Nation: Reagan's Money Machine

It keeps humming so that he can keep running

When Ronald Reagan arrived in Hollywood in 1937, he had only a few dollars in his pocket and a $200-a-week contract with Warner Bros. In the course of making more than 50 films, Reagan earned and spent a lot of money, but ended up with relatively little saved. Yet today the presumptive G.O.P. presidential nominee is a millionaire, with a net worth of at least $2 million and possibly as much as $4 million.

The figure is imprecise because Reagan has shrouded his personal finances in...

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