Donald Trump Net Worth: Richest President Ever

As of 12/13/16, the Donald Trump net worth total of $5.4 billion comes from numerous holdings in hotels, casinos, golf resorts and other properties. Trump has said his net worth is a much higher $10 billion. Why the $5 billion difference? It comes down to disputed values for Trump’s brand and several individual properties.

Trump inherited an estimated $60 million from his father in 1999. He has turned that fortune into a multi-billion dollar empire, though many dispute Trump’s own valuation of his worth. Trump claims the value of his brand at over $3 billion, while many in the media say it’s worth far less. Further, Trump’s official disclosure documents are vague, since the U.S. government only requires that candidates disclose the exact value of assets worth less than $50 million.

Donald Trump Net Worth Facts

Donald Trump Net Worth Facts
Donald Trump net worth $5.4 billion (2016 calculated estimate)
Donald Trump net worth according to Donald Trump $8.7 billion to $10 billion
Donald Trump net worth vs Hillary Clinton net worth 132 times larger
Donald Trump net worth vs Bill and Hillary Clinton net worth combined 37 times larger
Donald Trump net worth vs Bernie Sanders net worth 7,765 times larger
Donald Trump net worth vs Jeb Bush net worth 195 times larger
Donald Trump net worth vs Barack Obama net worth1,524 times larger
Donald Trump net worth vs John Kerry net worth27 times larger
Donald Trump net worth vs median U.S. household net worth 60,294 times larger
Donald Trump net worth vs Bill Gates net worth 20 times smaller

The Donald Trump net worth figure of $5.4 billion is about half as big as Trump claims. Even so, it dwarfs the wealth of all but a very few people on Earth. Trump’s net worth is 132 times bigger than Hillary Clinton’s net worth of $32 million. It’s 37 times larger than the combined Bill and Hillary Clinton net worth sum of $111 million and 7,765 times bigger than Bernie Sanders’ net worth of $560,000. Trump’s net worth is 195 times bigger than Jeb Bush’s net worth of $22 million and 1,524 times bigger than Barack Obama’s net worth of $3.2 million. Bill Gates’ net worth is $80 billion. That’s 20 times bigger than Trump’s net worth.

Donald Trump Net Worth Timeline

Donald Trump Net Worth by Year
Donald Trump net worth 2007$1,400,000,000
Donald Trump net worth 2008$1,500,000,000
Donald Trump net worth 2009$1,600,000,000
Donald Trump net worth 2010$2,000,000,000
Donald Trump net worth 2011$2,000,000,000
Donald Trump net worth 2012$2,900,000,000
Donald Trump net worth 2013$2,900,000,000
Donald Trump net worth 2014$2,900,000,000
Donald Trump net worth 2015$4,500,000,000
Donald Trump net worth 2016$5,400,000,000

The Donald Trump Net Worth Story

The Donald Trump net worth story began in 1999 when Trump’s father died. Trump inherited part of his father’s fortune estimated at $60 million. From that point forward Trump engaged in a series of business deals, with some failing but ultimately adding up to overall success.

The numbers for Trump’s net worth published online are sketchy and range all over the fiscal map, reaching as high as $10 billion in 2016 and as low as $800 million in 2007. Based on our research, Trump’s wealth had grown to $1.4 million by 2007. He reached the $2 billion mark in 2010 and had hit $4.5 billion by 2015.

Donald Trump Net Worth Breakdown

Donald Trump Net Worth Sources: Hotels, Casinos, Golf Resorts

The Donald Trump net worth sum gets most of its steam from properties owned by the businessman. The top-level view of Trump’s assets and debts is shown in the table below. Trump owns between $4 billion and $4.8 billion in assets like real estate and companies. He owns another $60 million to $172 million in stocks, bonds and other liquid assets. His brand is valued at $663 million based on annual income and branded deals.

Donald Trump Net Worth
MinMax
Employment Assets (Property, companies)$4,004,402,120$4,810,005,000$4,407,203,560
Other Assets (Stocks, etc.)$60,743,231$172,601,125$116,672,178
Trump Brand$633,633,075$633,633,075$633,633,075
Real Estate Appreciation Since June 2015 at 20%$800,880,424$962,001,000$881,440,712
Trump Income 2016 (after tax and estimated operating costs)$102,720,800$102,720,800$102,720,800
Liabilities$315,350,011$1,169,750,000$742,550,006
Total Donald Trump Net Worth$4,432,629,650$6,365,610,989
Average Donald Trump Net Worth$5,399,120,320

Donald Trump Net Worth Assets: $6.1 Billion

Trump Net Worth Assets Doral

A screenshot from Trump’s Doral Golf Club in Florida.

Assets totaling $6.1 billion contribute to the Trump net worth sum. That’s $4.4 billion in hotels, golf resorts, businesses and other property, plus $116 million in financial investments and $663 million for Trump’s brand.

Trump’s disclosure documents list 170 “employment assets” and 326 “other assets.” Of those, 23 are listed as simply, “over $50 million.” Trump Tower in New York is one of these, but estimates place its real value at $470 million. The Trump National Doral Golf Resort in Miami is another “over $50 million” property that has a real value of about $300 million.

