Donald Trump has reached baller status. There’s no other way to put it. High risk, high reward. That is essentially the condensed version of Trump. He made billions (we don’t exactly know how much, but Trump claims it is much higher than Forbes’ estimate of $4.5 billion) by investing in and developing a bunch of properties in the Manhattan region which could have, and almost did, go t*ts up (Donald would probably enjoy that expression, don’t you think?).
Of course, although Trump won’t like to admit that all of it was possible via his father’s loans (we will get into that later), Trump does seem to have a knack for turning one million into ten million. Also, we have a few spoilers. First, prepare yourself for a lot of gold. Like, a LOT. Spoiler #2: for all of the Trump supporters out there, there are a few cracks at Trump’s faux tan, but know that we did our best to resist them as much as possible. Give us credit.
So, For all intents and purposes, let’s take a look at the billions Trump is rolling in. Especially including all of his fancy toys (Melania Trump not included).
15. Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren – $445K
Obviously, this is not the most expensive thing Donald Trump owns, but we didn’t want to bore you with a list of skyscrapers that are basically all the same anyway. We assumed you would much rather hear about Trump’s luxury cars instead. Indeed, Trump’s wheels are pretty impressive. He owns at least five of the best, most expensive cars around, including this 2003 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren. He’s also got a 1997 Lamborghini Diablo VT, a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Indianapolis 500 Pace Car and a couple of Rolls-Royces for good measure. When the McLaren was first introduced on the market, it came with a price tag of $445,000. Presumably, the car would be worth less now, but when Mercedes came out with this, it was one of the best of its time. It was a very powerful car, just like all of Trump’s toys.
14. Rolls-Royce Phantom – Over $500K
This is the second Rolls-Royce for Donald Trump. He also has a 1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud, one of the oldest in his collection. You know that Trump has to have the top of line toys and the Roll Royce Phantom is no exception. Indeed, the car was born in an effort to create “the Best Car in the World” and riding in one is supposed to feel like you’re riding on a magic carpet, Aladdin style. According to the Rolls-Royce website, this particular car “encapsulates contemporary luxury,” which suits Trump to a tee. The Phantom can also be personalized to the smallest of details, so with Trump’s love for gold, we imagine his car is probably lined with it – who knows how much the car is actually worth considering the car starts at $500,000. We can assume that it is easily a small fortune.
13. Sikorsky S-76 – $7M
Kids and adults love toys just as much, which is why we’ve dedicated a post to Donald Trump’s helicopter alone, although we will get to the rest of his impressive aircraft collection a little later on. Lifestyles of the rich and famous, right? This particular chopper has received a lot of attention and was even featured in CNBC’s Secret Lives of The Super Rich in an episode aptly titled “P*mp My Chopper.” Trump has three helicopters in total, but this one, the Sikorsky S-76, is the best kind of helicopter you can get. Trump even hired a fancy-pants designer to remodel the entire helicopter in 24-Karat gold, which, as you will see, is not a surprise. Trump loves gold. The helicopter also has TRUMP in big bold letters on the side. It was estimated he spent an extra $750,000 – at least – to remodel it.
12. Furniture, Coffee and Menswear Companies – $14M
Donald Trump has a lot of side deals that fall under the umbrella of The Trump Organization, but that are separate from the real estate side of things. They are rather quirky business ventures and include a mention simply because they illustrate how far Trump’s brand extends, even if they aren’t among Trump’s most profitable business ventures. These licensing deals, wherein Trump gives his permission for companies to slap TRUMP all over them and call it a day, signal luxury and quality, and have put roughly $14 million in his pocket. He’s got Trump Home, which includes furniture that is “hand-crafted to perfection” (oh, we will resist the small hands jokes that this so readily brings to mind), coffee called Select By Trump, Trump Natural Spring Water and Trump Fragrance, to name but a few. Then there’s the Donald J. Trump Collection, a line of menswear. Out of Christmas stocking ideas this year? There’s one right there.
11. Aircraft Collection – $35M
One Boeing 757 airplane, a Cessna 750 citation and three helicopters, Trump gets around like a baller. The Boeing has multiple bedrooms with pillows that have the family crest on them, while the master bedroom has an entertainment system and a master bath with a 24-karat gold sink. The plane has a main lounge, a dining room and a private guest room. While the plane is older, Trump said that, “Buying a 25-year-old 757 is like buying a bag of Cheetos. It’s a lot of food for a low price.” You can see the plane in all of its glory on Trump’s own YouTube channel. Let’s not forget the gold plated seat belts. Trump customized the plane, as high rollers do, with a pair of Rolls-Royce engines. The media has said the plane may even be better than Air Force One! On the topic of the Boeing, Trump said that it was his “favorite toy” and that although he didn’t need it, it was “a great luxury to have.”
