Former president Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama are hosting three virtual graduation events for the millions of students who had their graduation cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The first two events, on May 16, celebrated graduates of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and high school students in collaboration with the LeBron James Family Foundation. The last event, on June 6, will feature the Obamas and a star-studded cast of other political figures and celebrities hosted in partnership with YouTube. The Obamas are a busy couple, even when they’re not giving virtual commencement speeches. 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 bestselling book. These endeavours – along with the six-figure pension all former presidents receive – have significantly contributed to the Obamas’ net worth, which was at least US$40 million, according to a 2018 GoBankingRates estimate. But the New York Post recently pegged their fortune much higher, at US$135 million. Jack Ma vs Mukesh Ambani – who’s the richest man in Asia now? From philanthropic efforts to holidaying 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 US$1.3 million net worth in 2008. That has since grown to at least US$40 million, according to a 2018 estimation. From 2005 (when Barack Obama joined the US Senate) to 2016, the Obamas earned a total of US$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. View this post on Instagram A post shared by The Bookshelf Beckons (@thebookshelfbeckons) on Apr 25, 2020 at 4:02pm PDT Obama earned US$400,000 a year during his eight years as president, and he earns an annual pension of about US$200,000 as a former president. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Sarah (@asarahcarter) on May 9, 2019 at 9:56am PDT The lion’s share of the Obamas’ fortune came from books. From 2005 to 2016, Obama earned US$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. But Barack’s lucrative career as an author isn’t over. In 2017, he and Michelle signed book deals worth at least US$60 million. Revealed: Thailand’s 5 richest billionaires … after King Rama X, of course View this post on Instagram A post shared by amy|bookstagram|book reviewer (@readwellreviews) on May 11, 2020 at 5:24am PDT Michelle's memoir, Becoming , was published in November 2018. As of March 2019, it had sold almost 10 million copies. She’s also sold 25 different items of merchandise related to the book, including mugs that retail for US$20 and candles that retail for US$35. Books aren’t the Obamas’ only foray into media – in 2018 they signed a production deal with Netflix, which is estimated to be US$50 million, according to the New York Post . That includes a documentary film, Becoming , accompanying Michelle’s memoir. It released on May 6, 2020. Since leaving office, Obama has been paid as much as US$400,000 for public speaking events. He reportedly earned US$800,000 for two speeches to Northern Trust and the Carlyle Group and a minimum of US$1.2 million for three talks to Wall Street firms in 2017. Who are South Korea’s 5 richest billionaires? And Michelle reportedly rakes in US$225,000 per speaking appearance. Tickets to her 2018 book tour stop at Barclays Center in New York ranged from US$307 to US$4,070. All things considered, the Obamas could earn US$242.5 million in their post-presidency life, American University estimated. Here’s how they’ve spent their fortune so far … View this post on Instagram A post shared by Michelle Obama Fans (@michelle.fans.obama) on May 9, 2020 at 9:08am PDT The Obamas think long-term when it comes to their money. In 2007, Obama bought Bright Directions age-based growth plans, each worth US$50,000 to US$100,000, to pay for Malia’s and Sasha’s college education. Malia started at Harvard in autumn 2017, while Sasha started at the University of Michigan in autumn 2019. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Michelle Family (@michelle.obama.fans3) on May 11, 2020 at 4:19am PDT The Obamas also made an investment in real estate. They needed a new place to live after leaving the White House, so they bought an 8,200-square-foot mansion in Washington, DC, for US$8.1 million after previously renting it. At the time of purchase, it was reportedly the second-most-expensive home in the neighbourhood, right behind Jeff Bezos’ former textile museum turned mansion. Who are the 15 richest women in the US? In addition to their residence in Washington, DC, the Obamas still own their home in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighbourhood that they bought for US$1.65 million in 2005. They took out a US$1.3 million mortgage on the home. It’s valued at US$2.5 million. In late 2019, the Obamas reportedly bought a 6,892-square-foot house on Martha’s Vineyard for US$11.75 million. According to the report from the Vineyard Gazette , it sits on nearly 30 acres overlooking the Edgartown Great Pond. View this post on Instagram A post shared by michelle family (@michelle.family_) on Apr 29, 2020 at 4:31am PDT The Obamas have also enjoyed several holidays since leaving the White House. They first headed to Southern California and eventually made their way to Necker Island, where Obama was seen kitesurfing with Richard Branson. View this post on Instagram A post shared by The Brando (@thebrandoresort) on Feb 9, 2020 at 7:51am PST 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 US$3,034 to US$4,318. Who are the 15 youngest billionaires in America, and which is the richest? The Obamas have also been spotted on American business magnate David Geffen’s yacht with Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks and Bruce Springsteen; at a wine tasting in Tuscany; and river rafting in Indonesia. 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 holidays. We do know the wardrobe isn’t included in the package of presidential benefits and perks. While Michelle has donned expensive designer clothes like pieces from Naeem Khan and a Versace gown worth an estimated US$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. Of course, she needs the perfect outfit for date night, which she and Barack always make time for. The couple was once spotted attending a Beyoncé and Jay-Z concert. Not all aspects of their lives are as lavish as their holidays. Michelle opts for a bag lunch, like turkey chilli, over eating out, the former president’s chief of staff told People magazine in 2017. And she’s a regular at SoulCycle, which costs US$36 a class or US$900 for 30 classes. The Obamas also spend a significant amount on philanthropy. From 2009 to 2015, they gave US$1.1 million to charity, Forbes reported. 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 organisations for children. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Christina Hanson (@hansonhallway) on Feb 23, 2019 at 12:13pm PST 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 totalled US$392,000 from 2009 to 2015. In 2015, Obama’s penultimate year in office, the Obamas donated more than US$64,000, or about 15 per cent of their income, to 34 charities, Time reported, citing tax returns. None of this includes Obama’s biggest donation to date: his US$1.4 million Nobel Peace Prize award in 2009, all of which he donated to multiple charities. Want more stories like this? Sign up here . Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter . This article originally appeared on Business Insider . Help us understand what you are interested in so that we can improve SCMP and provide a better experience for you. We would like to invite you to take this five-minute survey on how you engage with SCMP and the news.