Donald Trump's Assets
AssetValue
40 Wall Street LLC$475,000,000
401 North Venture Wabash LLC$51,500,000
DJT Operations (Trump Aircraft)$50,000,000
Fifty-Seventh Street Associates LLC$50,000,000
Trump National Golf Club - Jupiter$200,000,000
Trump National Golf Club - Bedminster$50,000,000
Mar-a-Lago Club LLC$290,000,000
Seven Springs LLC$50,000,000
Trump Turnberry (Golf resort in Scotland)$100,000,000
The Trump Corporation$50,000,000
Trump CPS LLC 61$37,500,000
Trump National Doral (Golf resort)$300,000,000
Trump International Golf Links - Scotland$50,000,000
Trump International Golf Links - Florida 70$37,500,000
Trump National Golf Club - Colts Neck$50,000,000
Trump National Golf Club - Westchester$50,000,000
Trump National Golf Club - Washington DC$200,000,000
Trump Old Post Office LLC$125,000,000
Trump Park Avenue LLC$145,000,000
Trump Plaza LLC 100$37,500,001
Trump Ruffin Tower I LLC (This number is Trump's 50% of this property)$87,000,000
Trump Tower Commercial LLC$470,000,000
Trump National Golf Club - Los Angeles$150,000,000
HWA 555 Owners LLC$160,000,000
1290 Avenue of the Americas NY$695,000,000
4% partnership interest in Starret City Associates 122$37,500,000
Trump Tower Triplex$70,000,000
Other Trump Properties$338,703,560
Total Trump Asset Value$4,407,203,560

Other Assets Adding to Trump Net Worth: $155 Million

The table above shows just the average of all “employment assets” in the Trump net worth data. That includes all Trump’s real property like Trump Tower in New York, 40 Wall Street, Trump International Hotel in Chicago, the Mar a Lago Golf Club in Florida and so on. What it doesn’t include is “other assets” like bank accounts or stocks and bonds. Those are easier to figure, since Trump lists 362 of them and none are over $50 million.

Trump has a minimum “other asset” value of $78 million and a max of $232 million. That’s an average of $155 million in “other assets.”

Donald Trump Net Worth from "Other Assets"
MinMax
Total Trump Other Assets$60,743,231$172,601,125
Average Trump "Other Asset" Value$116,672,178

Donald Trump net worth brand

The Donald Trump Brand: $663 Million

There’s one more asset in the Donald Trump net worth calculations: Trump’s brand. This is difficult to calculate because it can be worth whatever Trump says it is, at least for disclosure purposes.

The Donald Trump brand is unquestionably worth something. A failing golf resort that adopts the Trump name can suddenly turn a profit of $50 million a year. Golfers trust the Trump name, and Trump works hard to see that they continue to. Knowing that, Trump has successfully sold licenses to use his name on golf resorts around the world. Adding up the income from all Trump’s licensing and branding deals, we get a total of $36 million to $90 million per year.

$63 Million Per Year from Trump Branded Activities

Averaging the two max and min figures above gives licensing income of $63 million per year adding to the Trump net worth story. One way of valuing an asset is by figuring its total potential earnings for the next ten years. Doing this with Trump’s brand gives it total value of $663 million. That’s a far cry from the figure of $3.3 billion Trump puts on it himself, but it’s more than many news outlets assign to it.

Donald Trump Net Worth Debts

15 debts subtract from the Donald Trump net worth figures according to Trump’s federal disclosures. Four of those are listed as “Over $50 million.” The four debts over $50 million are for Trump Tower, 40 Wall Street, Trump National Doral and Trump International Hotel in Chicago. All the numbers on Trump’s debts are in the table below. The debts have a minimum possible value of $315 million and a max value of about $1.1 billion. The average of the min and max comes to $742 million.

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Donald Trump Annual Income and Growth

Annual revenue of $467 million adds to the Trump net worth number. After taxes and operating costs, that likely shaves down to around $102 million a year. Trump has also said his net worth grew by over $1 billion from 2014 to 2015, thanks to improvements in the real estate market.

Donald Trump Net Worth Calculations

Trump speaking fee moneyTrump is worth a minimum of $4.4 billion and a max of $6.3 billion. Taking the average of those gives a final net worth figure of $5.4 billion. Why then does Trump claim $10 billion? In the first place, Trump values his brand at $3 billion.

Is Trump lying? Can simply being Donald Trump earn him an extra $300 million a year over the next ten years? If so, then yes, an argument can be made that Trump’s brand is worth $3 billion. However, if we take net worth to mean “how much does he really own right now,” the number is more like the $5.4 billion in our detailed estimate.

Donald Trump Net Worth: What Does it Mean Politically?

One person has said the Donald Trump net worth amount will make him a good president: Donald Trump. His stated reasoning is that if the goal is to make the country rich, then the best leader is someone who knows how to make himself rich.

Trump’s critics claim that Trump’s high net worth means he’s out of touch with the financial concerns of the average American. They also point to Trump’s somewhat malleable net worth (somewhere between $4 billion and $10 billion) as evidence he lacks integrity and will say and do anything to get what he wants. The Trump net worth debate is likely to rage on into the future.

Didn’t Trump Inherit all his Money and Didn’t he Go Bankrupt?

donald trump net worth incomeTrump’s father left him an estimated $60 million. That’s a lot of money, but to say the Trump net worth fortune was inherited smudges the truth. Many people inherit millions and wind up with a lot less only a few years later. Even if Trump’s net worth is the minimum possible of $4.4 billion, that still means he grew his holdings to over 74 times their original size.

Almost nobody gets that kind of return unless they really know what they’re doing. As far as bankruptcy, Chapter 11 is generally used in business as a debt restructuring tool. The business stays afloat and its creditors must renegotiate the terms of the debt. Trump has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy a total of four times for different businesses. In two of those cases a small percentage of his own personal assets were involved and in the other two they weren’t.

As of 12/13/16, Donald Trump has picked a cabinet that, according to some media outlets, has a combined net worth of $14 billion.