10. Penthouse – $90M
This is where Donald Trump sleeps at night, along with Melania Trump and Barron. Although it isn’t one of Trump’s most expensive properties, it is one of the more interesting ones. We will sum up this penthouse with one word: gold. The lavish abode is covered in so much of it that it is probably too much for the common man’s senses. Indeed, the house is so extravagantly decadent that Melania and Barron cannot bare to leave it just yet for the measly White House. Of course, we don’t blame them. The three-story penthouse, which has views of all of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline, is just as opulent as you would expect from high-roller Donald Trump. The man eats from golden bowls and gold-rimmed cups for goodness sake! It has a gold and diamond floor, 24-karat gold elements inspired by Louis XIV, along with crystal chandeliers. Then there are the ceilings covered in paintings of various Greek Gods. More gold, gold, gold, gold. Gold cherubs! New York City has to spend more than 1 million every single day in order to protect this place. In more intimate details that have emerged of Trump’s home, there is a table full of photographs of the family, along with luxurious toy cars with the name Barron stamped on them.
9. Mar-A-Lago, Vacation Resort/Club – $150M
This is where Trump spends some of his weekends, his vacation time and presumably where he gets his classic tan – at his 110,000 square foot private club in Palm Springs, Florida, some of the best-valued land in all of Florida. While Trump has other properties that are worth much more than this one, this one is a bit more interesting given that Trump spends a lot of time here. The mansion has 58 bedrooms, 33 bathrooms and 126 rooms altogether. He originally bought it for a measly 5 million, meaning that Trump does seem to have some business skills now that the property is worth 150 million. While he used to live in it, he eventually turned it into a private club/resort. He also rents out rooms for private events. The initiation fee is currently $100,000 on top of $14,000 to be paid every year. You get oceanfront views, an oceanfront pool, a spa, fine dining, access to a golf course/tennis court and more. It is also where Trump married Melania, if you so cared.
8. Ten Golf Courses – $206M
Trump loves golf. When it comes to Trump’s most expensive assets, the combination of his ten golf courses spread across six states is certainly high on the list. And Trump owns 100%. From the California seaside to New York City, Trump’s (golf) balls are everywhere. And that’s not to mention the three golf courses in Scotland and Ireland worth another cool $85 million. The most recent news on the matter is that Trump is not a happy camper golfer with the plans to build “ugly” wind farms in the works near his Scottish golf course. According to Trump, this will “spoil” the Scottish countryside. He wants to stop the project from being built anywhere near his golf course and even tried to end legally but he lost the battle. Since then, he has brought the topic up to some kind of political person, suggesting to many that he may indeed be using his presidency to push his own business agenda. Time will tell.
7. The Trump Building On Wall Street – $345M
As far as Trump’s properties go, 40 Wall Street, also known as The Trump Building, is another high roller for Trump, worth $345 million based on the portion that he owns. Actually, Niketown is worth more ($390 million), but there’s nothing particularly interesting about it, so we didn’t include it. Originally, The Trump Building was designed to be the tallest building in the world but this title didn’t last particularly long. Trump acquired it in 1995 for less than $10 million; the entire property is worth 501 million dollars today. Will Trump be able to apply these business skills to America? We will see. Of course, just like anything Trump is associated with, this building has also been associated with controversy, Trump’s middle name (actually, it’s John). Nevertheless, Trump got himself into hot water when he failed to think before he spoke, commenting on the fact that after the collapse of the twin towers, 40 Wall Street was now the tallest building around. Oh, Trump. The skyscraper stands at 71 stories tall, in case you were wondering.
6. Trump Tower in Manhattan – $371M
This 58-story skyscraper in Manhattan is home for Donald Trump. Trump Tower, also briefly renamed Dump Tower on Google Maps by some trolls, is full of shops (some of which even sell Trump memorabilia!), apartments and various offices, making it one of Trump’s most well-known properties. To date, the building has been home to Michael Jackson, Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruce Willis. If that weren’t enough, it was also the site of Wayne Enterprises in 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises. Of course, like all Tump things, this building has had its fair share of controversy. Trump may not be too fond of all of the undocumented immigrants in America (okay, perhaps only the criminals) but the truth is that a bunch of illegal Polish immigrants worked 12 hours a day, 7 days a week demolishing the previous structure, landing Trump in some hot water. He was locked up in a legal battle regarding his involvement for years, which he still denies today. We will never know what really happened because the details of the case are strictly confidential.
