Trump’s fortune drops $800m in one year

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump addresses a campaign event at Fredericksburg Expo Center August 20, 2016, in Fredericksburg, Virginia. / AFP PHOTO / MOLLY RILEY
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“Part of the beauty of me is that I’m very rich,” Donald Trump once said, but according to ‘Forbes’ magazine he’s much less rich than a year ago.

The business magazine has reappraised the Republican White House hopeful’s personal wealth and found it has haemorrhaged $800m since 2015.

Forbes now estimates the real estate magnate’s net worth at $3.7bn (£2.7bn).

The publication said the decrease was mainly due to the “softening” of the New York property market.

Trump, who once wrote a book called ‘Midas Touch’, has said the country needs a dealmaker-in-chief in the White House.

At Monday’s presidential debate, he said: “I have a tremendous income … it’s about time that this country had somebody running it that has an idea about money.”

So how did he lose $800m?

Forbes, which has been counting Trump’s wealth for more than three decades, cites the decline of the New York retail and office real estate market for the slump in his wealth.

Of the 28 buildings that Forbes assessed, 18 declined in value, including his flagship Trump Tower on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue.

His property at 40 Wall Street and Mar-a-Lago, his private club in Palm Beach, Florida, also lost value, according to Forbes.

But seven Trump properties, including San Francisco’s second-tallest tallest building, increased in value.

How much has his campaign cost him?

A central tenet of Trump’s candidacy has been that his ability to fund his own White House run meant he was not beholden – like his rivals – to major donors.

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He has invested about $50m of his own money so far in his presidential bid, but has clawed some of that back by, for example, locating his offices in Trump Tower and billing his campaign for rent.

‘Forbes’ estimates his controversial remarks about Mexican immigrants during his campaign launch cost him about another $100m in lost deals with ‘NBC Universal’, ‘Univision’ and ‘Macy’s’, among others.

What’s he really worth?

This is the great unknown. When Trump filed his financial disclosure with the Federal Election Commission this year his campaign said he was worth “in excess of TEN BILLION DOLLARS”.

But ‘Forbes’ says he is worth $3.7bn, ‘Bloomberg’ puts it at $3bn and ‘Fortune’ says it’s $3.9bn.

One reason for the discrepancy is that Trump counts the value of his brand – by his own estimate worth some $3.3bn, reports the BBC.

Critics also accuse him of routinely overstating his income by conflating business revenue and income.


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