955 (59 years)

Party Affiliation: Republican

Networth: $1.5 million

Lindsey Graham was elected as United States Senator representing South Carolina since 2003. He previously served in the United States House of Representatives, representing South Carolina’s 3rd congressional district from 1995 to 2003. He  defeated Democratic opponent Alex Sanders in the general election in 2002 to win the Senate. Graham was re-elected to a second term in 2008 and a third term in 2014.

#4: Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz

Birth Date: December 22, 1970 (44 years)

Party Affiliation: Republican

Networth: $3 million

Ted Cruz is the  first Hispanic or Cuban American to serve as a U.S. Senator from Texas. He is one of the three Cuban Americans in the Senate; the others are fellow Republican Marco Rubio of Florida and Democrat Bob Menendez of New Jersey.

#3: Benjamin Solomon Carson

Birth Date: September 18, 1951 (63 years)

Party Affiliation: Republican

Networth: $27 million

Ben Carson is a globally renowned author and retired neurosurgeon. He was the first surgeon to successfully separate conjoined twins joined at the head. In 2008 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush. He has not held any political office previously.

#2: Carly Fiorina

Birth Date: September 6, 1954 (60 years)

Party Affiliation: Republican

Networth: $80 million

Carly Fiorina is the current chairperson of Good360. She boasts of a executive career that has spanned decades. Starting in 1980, Fiorina rose through the ranks to become an executive at AT&T and as chief executive officer of Hewlett-Packard (HP) from 1999 to 2005, she was the first woman to lead one of the top twenty U.S. companies. Her business acumen enabled her in 2002 to undertake the biggest high-tech merger in history with Compaq, which made HP the world’s largest personal computer manufacturer. She later resigned as chief executive officer and chairman on February 9, 2005.

#1: Donald John Trump

Birth Date: June 14, 1946 (69 years)

Party Affiliation: Republican

Networth: $8.8 billion

Donald Trump is a business magnate, investor, television personality, and author. He is the chairman and president of The Trump Organization. In 2010, Trump expressed an interest to run for President of the United States in the 2012 election, but in May 2011, he announced he would not run anymore. However, on June 16, 2015, Trump formally announced his candidacy for President of the United States in the 2016 election.