5. Avenue of Americas Building – $409M
Of all of Donald Trump’s properties, 1290 Ave of Americas, filled with both retail ventures and offices, is worth the most. Trump owns 30% of this 2.31 billion dollar building. There’s nothing particularly remarkable about the place in and of itself, and it has been shrouded in legal trouble, but in case you were wondering what Trump’s most expensive property is, it is this – 1290 Ave of Americas, adjacent to the Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall. The skyscrapers that Trump owns or has a stake in are much the same, so that is precisely why we focused on his penthouse and vacation resort/club and more interesting properties. But, of course, we had to mention his most prized property.
4. The Trump (Realty+) Organization – $3.9B
Trump’s primary net worth comes from his real estate ventures, which involve owning/operating, investing in and developing a variety of properties from private residences to commercial buildings like hotels, golf courses casinos. He was even in the wine business before he either sold or gave the property away to one of his sons. The Trump Organization has a number of other business ventures besides real estate that deserve a mention. For example, it has its own production company, which made The Apprentice possible. It even includes a modeling agency, Trump Model Management! Melania Trump was also once linked to the company before she married Trump. Then there’s all the retail side of the things, which has made products like Trump Steaks possible. Who knows where Trump will go next? The tanning business? Okay, we will stop with the tanning jokes, but they basically write themselves. Don’t hate us for it, we’re just having a little bit of fun.
3. The Art of the Deal, Book – 1M Copies Sold
Okay, let’s take a break from discussing Donald Trump’s insane wealth for a second and look at a couple of the priceless boosts of publicity that made him get to where he is today. In that case, we have to discuss Trump’s half memoir, half business advice book, Art of the Deal, a very popular, New York Times Best Seller. Although Trump has denied, on occasion, the fact that he didn’t write the book, the book was indeed ghostwritten by a man named Tony Schwartz. And so begins the interesting part. Schwartz, who got to know Trump very well, now looks back with regret with making Trump much more likeable than he actually was, along with several myths that he perpetuated in the process of penning the book. One of those myths was that Trump had created everything that he is today entirely by himself. In fact, his father had made many of his early business ventures possible via loans; he also inherited a large sum of his money. Interestingly, Trump barely acknowledges his father at all. The second myth is that his business ventures never went wrong – in fact, Trump almost went bankrupt more than once. Everyone needs to read the New Yorker piece “Donald Trump’s Ghostwriter Tells All” – it is a fascinating read.
2. The Apprentice(s) – 21 Seasons, Millions Watched
Secondly, we have to talk about The Apprentice, and Celebrity Apprentice since TV, too, made Donald Trump a household name. In fact, the show was based on the book. Also, it has been said that the show is responsible for turning Trump into a “pop culture figure,” a brand, and was even responsible for Trump’s entire presidential campaign and win. How you ask? Because it presented Trump as a businessman who would always win – a man that could potentially “Make America Great Again.” Although, the reality is that the image of Trump in that book has been since debunked by the ghostwriter of the book, who has been so ashamed of his role in creating Donald Trump that he has donated a large sum of his royalties to his book to charities that benefit immigrant families. If you’re a Trump supporter, you may not be too happy with this, but what we want to know is, Who is the Real Donald Trump?
1. Estimated Net Worth – $4.5B
Forbes has been trying to figure out the extent of Donald Trump’s wealth for more than 35 years. Their most current estimate puts Trump at 4.5 billion dollars, which is actually down this year. According to Trump, however, Forbes would be wrong. He claims he is worth more than $10 billion. Regardless, what we want to know is how exactly did Trump get so rich. First of all, it all started with Trump’s grandmother and father who started in the real estate business. According to Investopedia, it was Trump’s father who had the true “rags to riches” kind of story and was actually the genius in all of this. Donald was lucky to be born into a wealthy family, his inheritance worth anywhere from $40 million to $200 million. It was him who made it possible for Trump to start investing in/developing real estate as he provided the loan(s) to be able to do so.
Essentially, Trump had a lot of money and he invested it into Manhattan, which was extremely risky, but it paid off in a big way. Trump established himself as a real estate mogul but then became a household name with the book The Art of the Deal and the reality TV show The Apprentice. Trump basically made himself into a brand, which also allowed him to do a bunch of licensing deals with the Trump name on it, from fragrance to furniture. An inheritance, a risky personality, some business sense, a stroke of a luck and the desire to be a (reality) TV star made Trump the man he is today.